Cory Spinks vs. Verno Phillips
2008-03-27 : Cory Spinks 153 lbs lost to Verno Phillips 153 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12
- Location: Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
- Referee: Gerald Scott
- Judge: Robert Paolino 112-116
- Judge: Robert Hoyle 115-113
- Judge: Jerry Griffin 113-115
In a mild upset, Verno Phillips took the IBF Junior Middleweight title at age 38 from champion Cory Spinks, who lost his second straight split decision. In a highly competitive fight for all twelve rounds with many good exchanges in center ring, the southpaw Spinks was clearly the busier of the two fighters, landing many crisp right jabs and occasional lefts. Phillips counterpunched well though, landing many power shots on the inside that kept this fight extremely close. Spinks was more aggressive over the first six rounds, with Phillips coming on after that. Phillips best moment came near the end of round seven, when he landed a left right right that backed up Spinks. There was also some furious in fighting in a corner and on the ropes in round 8. The fight appeared even, and the crowd booed in the later rounds when it became a tight defensive war. Both fighters appeared in excellent shape in a drawish fight which appeared to be able to go either way.
In the history of the Light Middleweight division, going back to the initial title bouts of the WBC (1975), the WBA (1975), the IBF (1984) and the WBO (1988), Verno Phillips is the oldest fighter to both fight for and win a version of the World Junior Middleweight title. The oldest present or former World Junior Middleweight champion to win a bout in this weight class is former WBA-WBC champion Sandro Mazzinghi, who went undefeated in his last 25 bouts between 1966-1978, who won a ten round decision at age 39 over Jean-Claude Warusfel in Florence, Italy, in his last ring appearance in 1978. Mazzinghi is ranked # 1 all-time among Boxrec Junior Middleweights.
At ringside for this IBF Junior Middleweight title bout: former World Heavyweight Champion Michael Spinks; former World Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks (now an assistant cornerman for his son); and current IBF World Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham.