Diego Corrales

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Diego Corrales
Diego Corrales.jpg
Corrales in 2004
Real name Diego Corrales
Nickname(s) Chico
Rated at Lightweight
Super featherweight
Height 5 ft 10½ in
Reach 73 in (185 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1977-08-25)August 25, 1977
Sacramento, California, 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 the WBC, WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion, as well as the WBO and IBF super featherweight champion.

In 2005, Corrales received the prestigious Fight of the Year award by both The Ring and BWAA for his acclaimed first bout with José Luis Castillo.

Early life[edit]

Corrales was born in Sacramento, California to a Colombian father, Diego Corrales Sr.[2] and a Mexican mother.[1][3] 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.[4]

Amateur career[edit]

Corrales compiled an amateur boxing record of 105-12.[5] 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.

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.[6]

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.


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.[7][8][9] 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."[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

40 Wins (33 knockouts, 7 decisions), 5 Losses (3 by knockout, 2 by decision), 0 Draws [13]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss 40-5 Ghana Joshua Clottey UD 10 2007-04-07 United States The Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri
Loss 40-4 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 2006-10-07 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC & The Ring Lightweight titles.
Loss 40-3 Mexico José Luis Castillo KO 4 (12), 0:47 2005-10-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Non-title bout.
Win 40-2 Mexico José Luis Castillo TKO 10 (12), 2:06 2005-05-07 United States 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 Brazil Acelino Freitas TKO 10 (12), 1:24 2004-08-07 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won WBO Lightweight title.
Win 38-2 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 2004-03-06 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won vacant WBO Super Featherweight title.
Loss 37-2 Cuba Joel Casamayor TKO 6 (12), 3:00 2003-10-04 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 37-1 United States Damian Fuller KO 3 (10), 0:48 2003-06-20 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win 36-1 Puerto Rico Felix St Kitts TKO 3 (10), 1:36 2003-04-24 United States Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi
Win 35-1 Colombia Roque Cassiani RTD 1 (10), 3:00 2003-02-22 United States Pyramid Arena, Memphis, Tennessee
Win 34-1 United States Michael Davis TKO 5 (8) 2003-01-25 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Loss 33-1 United States Floyd Mayweather, Jr. TKO 10 (12), 2:19 2001-01-20 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 33-0 United States Angel Manfredy TKO 3 (12), 2:38 2000-09-02 United States Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.
Win 32-0 Uganda Justin Juuko KO 10 (12), 2:35 2000-06-17 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 31-0 United States Derrick Gainer TKO 3 (12), 1:50 2000-03-18 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.
Win 30-0 United States John Brown UD 12 1999-12-04 United States Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon Retained IBF Super Featherweight title.
Win 29-0 Mexico Roberto Garcia TKO 7 (12), 0:48 1999-10-23 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Super Featherweight title.
Win 28-0 Mexico Angel Aldama TKO 4 (12) 1999-06-12 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win 27-0 Argentina Claudio Victor Martinet TKO 5 (10), 2:06 1999-04-02 United States Chattanooga Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Win 26-0 Australia Gairy St. Clair UD 12 1998-12-18 United States Yosemite Hall, Sacramento, California
Win 25-0 Puerto Rico Hector Arroyo TKO 5 (10), 1:01 1998-11-20 United States The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada


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  2. ^ http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content7346.html
  3. ^ http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content7379.html
  4. ^ Press release. "Showtime Championship Boxing to feature WBO lightweight championship." 2 June 2004. Showtime. Retrieved 28 August 2006.
  5. ^ Boxing-Records editors. Boxing-Records: Diego Corrales 1 March 2006. GFAX. Retrieved 28 August 2006.
  6. ^ "Diego Corrales Looks Ahead". Maxboxing.com. 2003-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-06. [dead link]
  7. ^ Eisele, Andrew. "Ring Magazine Fight of the Year." About.com. Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  8. ^ Gregg, John. HIS main goal was to beat castillo."2005 Boxing Year in Review." 3 January 2006. The Boxing Times.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  9. ^ "Corrales vs. Castillo I- Fight of the Year 2005." 5 January 2006. TigerBoxing.com.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "ESPN - Fight lasts 10 rounds, but Clottey dominates throughout - Boxing". Sports.espn.go.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  12. ^ "Corrales blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit". Sports.espn.go.com. Associated Press. 
  13. ^ Diego Corrales's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com

External links[edit]

Mar 2007

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roberto Garcia
IBF Super Featherweight Champion
October 23, 1999 – September 2, 2000
Title next held by
Steve Forbes
Title last held by
Acelino Freitas
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
March 6, 2004
Title next held by
Mike Anchondo
Preceded by
Acelino Freitas
WBO Lightweight Champion
August 7, 2004 – 2006
Title next held by
Acelino Freitas
Preceded by
José Luis Castillo
WBC Lightweight Champion
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
Succeeded by
Joel Casamayor
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
Somsak Sithchatchawal