2004-06-05 Verno Phillips w rtd 6 Carlos Bojorquez, Leggett & Platt Athletic Centre, Joplin, Missouri, USA - IBF
2004-06-05 Verno Phillips w rtd 6 Carlos Bojorquez, Leggett & Platt Athletic Centre, Joplin, Missouri, USA - IBF. Referee: Mark Nelson. Fighting for the title that became available when Ronald Wright was stripped, Phillips (153½) was supposed to have met Kassim Ouma, but when he pulled out with a back problem Bojorquez (154) substituted at just four days notice. Very much a club fighter, with Bojorquez not in Phillips’ class he was soon being banged around, but as game as a pebble he was always trying to get his punches off. In the fifth, after Bojorquez was almost overwhelmed, at the end of the session the referee told him that if he did not start defending himself better he would have to pull him out. It got worse in the sixth when Bojorquez was sent down for ‘four’, following a smashing right to the head, and having been saved by the bell he was retired by his corner during the interval.