Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Undefeated cruiserweight Juan Carlos Robles (9-0, 4 KOs) of Waynesboro, Va., suffered his second injury of the year yesterday, fracturing his left foot and forcing him to withdraw as the headliner on the October 6, 2007 Diego Corrales Benefit hosted by Jimmy Lange.
The rising prospect, who was scheduled to fight William “The Storm” Bailey (7-12-2, 4 KOs) at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, hurt his foot in a freak accident while stepping down wrong on a curb. Robles was sidelined this past spring by a motorcycle accident where he suffered multiple injuries including a broken forearm and a damaged knee. He had recovered from those injuries, although he lost his right pinky finger when he amputated the damaged digit by himself when it was not healing quick enough to his liking.
Matchmaker Joe Hensley has promised to find another great match-up for the evening’s Main Event and hopes to make an announcement in the immediate future.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Las Vegas Police released a statement yesterday stating that Diego Corrales had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he crashed his motorcycle and died.
“It’s quite possible that had he not been impaired, he could have prevented his accident,” Las Vegas police Sgt. Tracy McDonald said after toxicology tests showed Corrales’ blood-alcohol content was 0.25 percent. The legal limit for drivers in Nevada is 0.08 percent.
“Bottom line, no one else did anything wrong,” McDonald said of an investigation that found speed was a factor and no drugs were in Corrales’ system when he died May 7 at age 29. “He basically killed himself.”
The Las Vegas Department of Motor Vehicles also said that Corrales had a history of driving drunk and was riding the motorcycle without a valid license.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
BoxingTalk.com is reporting that Diego Corrales has been killed in an apparent motorcycle accident earlier this evening in Las Vegas.
Earlier tonight former two division world champion Diego Corrales, 29, got into a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas, Nevada and was pronounced dead at the scene. Moments ago Corrales’ manager James Prince confirmed to the grim news to Boxingtalk. Corrales will always be remembered as a warrior in the ring and our deepest condolences go out to his entire family.
We will have much, much more on this as we receive more information…
Update 12:55 AM: Various message forums already have threads discussing Corrales’ death. His Wiki has also been updated.
Update 2:35 AM: It’s no longer just a report, Corrales’ passing is official.
The Las Vegas Police Department stated that the accident took place at the intersection of Fort Apache and Russell Roads in southwest Las Vegas.
All of us at KO Corner send our condolences to the friends and family of Diego Corrales.
A small collection of links as mainstream media is just getting wind of the story:
AP via USA Today: Diego Corrales dies in motorcycle accident in Las Vegas
ESPN: Former two-division champion Corrales killed in Vegas
Yahoo! Sports: Corrales dead in motorcycle accident
AOL Sports: Boxing Champ Diego Corrales Killed in Motorcycle Accident
Doghouse Boxing: Diego Corrales has Died
Boxing Scene: Diego Corrales Killed in Motorcycle Accident
Long Beach Press-Telegram: Corrales, 29, killed in accident
Update 1:00 PM: Some more details on the accident…
Early reports are stating that Corrales was traveling upwards of 100 MPH on his motorcycle when he crashed into the back of a car just behind Las Vegas intersection. Corrales was apparently thrown into the intersection by the force of the impact and hit the ground where he was then hit by another car. Corrales died on impact.
He was found with his helmet still on his head and was pronounced dead at the scene. There have been no indications of any involvment of alcohol at this stage in the investigation. At least one of the passengers in one of the vehicles that struck Corrales sustained minor injuries.
Some more links as well…
Boxing Scene: More Details on The Passing of Diego Corrales; Remembering Diego Corrales - Chico, You Were the Man
Eastside Boxing: The Courage and Fire of Diego Corrales; Diego Corrales - 1977-2007. God Bless “Chico”
BBC Sport: Hatton shocked by Corrales death
The Sports Network: Former boxing champ Corrales killed in accident
Chicago Tribune: Boxer Corrales dies in crash
UK Telegraph: Former champion Corrales killed in crash
UK Times Online: Corrales killed in motorcycle crash
IC Coventry: Heroic Corrales a legendary warrior
Seconds Out: Diego Corrales dead at 29
MaxBoxing: Peace at Last for ‘Chico’
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Lethal with both hands throughout, Joshua Clottey lands a solid right en route to winning an impressive 10-round decision over Diego Corrales. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI – It was too much, too soon for Diego “Chico” Corrales Saturday on Showtime.
Attempting to move up two weight classes against a dangerous, world-ranked, full-fledged welterweight, the three-time world champion was battered and beaten up by Joshua Clottey, who scored two knockdowns en route to registering a clear-cut, dominant 10-round unanimous decision.
Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions co-promoted the hard-fought match before a near-capacity crowd of 2,300 at The Shrine Mosque. The crowd-pleasing bout aired on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
It was an exciting, albeit one-sided slugfest from the outset. As expected, there was little dancing or posing and the boxers performed with as much determination and courageousness as any one could expect. Both stood their ground on the inside and connected with their best shots.
But the naturally bigger Clottey (31-2, 1 NC, 20 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Accra, Ghana, was always a tad faster, quicker—and especially—stronger than Corrales (40-5, 33 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Sacramento, Calif., who suffered his third consecutive defeat.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Three-time world champion Diego “Chico” Corrales and world-ranked welterweight contender Joshua Clottey each weighed in officially Friday at 149 pounds for their 10-round fight Saturday on Showtime (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from Springfield, Missouri. Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Friday, April 06, 2007
Diego “Chico” Corrales and Joshua Clottey. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
Three-time world champion Diego “Chico” Corrales (40-4, 33 KOs) will move up two weight classes when he returns to Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, April 7, 2007, to take on world-ranked challenger Joshua Clottey (30-2, 1 NC, 20 KOs).
Showtime will televise the 10-round welterweight bout at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions will promote an event sponsored by the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, from The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
NEW YORK - As three-time world champion Diego Corrales prepares for the fight of his life, how does he remain calm? How does one of the most recognizable figures in boxing today cope with the lofty expectations that come with being such a talented boxer?
Determined to go down as one of the best prizefighters in history, how does Corrales relieve the tension?
“I try to keep busy with a lot of activity, and just do things constantly,” he said. “I love outdoor stuff.’’
The aggressive, crowd-pleasing, offensive-minded Corrales has never been known to get on his bicycle (take a backward-step) in the ring. Ironically, one of Corrales’ most pleasurable pastimes is riding a bike.
“It is a great way for me to escape everything that is going on,” Corrales said. “One thing about being on my bike is that I am there by myself, where I don’t have anything to worry about. It is my solace. It is quiet. The only thing I hear, I hear in my helmet.
“I can sit back and think. No matter how long I ride, if I don’t want to answer my phone, or I don’t want to be connected to anything else, I don’t have to be.’’
Friday, February 09, 2007
Apparently there was a huge rumor floating around that Arturo Gatti would be taking on Diego Corrales in his July 14th farewell bout. I’ll tell you the truth, I didn’t even know this rumor existed until now…
Gatti’s publicist, Don Trembley, stated earlier today that even though their are multiple possible opponents being discussed, Corrales is not one of them:
“We have a meeting coming up with HBO to discuss the details of Gatti’s next fight. There are a few different names being discussed (for Gatti’s opponent), but I can tell you that Diego Corrales is not one of them,” Tremblay said.
Monday, January 15, 2007
It’s the million dollar question - Will Jose Luis Castillo make weight for his upcoming fight this weekend?
We all recall this past June when Castillo weighed in four pounds over the 135 lb weight limit for his title bout against Diego Corrales, the second time in as many attempts to face Corrales. (They did fight last October but the two sides agreed to fight despite the difference in weight - Corrales’ camp decided against it in June.)
Castillo was subsequently fined, suspended, and pretty much on the bad side of everyone who followed boxing around the world.
He is trying to shake that image when he takes on Herman Ngoudjo this Saturday in Las Vegas on the undercard of Ricky Hatton’s titel bout against Juan Urango. It will be Castillo’s first bout since moving up to junior welterweight, but even with moving up a weight class, Castillo still faces questions concerning whether or not he is going to make the weight…
“I feel less pressure to make the weight. There’s been a lot of pressure the last couple of fights to make 135, Castillo said. I think making 140 should be a lot easier and I feel very comfortable that I can make it.”
Castillo was subject to a mandatory weight-in last week because his fight against Ngoudjo is a title eliminator - Castillo weight in at 146 lbs which is within the required range. With only six and a half pounds to lose by Friday, is he going to be able to do it?
I guess we will find out shortly…
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Golden Boy Promotions is on quite a roll…
“I know that Diego always gives it his best in the ring, and our promise to him is that Golden Boy Promotions will give him our best outside the ring,” Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya said in announcing the signing.
Things haven’t been going so well for Corrales lately - He has lost his last two fights and was stripped of his Lightweight title when he failed to make weight for a recent bout against Joel Casamayor.
However just like many of Golden Boy’s recent signings, their is a dispute between Corrales and his former promoter Gary Shaw:
“I still have a contract with Diego,” Shaw said. “It isn’t over yet and I will be forced to sue.”
Is Golden Boy legally signing fighters or not? I guess we will find out in the coming months when the cases start to go to court…
When asked about joining Golden Boy, Corrales didn’t even mention what was going on with the Shaw ordeal:
“At this point in my career, it is important that I can go into a fight knowing that the business outside is taken care of,” Corrales, 29, said. “I wanted to be with a promoter who understands us fighters and who I can be with for the rest of my career. To be part of Golden Boy Promotions feels great. I feel happy, energized, and ready to take on all challenges and make another run at a world championship.”