Verno Jeremias Phillips is an American professional boxer in the Light Middleweight/Super Welterweight division. He was born on November 29, 1969 in San Pablo, Belize.
Phillips turned pro in 1998, and is known for capturing the Vacant WBO Light Middleweight Title after defeating Lupe Aquino in 1993.
Phillip had enjoyed a prosperous career in boxing before he left to take some time off. He defeated Aquino in 1993 and defeated Jaime Llanes in July of 1994. His defeating Llanes was his first fight in defense of his title. In November of the same year, he had his second win in defense of his title with a unanimous decision over Santos Cardona in a 12-round fight. Four months later, the two fighters clashed again and this time Phillips won by split decision.
He defended the title in four fights before losing to Paul “Silky” Jones in a close decision. Phillips managed to knockdown Jones in the opening round, but “Silky” recovered and came on to him with constant movement.
In 2004, Phillips went for the Vacant IBF Light Middleweight Title by defeating Carlos Bojorquez through TKO. However, he quickly lost the title on his next fight to Kassim Ouma. As it was, Phillip already had his first loss in 2001 against Ouma. After he won the IBF Light Middleweight Title, he again came face to face with Ouma and lost for the second time, losing his title in the process.
He lost his next bout to Ikey Quartey, but he did rally wins, in 2006, by defeating Teddy Reid and Juan Carlos Candelo.
Phillips stands 5’7.5” and has a reach of 69” with an Orthodox stance. He has had a total of 54 fights with 42 wins, and 21 of those wins through knockout. Phillips also has 10 losses and 1 draw, and also 1 “No contests.”