1997-07-19 Frankie Liles w pts 12 Jaffa Ballogou, The Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA - WBA
1997-07-19 Frankie Liles w pts 12 Jaffa Ballogou, The Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, USA - WBA. Referee: Anthony Bryant. Scorecards: 117-111, 118-109, 115-110. In a match between southpaws the champion had a fair amount of trouble with the big-punching Ballogou (167½), both men being docked points as the contest degenerated. Ballogou, the biggest offender, really should have been disqualified for countless transgressions, but all the while he was in the ring he remained dangerous despite being outboxed by Liles (166½). After being pounded for much of the ninth, Ballogou put Liles down with a wide right to the jaw, and in the 12th the latter was in a bad way following a similar punch that sent him staggering around the ring and slipping down with 40 seconds on the clock. However, Liles hung on for the win.