Diego Corrales

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Diego Corrales
Diego Corrales.jpg
Corrales in 2004
Statistics
Nickname(s) Chico
Rated at
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1977-08-25)August 25, 1977
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Died May 7, 2007(2007-05-07) (aged 29)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 45
Wins 40
Wins by KO 33
Losses 5

Diego "Chico" Corrales (August 25, 1977 – May 7, 2007) was an American professional boxer.[1] He was a multiple-time world champion in two weight divisions, having held the IBF super featherweight title from 1999 to 2000; the WBO super featherweight title in 2004; the WBO lightweight title from 2004 to 2006; and the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal lightweight titles from 2005 to 2006.

In 2005, Corrales received Fight of the Year honors by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America for his acclaimed first bout with José Luis Castillo.

Early life[edit]

Corrales was born in Columbia, South Carolina[2] to a Colombian father, Diego Corrales Sr.[3] and a Mexican mother.[1][4] Corrales' early life was filled with violence; he was raised in the Oak Park section of Sacramento, was involved with street gangs at age 13, and witnessed his best friend's death via drive-by shooting. Corrales had a degree in culinary arts. He trained at "Sac Pal" (Sacramento Police Athletic League) Boxing Gym.[5]

Amateur career[edit]

Corrales compiled an amateur boxing record of 105-12.[6] In 1994, he took second place at the United States Amateur Championships, losing to Frankie Carmona on points in the featherweight final. He reached the first round of the featherweight bracket at the 1995 Pan American Games, losing to Arnaldo Mesa. At the 1995 World Championships, he lost out on a medal after losing to Marco Rudolph in the lightweight bracket.

Professional career[edit]

Super Featherweight[edit]

Corrales vs. Mayweather[edit]

On January 20, 2001, Corrales challenged Ring No. 2 ranked Super Featherweight and #7 Pound-For-Pound Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the WBC super featherweight title and recorded his first knockdown and first loss. In the bout, Mayweather knocked down Corrales five times (three times in the seventh round and twice in the tenth). After the fifth knockdown, Corrales' corner stopped the fight, despite Corrales' protests.

Shortly after the Mayweather fight, Corrales served 14 months in prison after opting for a plea bargain on charges he faced for abusing his pregnant wife, Maria.[7]

Corrales vs. Casamayor I & II[edit]

In 2003, Corrales returned to the ring. After easily winning four fights, Corrales fought against Ring No. 1 ranked Super Featherweight Joel Casamayor. After the sixth round, the fight was stopped because of a deep cut inside of Corrales' mouth. On March 6, 2004, there was a rematch for the vacant WBO super featherweight title. Corrales won by close split decision.

Lightweight[edit]

Corrales vs. Freitas[edit]

On August 7, 2004, Corrales fought former two-time Super Featherweight champion and current WBO Lightweight champion, Acelino Freitas, who came into the bout unbeaten. Corrales won the fight, via TKO in the tenth round, making Corrales a two weight champion. Freitas won the early rounds, but by the later rounds he was visibly tired and began to be caught by Corrales. After rising from his third knockdown, Freitas walked away from the referee and quit.

Corrales vs. Castillo I[edit]

On May 7, 2005, Corrales defeated WBC and Ring Lightweight champion José Luis Castillo via TKO in the tenth round, giving Corrales his fourth title in 2 weight classes. The fight is almost universally regarded as the best fight of 2005.[8][9][10] Both men stood in front of each other, battering each other with hard combinations and power punches throughout the entire fight. Finally, in the tenth round, Castillo knocked Corrales down. Seconds later, Castillo knocked Corrales down again. Once on the ground, Corrales managed to beat the count, and, after a point was taken away for excessive spitting out of the mouthpiece, Corrales connected with a punch that Castillo later called "a perfect right hand."[11] Corrales then trapped Castillo against the ropes and landed numerous punches, causing the referee, Tony Weeks, to stop the fight.

Corrales vs. Castillo II[edit]

A rematch between Corrales and Castillo occurred on October 8, 2005. On the day before the fight, Castillo weighed-in 3½ lb over the 135 lb (61 kg) lightweight limit. Since Castillo did not make the weight, the fight became a non-title bout. The two fighters continued with the same fighting style that they had used in the first fight, trading inside punches throughout the first three rounds. Early in the fourth round, Castillo knocked down Corrales with a left hook to his chin. Corrales wobbled to his feet at the referee's count of ten, causing the fight to end.

Corrales vs. Castillo III, dubbed "The War to Settle the Score," had been scheduled for February 4, 2006, but it was postponed because of a rib injury that Corrales suffered while training. The fight was rescheduled for June 3, 2006. At the weigh-in, however, Corrales weighed the 135 lb (61 kg) lightweight limit whereas Castillo weighed 139½ lb—causing the fight to be cancelled. Corrales later sued Castillo for punitive damages.

Corrales vs. Casamayor III[edit]

Corrales was scheduled to defend his lightweight title in a third bout against Joel Casamayor on October 7, 2006. However, Corrales weighed in 5 pounds over the limit. He was given two hours to shed five pounds, but came back at 139 pounds. Corrales would have been stripped of the title if he had won the bout, but Casamayor defeated him by split decision for the WBC and The Ring lightweight titles.

On April 7, 2007, fighting in the welterweight division, Corrales lost a unanimous decision to Joshua Clottey.[12] Corrales was dropped in rounds 9 and 10 and lost by the scores of 97-90, 98-89 and 100-87.

Death[edit]

On May 7, 2007, exactly two years to the day after his first fight with Castillo, Corrales was killed in a three-vehicle accident near his Las Vegas home. Corrales was riding a 2007 Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle, traveling northbound on Fort Apache Road in the southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley, Corrales attempted to pass another vehicle at high speed, but Corrales struck the back of the car and was thrown more than 100 feet into oncoming traffic and struck by another vehicle. An ambulance was called by the witnesses at the scene, Corrales was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Las Vegas police spokesman Sgt. Tracy McDonald said: "The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 p.m. PDT." McDonald could not say how fast the motorcycle was traveling. Corrales' blood alcohol content was 0.25 at the time of the crash, approximately 3 times the legal limit for Nevada.[13]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
45 fights 40 wins 5 losses
By knockout 33 3
By decision 7 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 Loss 40–5 Ghana Joshua Clottey UD 10 Apr 7, 2007 United States Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
44 Loss 40–4 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 Oct 7, 2006 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
43 Loss 40–3 Mexico Jose Luis Castillo KO 4 (12), 0:47 Oct 8, 2005 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
42 Win 40–2 Mexico José Luis Castillo TKO 10 (12), 2:06 May 7, 2005 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO lightweight title;
Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
41 Win 39–2 Brazil Acelino Freitas TKO 10 (12), 1:24 Aug 7, 2004 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Won WBO lightweight title
40 Win 38–2 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 Mar 6, 2004 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. Won IBA and vacant WBO super featherweight titles
39 Loss 37–2 Cuba Joel Casamayor TKO 6 (12), 3:00 Oct 4, 2003 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For vacant IBA super featherweight title
38 Win 37–1 United States Damian Fuller KO 3 (10), 1:48 Jun 20, 2003 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.
37 Win 36–1 United States Felix St Kitts TKO 3 (10), 1:36 Apr 24, 2003 United States Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.
36 Win 35–1 United States Roque Cassiani RTD 1 (10), 3:00 Feb 22, 2003 United States The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
35 Win 34–1 United States Michael Davis TKO 5 (8) Jan 25, 2003 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
34 Loss 33–1 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr. TKO 10 (12), 2:19 Jan 20, 2001 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBC and lineal super featherweight titles
33 Win 33–0 United States Angel Manfredy TKO 3 (12), 2:38 Sep 2, 2000 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S. Retained IBF and IBA super featherweight titles
32 Win 32–0 Uganda Justin Juuko KO 10 (12), 2:35 Jun 17, 2000 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Won vacant IBA super featherweight title
31 Win 31–0 United States Derrick Gainer TKO 3 (12), 1:50 Mar 18, 2000 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF super featherweight title;
Won vacant IBA super featherweight title
30 Win 30–0 United States John Brown UD 12 Dec 4, 1999 United States Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, U.S. Retained IBF super featherweight title
29 Win 29–0 United States Robert Garcia TKO 7 (12), 0:48 Oct 23, 1999 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won IBF super featherweight title
28 Win 28–0 Mexico Angel Aldama RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Jun 12, 1999 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, U.S. Won vacant IBA Intercontinental lightweight title
27 Win 27–0 Argentina Claudio Victor Martinet TKO 5 (10), 2:06 Apr 2, 1999 United States Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 Australia Gairy St. Clair UD 12 Dec 18, 1998 United States Yosemite Hall, Sacramento, California, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Puerto Rico Hector Arroyo TKO 5 (10), 1:01 Nov 20, 1998 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 United States Benito Rodriguez KO 6 Sep 12, 1998 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Rafael Morfin TKO 2 Aug 15, 1998 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Benito Rodriguez TD 7 (8), 2:49 Jul 5, 1998 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, U.S. Unanimous TD after Rodriguez was unable to continue from an accidental low blow
21 Win 21–0 Ghana Eduardo Contreras KO 2 (10), 1:12 May 30, 1998 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 Cuba Juan Carlos Salazar KO 1 Apr 18, 1998 United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Mexico Angel Aldama UD 10 Dec 4, 1997 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Juan Angel Macias KO 6 (12), 2:35 Oct 18, 1997 United States Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBA Intercontinental lightweight title
17 Win 17–0 Philippines Isagani Pumar KO 4 (10), 2:28 Aug 22, 1997 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Manny Castillo TKO 11 (12) 0:48 Jul 11, 1997 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S. Won vacant IBA Intercontinental lightweight title
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Javier Pichardo KO 2 (12), 2:47 May 9, 1997 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBA Intercontinental super featherweight title
14 Win 14–0 United States Steve Quinonez TKO 4 (12), 2:21 Apr 4, 1997 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant IBA Intercontinental super featherweight title
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Idelfonso Bernal TKO 2 (6), 0:34 Mar 14, 1997 United States Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Salvador Montes KO 1 (6) Jan 13, 1997 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Julian Vasquez KO 1 Dec 16, 1996 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Mario Gonzalez KO 1 Dec 13, 1996 Mexico Tecate, Mexico
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Juan Santos TKO 1 Nov 29, 1996 Mexico Tijuana, Mexico
8 Win 8–0 United States Sergio Macias TKO 4 (4), 1:46 Oct 11, 1996 United States Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Murphy Hughes KO 1 (4), 2:52 Sep 13, 1996 United States Knapp Center, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Cesar Morales TKO 2 (4) Aug 17, 1996 United States Sports Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Lorenzo Raul Chaires KO 1 (4) Jun 27, 1996 United States Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Ciro Canales UD 4 Jun 7, 1996 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Victor Manuel Mendoza TKO 3 (4), 2:59 May 30, 1996 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Enrique Beltran UD 4 Mar 28, 1996 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Everett Barry TKO 3 (4), 1:12 Mar 19, 1996 United States Club Rio, Tempe, Arizona, U.S. Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

Minor world titles
New title IBA Intercontinental super featherweight champion
April 4, 1997 – July 11, 1997
Won lightweight title
Vacant
Title next held by
Patrick Hyland
IBA Intercontinental lightweight champion
July 11, 1997 – July 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Gabriel Ruelas
Vacant
Title last held by
Gabriel Ruelas
IBA Intercontinental lightweight champion
June 12, 1999 – March 2000
Vacated
Title discontinued
Vacant
Title last held by
José Luis Castillo
IBA super featherweight champion
March 18, 2000 – June 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Carlos Navarro
Vacant
Title last held by
Carlos Navarro
IBA super featherweight champion
June 17, 2000 – October 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Joel Casamayor
Preceded by
Joel Casamayor
IBA super featherweight champion
March 6, 2004 – August 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Érik Morales
Major world titles
Preceded by
Robert Garcia
IBF super featherweight champion
October 23, 1999 – October 4, 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Forbes
Vacant
Title last held by
Acelino Freitas
WBO super featherweight champion
March 6, 2004 – August 7, 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Mike Anchondo
Preceded by
Acelino Freitas
WBO lightweight champion
August 7, 2004 – April 2006
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Acelino Freitas
Preceded by
José Luis Castillo
WBC lightweight champion
May 7, 2005 – October 6, 2006
Stripped (title lost on the scales)
Succeeded by
Joel Casamayor
The Ring lightweight champion
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
Lineal lightweight champion
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Rawling (2007-05-10). "Diego Corrales | Boxing | guardian.co.uk Sport". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ http://www.espn.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=2863505
  3. ^ http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content7346.html
  4. ^ http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content7379.html
  5. ^ Press release. "Showtime Championship Boxing to feature WBO lightweight championship." 2 June 2004. Showtime. Retrieved 28 August 2006.
  6. ^ Boxing-Records editors. Boxing-Records: Diego Corrales 1 March 2006. GFAX. Retrieved 28 August 2006.
  7. ^ "Diego Corrales Looks Ahead". Maxboxing.com. 2003-06-18. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  8. ^ Eisele, Andrew. "Ring Magazine Fight of the Year." About.com. Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  9. ^ Gregg, John. HIS main goal was to beat castillo."2005 Boxing Year in Review." 3 January 2006. The Boxing Times.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  10. ^ "Corrales vs. Castillo I- Fight of the Year 2005." 5 January 2006. TigerBoxing.com.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  11. ^ Castillo, José Luis. "Showtime Conference Call Quotes: Corrales, Castillo & Their Teams." 5 December 2005. East Side Boxing. His main goal was to beat Castillo. Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  12. ^ "ESPN - Fight lasts 10 rounds, but Clottey dominates throughout - Boxing". Sports.espn.go.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  13. ^ "Corrales blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit". Sports.espn.go.com. Associated Press. 

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