Diego Corrales

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Diego Corrales
Diego Corrales.jpg
Corrales in 2004
Statistics
Nickname(s) Chico
Rated at Lightweight
Super featherweight
Height 5 ft 10 12 in (179 cm)
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] who held the WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine lightweight titles, as well as the WBO and IBF super featherweight titles.

In 2005, Corrales received the prestigious Fight of the Year award by both 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 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.

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.[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.

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.[12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

41 Wins (34 knockouts, 8 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 Shrine Mosque Auditorium, Springfield, Missouri
Loss 40–4 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 2006-10-07 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 40–3 Mexico Jose Luis Castillo KO 4 (12), 0:47 2005-10-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 40–2 Mexico José Luis Castillo TKO 10 (12), 2:06 2005-05-07 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC and The Ring and retained WBO Lightweight titles.
Win 39–2 Brazil Acelino Freitas TKO 10 (12), 1:24 2004-08-07 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won WBO Lightweight title.
Win 38–2 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 2004-03-06 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won vacant WBO and IBA Super Featherweight titles.
Loss 37–2 Cuba Joel Casamayor TKO 6 (12), 3:00 2003-10-04 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For the vacant IBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 37–1 United States Damian Fuller KO 3 (10), 1:48 2003-06-20 United States Home Depot Training Center, Dominguez Hills, California
Win 36–1 United States Felix St Kitts TKO 3 (10), 1:36 2003-04-24 United States Grand Casino Gulfport, Gulfport, Mississippi
Win 35–1 United States Roque Cassiani RTD 1 (10), 3:00 2003-02-22 United States The Pyramid, 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 TKO 10 (12), 2:19 2001-01-20 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada For the WBC Super Featherweight title.
Win 33–0 United States Angel Manfredy TKO 3 (12), 2:38 2000-09-02 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas Retained IBF and IBA Super Featherweight titles.
Win 32–0 Uganda Justin Juuko KO 10 (12), 2:35 2000-06-17 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained IBA Super Featherweight title.
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 and IBA Super Featherweight titles.
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 United States Roberto García KO 10 (12), 2:35 1999-10-23 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Super Featherweight title.
Win 28–0 United States Angel Aldama RTD 4 (12), 3:00 1999-06-12 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California Won vacant IBA Lightweight title.
Win 27–0 Argentina Claudio Victor Martinet TKO 5 (10), 2:06 1999-04-02 United States 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 Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 24–0 United States Benito Rodriguez KO 6 1998-09-12 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California
Win 23–0 Mexico Rafael Morfin KO 2 1998-08-15 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 22–0 United States Benito Rodriguez TD 7 (8) 1998-07-05 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California
Win 21–0 Ghana Eduardo Contreras KO 2 (10), 1:12 1998-05-30 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 20–0 Cuba Juan Carlos Salazar KO 1 1998-04-18 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 19–0 Mexico Angel Aldama UD 10 1997-12-04 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California
Win 18–0 United States Juan Angel Macias KO 6 (12), 2:35 1997-10-18 United States Buffalo Bill's, Primm, Nevada Retained IBA Lightweight title.
Win 17–0 Philippines Isagani Pumar KO 4 (10), 2:28 1997-08-22 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California
Win 16–0 United States Manny Castillo TKO 11 (12) 0:48 1997-07-11 United States Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California Won vacant IBA Lightweight title.
Win 15–0 Mexico Javier Pichardo KO 2 (12), 2:47 1997-05-09 United States Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 14–0 United States Steve Quinonez TKO 4 (12), 2:21 1997-04-04 United States Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant IBA Super Featherweight title.
Win 13–0 Mexico Idelfonso Bernal TKO 2 (6), 0:34 1997-03-14 United States Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 12–0 United States Salvador Montes KO 1 (6) 1997-01-13 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California
Win 11–0 Mexico Julian Vasquez KO 1 1996-12-16 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win 10–0 Mexico Mario Gonzalez KO 1 1996-12-13 Mexico Tecate, Baja California
Win 9–0 Mexico Juan Santos TKO 1 1996-11-29 Mexico Tijuana, Baja California
Win 8–0 United States Sergio Macias TKO 4 (4), 1:46 1996-10-11 United States Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–0 United States Murphy Hughes KO 1 (4), 2:52 1996-09-13 United States Knapp Center, Des Moines, Iowa
Win 6–0 United States Cesar Morales TKO 2 (4) 1996-08-17 United States Sports Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 5–0 Mexico Lorenzo Raul Chaires KO 1 (4) 1996-06-27 United States Phoenix, Arizona
Win 4–0 United States Ciro Canales UD (4) 1996-06-07 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–0 Mexico Victor Manuel Mendoza TKO 3 (4), 2:59 1996-05-30 United States Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 2–0 Mexico Enrique Beltran UD 4 1996-03-28 United States Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 1–0 United States Everett Barry TKO 3 (4), 1:12 1996-03-19 United States Club Rio, Tempe, Arizona

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.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. Archived from the original on May 12, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  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

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Mar 2007

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roberto Garcia
IBF Super Featherweight Champion
October 23, 1999 – September 2, 2000
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Steve Forbes
Vacant
Title last held by
Acelino Freitas
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
March 6, 2004
Vacant
Title next held by
Mike Anchondo
Preceded by
Acelino Freitas
WBO Lightweight Champion
August 7, 2004 – 2006
Stripped
Vacant
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
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