2002-02-01 Vassiliy Jirov w pts 12 Jorge Castro, Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, USA - IBF
2002-02-01 Vassiliy Jirov w pts 12 Jorge Castro, Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, USA - IBF. Referee: Bobby Ferrara. Scorecards: 119-109, 119-109, 120-108. Challenging for Jirov’s title, the tubby Castro (187) was way above his best fighting weight and went down on points despite rocking the champion every now and again to remind the onlookers of better days. Boxing at distance, Jirov (189) was the master, his southpaw jab finding Castro without fail, and it was only when he was at close quarters that he was exposed. A 30-1 underdog, Castro was never in with a chance and it was only his solid chin that enabled him to make it to the final bell.