Sunday, October 08, 2006
Joel Casamayor closed the book on the three-fight series with Diego Corrales with a hard-fought split decision victory. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LAS VEGAS - The World Boxing Council Lightweight title was only Joel Casamayor’s to win on Saturday night; and win it he did. Casamayor became a world champion for the third time by defeating Diego Corrales in a close and hard-fought split decision scored 116-111, 115-112 and 113-114. In the co-feature, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan retained his title with an explosive sixth-round technical decision over Glenn Donaire.
The conclusion of the Corrales-Casamayor trilogy lived up to its billing as a dramatic and exciting match. The fight was thought to be in jeopardy when Corrales failed to make the official weight of 135-pounds on Friday. As a result, he lost the WBC belt he took to Las Vegas before the bout even began.
Casamayor agreed to take the fight anyway, knowing the title was his to win. Had Corrales won the bout, the belt would have been vacant and Casamayor would have received an immediate chance to fight interim champ David Diaz for the title.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Besides Barrett-Valuev and Corrales-Casamayor? You betcha…
Tomasz Adamek and Paul Briggs for the WBC Light-Heavyweight title is one of them. Vic Darchinyan will defend his IBF Flyweight belt as well against Glenn Donaire.
Lost in this week’s build up to the rubbermatch between lightweight champ Diego Corrales and Joel Casamayor and the hype surrounding giant heavyweight title-holder Nikolai Valuev’s U.S. debut vs. Monte Barrett is an excellent light heavyweight matchup that will serve as the co-feature to Valuev-Barrett: Tomasz Adamek-Paul Briggs II.
You know you’re a hardcore fan if the fight you’re looking forward to the most Saturday night is the rematch between Poland’s WBC light heavyweight titlist Adamek and Australia’s Briggs, which will be televised on HBO right before Valuev-Barrett.
You know you’re an absolute boxing nutcase if you’ve actually seen the first Adamek-Briggs fight, which took place last May and was one of the better 12-round bouts of 2005.
IBF flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan may look crude, unskilled and small to the average eye, but to opponents he’s a monster.
Darchinyan, a 5-foot tall dynamo, faces flyweight challenger Glenn Donaire (16-2-1, 9 KOs) and promises to take on his brother Nonito Donaire too, but that will have to wait until the Aussie strongman defends his world title at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Saturday. The fight will be televised live on Showtime.
“I know Glenn is sparring with his brother (Nonito). I am coming after him too,” says Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) menacingly like a Halloween hobgoblin.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Two boxers with a genuine disdain for each other will duke it out with bad intentions for a third time when Diego “Chico” Corrales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING lightweight titles against former world champion and longtime adversary, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, on Saturday, Oct. 7, during a Free Preview Weekend on Showtime.
In the co-featured bout of a world championship doubleheader that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., rising superstar Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns and his undefeated record against world-ranked Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (16-2-1, nine KOs).
Thursday, September 07, 2006
NEW YORK – Two boxers with a genuine disdain for each other will duke it out with bad intentions for a third time when Diego “Chico” Corrales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING lightweight titles against former world champion and longtime adversary, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, on Saturday, Oct. 7, during a Free Preview Weekend on Showtime.
In the co-feature bout of a world championship doubleheader that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), rising superstar Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns and his undefeated record against world-ranked Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (16-2-1, nine KOs).
Saturday’s Showtime Boxing Championship telecast is the second night of fight cards airing on the network during the Free Preview Weekend that runs Friday, Oct. 6 through Monday, Oct. 9. On Oct. 6, “ShoBox: The New Generation” will air two semi-final bouts as the super middleweight tournament continues live at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime (delayed on the west coast).
During the Free Preview Weekend, entitled “Destination: Showtime,” the network will be available to viewers in more than 35 million homes across the country. In addition to boxing, viewers will have the opportunity to view some of the hottest original series on premium television: Damon Wayans’ “The Underground,” (Oct. 7 at 11 p.m.), “Dexter” (Oct. 8 at 10 p.m.), and “Weeds” (Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.); and movies including the television premier of “Chappelle’s Block Party” (Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.). Showtime ON DEMAND will be offered free, where available, during the preview weekend providing viewer controlled access to these programs and many more.
The rubber match of a hotly contested series between Corrales and Casamayor will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and take place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Corrales (40-3, 33 KOs), of Las Vegas, by way of Sacramento, is 7-1 in world title fights. Casamayor (33-3-1, 21 KOs), of Miramar, Fla., via Guantanamo, Cuba, is 5-3 (2-0 in interim bouts).
“This fight was one I knew we could make,” Shaw said. “Their first two fights were very exciting events, so I new that a rubber match would be equally great. Plus, these guys do not like each other, so it makes for even more intrigue.”
The Corrales-Casamayor debate, which stands at one victory apiece, dates back several years. In their initial clash Oct. 4, 2003, on Showtime, Casamayor won a high-velocity showdown for the vacant International Boxing Association (IBA) 130-pound title with a disputed sixth-round TKO.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
It only took Vic Darchinyan a few more hours to find an opponent…
Darchinyan will defend his IBF and IBO Flyweight titles against Glenn Donaire on October 7th. The fight will be the co-featured bout along with Diego Corrales and Joel Casamayor on Showtime.