Jean Baptiste Mendy vs Stevie Johnston

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Jean Baptiste Mendy vs Stevie Johnston
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Saturday, March 1, 1997
Halle Georges Carpentier, Paris, Paris, France
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WBC Lightweight World Title (Mendy's 1st defence)
Jose Guadalupe Garcia

Official Judging
Angel Luis Guzman 113 - 114
Jose Juan Guerra 115 - 113
Daniel Van de Wiele 116 - 113


In a match between southpaws, the champion gave a lackluster performance and also had a point deducted for butting in the fifth following a clash of heads which left Johnston badly cut over the left eye. Whatever Mendy tried in the opening four rounds did not seem to work against a smaller man who stepped around him, jabbing from head to body, and generally dictated matters. Undoubtedly Mendy won the sixth and seventh as Johnston took a breather and he came again to share the spoils during the last three sessions, but it was not enough.

Jean-Baptiste Mendy 49-5-2 (30 KOs) vs. Stevie Johnston 20-0 (13 KOs) Johnston was the mandatory challenger for Mendy. At 34, Mendy was ten years older than Johnston.

Houston, Graham. "The Aces Are With Angel" (1999, August) Boxing Monthly

Hugman, Barry. Barry Hugman's History of World Championship Boxing

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