José Luis Castillo

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José Luis Castillo
Nickname(s) El Temible ("The Fearsome")
Rated at Lightweight
Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 7 12 in (171 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Mexican
Born (1973-12-14) December 14, 1973 (age 42)
Empalme, Sonora, Mexico
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 80
Wins 66
Wins by KO 57
Losses 13
Draws 1

José Luis Castillo (born December 14, 1973) is a Mexican professional boxer. Generally considered one of the best lightweights of his era, he is a former Ring magazine and two-time WBC lightweight world champion. Castillo is best known for his first bout with Diego Corrales, for which he received Fight of the Year awards by both The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America, as well as his first fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., which ended with controversial scorecards.

Professional career[edit]


Castillo vs. Johnston I & II[edit]

In 2000, having two straight wins over Jorge Paez and Steve Quinonez, Castillo challenged WBC lightweight titleholder and Ring No. 1 ranked Lightweight Stevie Johnston. Heavily favored as underdog, Castillo was slated to lose. Instead, Castillo scored the Ring Magazine Upset of the Year, defeating Johnston by a majority decision, in what was a very close fight. Three months later, they fought to a draw, memorable because miscalculation adding the scores led to an original announcement of Johnston regaining his title, which Castillo learned about when Johnston showed up in his dressing room to return the strap.[1]

After fighting Johnston, Castillo defended his title against Ring Top 10 Lightweight, César Bazán. Castillo defeated Bazan by 6th round TKO, dropping Bazan in the 5th and 6th rounds.

Castillo vs. Mayweather I[edit]

In his first bout with undefeated American junior lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., Castillo started slow but gradually lured the flashy boxer into a toe to toe battle. Castillo had great success in the middle rounds, when he cut off the ring and used his strength to try wear down Mayweather. As the fight progressed, Castillo's power and pressure seemed to turn the fight in his favor, having tremendous success with body punching while Mayweather became more stationary, allowing the stronger Castillo to do significant work. Castillo closed the fight strong, outlanding May weather 35-20 in the 11th round and totally dominated the 12th. Punch stats showed Castillo with lopsided totals in every category; punches landed, thrown & power punches landed & thrown and overall connect percentages. Despite the clear advantages numerically, judges Jerry Roth and John Keane scored it 115-111, and judge Anek Hongtongkam scored it 116-111, all for Mayweather, a decision that was loudly booed by the crowd. The HBO announce team loudly voiced its disapproval of the verdict, with unofficial scorer Harold Lederman having Castillo winning 115-111. To this day, critics of Mayweather point to this fight as the fight he unofficially lost, with most observers seeing it as a clean win for Castillo with scores ranging from 115-111 to 117-109. The fight was controversial enough to the Mayweather team that a rematch was signed.

Castillo vs. Mayweather II[edit]

After Mayweather's successful shoulder surgery, Castillo re-matched with Mayweather. Mayweather used his quick footwork, combinations and his jab specialty to coast to another unanimous decision victory, this time with all analysts in agreement, including Harold Lederman. The smaller Mayweather was again outweighed by Castillo on the night of the fight, as Castillo weighed 147 and Mayweather weighed 138.[2]

Castillo vs. Lazcano[edit]

On June 5, 2004, Castillo regained the Lightweight title and won the vacant Ring Lightweight title by defeating Ring No. 1 ranked Lightweight, Juan Lazcano. Castillo won the fight by unanimous decision, by the scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113.

Castillo vs. Casamayor[edit]

In Castillo's first title defense, he fought former Super Featherweight and future Lightweight champion, Joel Casamayor. In what was a very close fight, Castillo was awarded the close and controversial split decision. The scores were 116-112 and 117-111 for Castillo, and 115-113 for Casamayor. Castillo's next fight was a title defense against Ring Top 10 Lightweight, Julio Diaz, which Castillo won by TKO in the 10th round.

Castillo vs. Corrales I[edit]

On May 7, 2005, Castillo fought WBO Lightweight champion and Ring No. 1 ranked Lightweight, Diego Corrales. Corrales defeated José Luis Castillo for the WBC lightweight title via TKO in the tenth round. The fight is almost universally regarded as the best fight of 2005.[3][4][5] 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."[6] Corrales then trapped Castillo against the ropes and landed numerous punches, causing the referee, Tony Weeks, to stop the fight.

Castillo vs. Corrales 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.

Light welterweight[edit]

On January 20, 2007, Castillo won a narrow split decision over Herman Ngoudjo. On June 23, he fought Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas. Castillo was KO'd 2 minutes and 16 seconds into the fourth round by a crunching left hook to the ribs, one of the few times a top ranked boxer of Castillo's caliber has been KO'ed by a bodyshot and reminiscent of the bout between Roy Jones Jr. and Virgil Hill. Prior to the knockout Castillo had been deducted a point for low blows to his opponent.

Castillo was scheduled to fight Timothy Bradley in 2008 for the right to be number 1 contender to the WBC Super lightweight title, but during the weigh-in on March 8, 2008, Castillo weighed 147½ pounds (7 pounds over the super-lightweight limit). Bradley instead faced and defeated Junior Witter for the title.


On the Pacquiao vs Clottey undercard on March 14, 2010, Alfonso Gomez and Castillo clashed for Gomez' WBC Continental Americas welterweight title. Ringside reporters have said that the fight was to see if Castillo had it anymore, and for this type of fight such a minor title is nearly an insult. Castillo lost in round 5 by TKO (not answering to the bell). After the bout Castillo announced his retirement, stating, "I just found out tonight I don't have it anymore, I want to apologize to the public and I am definitely announcing my retirement."[7]

After announcing his retirement in March 2010, Castillo returned to action in a fight against Roberto Valenzuela on June 18, 2010 and won the bout by unanimous decision. The match was held at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico[8]

Professional boxing record[edit]

66 Wins (55 knockouts), 13 Losses, 1 Draw[9]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 66–13–1 Russia Ruslan Provodnikov TKO 5 (12), 0:50 2014-11-28 Russia Luzhniki, Moscow, Russia
Win 66–12–1 Mexico José Luis Payan TKO ? (10) 2014-05-30 Mexico Gimnasio Carlos Hernández Carrera, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
Win 65–12–1 Mexico Felix Bojorquez TKO ? (10) 2014-03-21 Mexico Gimnasio del Estado, Hermosillo, Sonora, México
Loss 64–12–1 United States Antwone Smith UD 10 (10) 2013-02-01 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 64–11–1 Mexico Iván Popoca TKO 8 (10) 2012-07-13 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 63–11–1 Mexico Sammy Ventura TKO 2 (10) 2011-11-26 Mexico Campo Futbol Colosio, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Loss 62–11–1 Mexico Jorge Paez Jr UD 12 (12) 2011-03-25 Mexico Parque Vicente Guerrero, Mexicali, Baja California
Win 62–10–1 Mexico Daniel Eduardo Yocupicio TKO ? (10) 2010-08-07 Mexico Estadio Hector Espino, Hermosillo, Sonora
Win 61–10–1 Mexico Roberto Valenzuela UD 10 2010-06-18 Mexico Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Loss 60–10–1 Mexico Alfonso Gomez RTD 6 (12) 2010-03-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas For WBC Continental Americas welterweight title.
Win 60–9–1 Mexico Carlos Urias TKO 2 (8) 2009-09-12 Mexico El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit
Win 59–9–1 Mexico Christian Solano TKO 3 (10) 2009-08-22 Mexico Auditorio Unidad Deportiva, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Win 58–9–1 Mexico Roberto Valenzuela KO 6 (10) 2009-07-25 MexicoPalenque del Recinto Ferial, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit
Win 57–9–1 United States James Wayka TKO 2 (10) 2009-01-17 MexicoPalenque del FEX, Mexicali, Baja California
Loss 56–9–1 Argentina Sebastian Andres Lujan UD 10 2008-07-30 United States Sycuan Resort & Casino, El Cajon, California
Win 56–8–1 Mexico Adan Casillas TKO 6 (10) 2007-10-27 Mexico Palenque del FEX, Mexicali, Baja California
Loss 55–8–1 United Kingdom Ricky Hatton KO 4 (12) 2007-06-23 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For The Ring light welterweight title.
Win 55–7–1 Canada Herman Ngoudjo SD 12 2007-01-20 United States Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Won NABF light welterweight title
Win 54–7–1 United States Rolando Reyes UD 12 2006-02-04 United States Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 53–7–1 United States Diego Corrales KO 4 (12) 2005-10-08 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 52–7–1 United States Diego Corrales TKO 10 (12) 2005-05-07 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC & The Ring lightweight titles.
For WBO lightweight title.
Win 52–6–1 Mexico Julio Diaz TKO 10 (12) 2005-03-05 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC & The Ring lightweight titles.
Win 51–6–1 Cuba Joel Casamayor SD 12 2004-12-04 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC & The Ring lightweight titles.
Win 50–6–1 Mexico Juan Lazcano UD 12 2004-06-05 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Won vacant WBC & The Ring lightweight titles.
Win 49–6–1 United States Derrick Parks TKO ? (10) 2004-02-13 United States Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, USA
Win 48–6–1 Mexico Saul Duran TKO ? (10) 2003-10-10 United States Jacob Brown Auditorium, Brownsville, Texas, USA
Win 47–6–1 Mexico Gustavo Corral KO 5 (10) 2003-06-14 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California
Loss 46–6–1 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr UD 12 2002-12-07 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBC & The Ring lightweight titles.
Win 46–5–1 United States Verdell Smith KO 3 (10) 2002-08-03 Mexico Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora
Loss 45–5–1 United States Floyd Mayweather Jr UD 12 2002-04-20 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBC lightweight title.
For vacant The Ring lightweight title.
Win 45–4–1 Mexico Juan Angel Macias TKO 8 (10) 2002-01-25 United States AVI Resort & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 44–4–1 United States Fred Ladd TKO 4 (10) 2001-08-24 Mexico Mexicali, Baja California
Win 43–4–1 South Korea Sung-Ho Yuh KO 1 (12) 2001-06-16 MexicoCentro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora Retained WBC lightweight title.
Win 42–4–1 Mexico Cesar Bazan TKO 6 (12) 2001-01-20 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBC lightweight title.
Draw 41–4–1 United States Stevie Johnston PTS 12 2000-09-15 United StatesPepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Retained WBC lightweight title.
Win 41–4 United States Stevie Johnston MD 12 2000-06-17 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBC lightweight title.
Win 40–4 Mexico Steve Quinonez UD 10 2000-04-08 United States Blancas Bazaar, Imperial Beach, California
Win 39–4 Mexico Jorge Páez KO 5 (12) 1999-10-16 Mexico Plaza Calafia, Mexicali, Baja California
Win 38–4 Mexico Sandro Marcos KO 8 (12) 1999-08-14 MexicoGuaymas, Sonora, Mexico Won Mexican super featherweight title.
Win 37–4 Dominican Republic Cristino Mota KO 4 (?) 1999-07-10 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 36–4 Mexico Pablo Valenzuela KO 4 (?) 1999-06-04 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 35–4 Mexico Julian Romero UD 6 1999-04-01 United StatesDon Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas
Win 34–4 Mexico Eduardo Montes KO 3 (?) 1999-02-19 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Loss 33–4 United States Julio Alvarez TKO 10 (12) 1998-10-03 Mexico Mexico City, Distrito Federal Lost Mexican super featherweight title.
Win 33–3 Mexico Julio Sanchez Leon TKO 8 (12) 1998-04-17 MexicoMexicali, Baja California Retained Mexican super featherweight title.
Win 32–3 Mexico Hector Javier Marquez TKO 10(12) 1997-09-12 Mexico Guaymas, Sonora Retained Mexican super featherweight title.
Win 31–3 Mexico Rafael Olvera KO 7 (12) 1997-07-04 MexicoGimnasio Municipal "Jose Neri Santos", Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Won Mexican super featherweight title.
Win 30–3 Dominican Republic Javier Renteria KO 1 (?) 1997-03-08 MexicoStadio El Ferrocarel, Mexicali, Baja California
Win 29–3 Mexico Jesus Castaneda KO 2 (?) 1997-01-01 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 28–3 Mexico Jaime Fernandez KO 1 (?) 1996-12-13 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 27–3 Mexico Roberto Valenzuela KO 6 (6) 1996-10-12 United StatesHonda Center, Anaheim, California
Win 26–3 Mexico Jose Luis Montes KO 7 (?) 1996-09-20 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 25–3 Mexico Jesus Arce KO 1 (12) 1996-08-15 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Loss 24–3 Mexico Javier Jauregui TKO 10 (12) 1996-05-09 MexicoGuadalajara, Jalisco
Win 24–2 Mexico Carlos Madrid KO 2 (?) 1996-03-15 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 23–2 Mexico Cornelio Lopez KO 4 (?) 1995-12-08 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 22–2 Mexico Alfredo Curiel KO 4 (?) 1995-09-29 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 21–2 Mexico Ramon Soto KO 3 (?) 1995-04-07 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Loss 20–2 Mexico Javier Jauregui TKO 10 (12) 1996-05-09 MexicoGuadalajara, Jalisco
Win 20–1 Mexico Alfredo Curiel TKO 6 (?) 1994-08-26 MexicoEmpalme, Sonora
Win 19–1 Mexico Francisco Valdez KO 1 (?) 1994-03-18 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Loss 18–1 Mexico Cesar Soto TKO 2 (12) 1993-07-09 Mexico Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
Win 18–0 Dominican Republic Lucilo Nolasco KO 2 (?) 1993-04-30 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 17–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Salazar KO 1 (?) 1993-03-05 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 16–0 Mexico Ascencion Lugo KO 2 (?) 1992-12-11 MexicoHermosillo, Sonora
Win 15–0 Mexico Francisco Valdez TD 6 (?) 1992-10-02 MexicoTijuana, Baja California
Win 14–0 Mexico Jorge Castro KO 2 (?) 1992-09-04 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 13–0 United States Rigoberto Felix KO 3 (?) 1992-08-07 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 12–0 Mexico Ramon Acuna KO 2 (?) 1992-06-20 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 11–0 Mexico Ramon Arreola KO 3 (?) 1992-05-29 MexicoTijuana, Baja California
Win 10–0 Mexico Cesar Huizar KO 1 (?) 1992-03-30 MexicoTijuana, Baja California
Win 9–0 United States Ramiro Dunton KO 5 (?) 1991-11-22 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 8–0 Mexico Jose Manjarrez KO 7 (?) 1991-09-06 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 7–0 Mexico Miguel Angel Ramirez KO 4 (?) 1991-08-19 MexicoTijuana, Baja California
Win 6–0 Mexico Victor Mendoza KO 4 (?) 1991-04-08 MexicoTijuana, Baja California
Win 5–0 Mexico Raul Contreras KO 3 (?) 1991-03-21 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 4–0 Mexico Jesus Escobar KO 1 (?) 1990-12-21 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 3–0 Mexico Jose Alvarez KO 2 (?) 1990-10-01 MexicoTijuana, Baja California
Win 2–0 United States Manolo Ramirez KO 2 (?) 1990-06-23 MexicoMexicali, Baja California
Win 1–0 Mexico Ricardo Contreras KO 2(4) 1990-05-04 MexicoMexicali, Baja California Castillo's professional debut at 16 years old.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christ, Scott. "Another return for Jose Luis Castillo." July 28, 2008. Badlefthook. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  2. ^ "Mayweather outpoints Castillo to keep title belt". CNN. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ Eisele, Andrew. "Ring Magazine Fight of the Year." Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  4. ^ Gregg, John. HIS main goal was to beat castillo."2005 Boxing Year in Review." 3 January 2006. The Boxing Times.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  5. ^ "Corrales vs. Castillo I- Fight of the Year 2005." 5 January 2006.'.' Retrieved 23 July 2006.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "José Luis Castillo retires: "I don't have it anymore"". 2010-03-14. 
  8. ^ Nathanielsz, Ronnie (August 6, 2010). "Jose Luis Castillo Continues The Comeback Trail". Retrieved August 6, 2010. 
  9. ^ Professional Boxing Record - Boxrec

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Preceded by
Stevie Johnston
WBC Lightweight Champion
June 17, 2000 – April 20, 2002
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by
Vacated by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBC Lightweight champion
The Ring Lightweight Champion

June 5, 2004 – May 7, 2005
Succeeded by
Diego Corrales