2003-10-04 Carlos Hernandez w tdec 10 Steve Forbes, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF

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2003-10-04 Carlos Hernandez w tdec 10 Steve Forbes, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA - IBF. Referee: Pat Russell. Scorecards: 97-93, 97-94, 98-92. Staying close to his cleverer opponent from the start, the champion decided that ‘killing’ the body would ultimately win him the fight and although Forbes (129¼) occasionally found some room for solid punches the pair were mainly confined to close quarters. Badly hurt in the fourth, Hernandez (128½) doggedly stuck to his task and came back at Forbes in the fifth before a terrible clash of heads saw blood pouring from the former’s left eye. Seemingly fading in the eighth and battered in the ninth, Forbes came right back in the tenth to hand out punishment of his own before colliding with Hernandez, whose face suddenly became a sea of blood. With the latter deemed unable to continue by the referee at the end of the round the decision went to the cards and for the second time running in a title contest Hernandez won by a technical decision.