2003-11-01 Floyd Mayweather Jr w rsc 7 Philip Ndou, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - WBC/The Ring
2003-11-01 Floyd Mayweather Jr w rsc 7 Phillip Ndou, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - WBC. Referee: Frank Garza. The first round saw the champion making the running before Ndou (134½) came on strong in the second as he applied good pressure with the jab and worked the body well. In the third Mayweather (135) picked up the pace when he hurt Ndou with right hands to the head and left hooks to the body, the momentum continuing into the fourth. Despite being nailed by a cracking right hand to the jaw and being taken apart in the fifth, Ndou walked through the punches to get his own blows off before Mayweather’s fists flailed back at the end of the session. Although Ndou came through the sixth a lot had been taken out of him, and after a battery of rights to the head had put him down for the mandatory count in the seventh on getting up he reeled into the ropes where he was stopped by the referee on the 1.08 mark.
Mayweather vacated the title when he moved up a division after defeating DeMarcus Corley (w pts 12 at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey on 22 May 2004) in a WBC junior welterweight championship eliminator, which was followed by Jose Luis Castillo and Juan Lazcano being matched to find a new champion.