2000-12-03 Steve Forbes w rsc 8 John Brown, Miccosukee Gaming Casino, Miami, Florida, USA - IBF
2000-12-03 Steve Forbes w rsc 8 John Brown, Miccosukee Gaming Casino, Miami, Florida, USA - IBF. Referee: Jorge Alonso. Contesting the title left vacant on Diego Corrales’ decision to challenge for the WBC belt, it was the better boxing of Forbes (130) that ultimately won the day when the tough Brown (130) was pulled out by the referee at 2.22 of the eighth after he had suffered a perforated eardrum. There was never much between them as the stocky Brown, much the smaller of the pair, continually crowded the classier Forbes and at times there was almost no room to breathe. Eventually Forbes began to find the space for his punches and in the fifth and sixth rounds he was landing good jabs and hard rights, but lacked the firepower to keep Brown at bay for long. Having opened up in the eighth as the pace died down, Forbes was now getting to Brown far more readily and although the latter was not apparently hurt it was the damaged ear that brought his challenge to an end.