Corrales in 2004
|Real name||Diego Corrales|
|Height||5 ft 10½ in|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
August 25, 1977|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Died||May 7, 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Wins by KO||33|
Diego "Chico" Corrales (August 25, 1977 – May 7, 2007) was an American professional boxer. He was the WBC, WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion, as well as the WBO and IBF super featherweight champion.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Death
- 5 Professional boxing record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Corrales was born in Sacramento, California to a Colombian father, Diego Corrales Sr. and a Mexican mother. 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.
Corrales compiled an amateur boxing record of 105-12. In 1994, he took second place at the United States Amateur Championships, losing to Frankie Carmona on points in the featherweight final. He was a bronze medalist at featherweight in the 1995 Pan American Games. At lightweight, he lost in the 1995 World Championships in Berlin, Germany to Marco Rudolph.
Corrales vs. Mayweather
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.
Corrales vs. Casamayor I & II
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.
Corrales vs. Freitas
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
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. 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." Corrales then trapped Castillo against the ropes and landed numerous punches, causing the referee, Tony Weeks, to stop the fight.
Corrales vs. Castillo II
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
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. Corrales was dropped in rounds 9 and 10 and lost by the scores of 97-90, 98-89 and 100-87.
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.
Professional boxing record
|40 Wins (33 knockouts, 7 decisions), 5 Losses (3 by knockout, 2 by decision), 0 Draws |
|Loss||40-5||Joshua Clottey||UD||10||2007-04-07||The Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri|
|Loss||40-4||Joel Casamayor||SD||12||2006-10-07||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBC & The Ring Lightweight titles.|
|Loss||40-3||José Luis Castillo||KO||4 (12), 0:47||2005-10-08||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Non-title bout.|
|Win||40-2||José Luis Castillo||TKO||10 (12), 2:06||2005-05-07||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBO and won WBC & The Ring Lightweight titles.
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (2005)
|Win||39-2||Acelino Freitas||TKO||10 (12), 1:24||2004-08-07||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Won WBO Lightweight title.|
|Win||38-2||Joel Casamayor||SD||12||2004-03-06||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Won vacant WBO Super Featherweight title.|
|Loss||37-2||Joel Casamayor||TKO||6 (12), 3:00||2003-10-04||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||37-1||Damian Fuller||KO||3 (10), 0:48||2003-06-20||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California|
|Win||36-1||Felix St Kitts||TKO||3 (10), 1:36||2003-04-24||Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi|
|Win||35-1||Roque Cassiani||RTD||1 (10), 3:00||2003-02-22||Pyramid Arena, Memphis, Tennessee|
|Win||34-1||Michael Davis||TKO||5 (8)||2003-01-25||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Loss||33-1||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||TKO||10 (12), 2:19||2001-01-20||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBC Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||33-0||Angel Manfredy||TKO||3 (12), 2:38||2000-09-02||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas||Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||32-0||Justin Juuko||KO||10 (12), 2:35||2000-06-17||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||31-0||Derrick Gainer||TKO||3 (12), 1:50||2000-03-18||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||30-0||John Brown||UD||12||1999-12-04||Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon||Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||29-0||Roberto Garcia||TKO||7 (12), 0:48||1999-10-23||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won IBF Super Featherweight title.|
|Win||28-0||Angel Aldama||TKO||4 (12)||1999-06-12||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California|
|Win||27-0||Claudio Victor Martinet||TKO||5 (10), 2:06||1999-04-02||Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|Win||26-0||Gairy St. Clair||UD||12||1998-12-18||Yosemite Hall, Sacramento, California|
|Win||25-0||Hector Arroyo||TKO||5 (10), 1:01||1998-11-20||The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
- John Rawling (2007-05-10). "Diego Corrales | Boxing | guardian.co.uk Sport". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- Press release. "Showtime Championship Boxing to feature WBO lightweight championship." 2 June 2004. Showtime. Retrieved 28 August 2006.
- Boxing-Records editors. Boxing-Records: Diego Corrales 1 March 2006. GFAX. Retrieved 28 August 2006.
- "Diego Corrales Looks Ahead". Maxboxing.com. 2003-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-06.[dead link]
- Eisele, Andrew. "Ring Magazine Fight of the Year." About.com. Retrieved 23 July 2006.
- Gregg, John. HIS main goal was to beat castillo."2005 Boxing Year in Review." 3 January 2006. The Boxing Times.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
- "Corrales vs. Castillo I- Fight of the Year 2005." 5 January 2006. TigerBoxing.com.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
- 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.
- "ESPN - Fight lasts 10 rounds, but Clottey dominates throughout - Boxing". Sports.espn.go.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- "Corrales blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit". Sports.espn.go.com. Associated Press.
- Diego Corrales's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com
- Professional boxing record for Diego Corrales from BoxRec
- The rises and falls of Diego Corrales by Jason Probst, 17 April 2003, Sacramento News & Review.
- Diego Corrales's FindAGrave Site
- Diego Corrales Fight-by-Fight Career Record
- FightFan.com: Exclusive AUDIO Interview with 'Chico' by Ace Freeman,
- A brothers love by Esteban "Steve" Corrales
|Awards and achievements|
|IBF Super Featherweight Champion
October 23, 1999 – September 2, 2000
Title next held bySteve Forbes
Title last held byAcelino Freitas
|WBO Super Featherweight Champion
March 6, 2004
Title next held byMike Anchondo
|WBO Lightweight Champion
August 7, 2004 – 2006
Title next held byAcelino Freitas
José Luis Castillo
|WBC Lightweight Champion
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
|The Ring Lightweight Champion
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
Marco Antonio Barrera W12 Erik Morales
|The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
KO10 José Luis Castillo
Mahyar Monshipour KO10