2001-05-12 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Raul Frank, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF

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2001-05-12 Vernon Forrest w pts 12 Raul Frank, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - IBF. Referee: Ken Zimmer. Scorecards: 120-108, 118-110, 118-110. In a rematch to contest the vacant title, Forrest (145¼) became the new champion when winning all rounds bar the fifth, in what was a messy affair. Tall for his weight and fast, Forrest failed to make full use of these advantages, being content to box on the back foot while happy to let Frank (147) come to him. Even when in control Forrest failed to land effectively with right hands, preferring not to take any unnecessary risks against a wild swinging opponent who despite being dangerous at close quarters was limited at that level. Bearing in mind that their previous contest had seen one head clash too many, Forrest obviously had good reason not to get involved this time round.

When Forrest was stripped of the championship in December after deciding to challenge Shane Mosley for the WBC crown, the IBF set up a fight for the vacant title between Michele Piccirillo and Cory Spinks.