2004-06-05 Verno Phillips w rtd 6 Carlos Bojorquez, Leggett & Platt Athletic Centre, Joplin, Missouri, USA - IBF
2004-06-05 Verno Phillips w rtd 6 Carlos Bojorquez, Leggett & Platt Athletic Centre, Joplin, Missouri, USA - IBF. Referee: Mark Nelson. Fighting for the title that became available when Ronald Wright was stripped, Phillips (153½) was supposed to have met Kassim Ouma, but when he pulled out with a back problem Bojorquez (154) substituted at just four days notice. Very much a club fighter, Bojorquez was not in Phillips’ class and was soon being banged around, but, as game as a pebble, he was always trying to get his punches off. By the fifth Bojorquez was almost being overwhelmed and at the end of the session the referee told him that if he didn’t start defending himself better he would have to pull him out. It got worse in the sixth when Bojorquez was sent down for ‘four’, following a smashing right to the head, and after virtually being saved by the bell he was retired by his corner during the interval.