Boxing

  • Diego Corrales' epic win nine years ago won't soon be forgotten

    Kevin Iole at Boxing2 mths ago

    LAS VEGAS -- It was a cool, spring night on May 7, 2007. Two days earlier, Floyd Mayweather had defeated Oscar De La Hoya in a match that would become the best-selling pay-per-view bout of all-time.

    The telephone rang in the early evening and a familiar, but halting, voice on the other end asked a strange question.

    "Have you heard anything about Diego?" the man, who asked his name not be revealed, said.

    I was perplexed. I knew he was referring to Diego Corrales, the former world champion who had been extraordinarily popular in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas. Many in the Las Vegas boxing community treated Corrales as a part of their family.

    His friend was obviously worried about bad news.

    Two years to the day earlier, on May 7, 2005, Corrales had defeated Jose Luis Castillo in arguably the greatest boxing match ever held. It was an epic slugfest, back and forth, with neither man willing to back down. Castillo decked Corrales twice in the 10th and seemed on the verge of victory when Corrales rallied.

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