Diego "Chico" Corrales Jr. (August 25, 1977 – May 7, 2007) was an American professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2007. He was a multiple-time world champion in two weight divisions, having held the IBF super featherweight title from 1999 to 2000; the WBO super featherweight title in 2004; the WBO lightweight title from 2004 to 2006; and the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal lightweight titles from 2005 to 2006.
Corrales in 2004
|Height||5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (179 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Born||August 25, 1977|
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
|Died||May 7, 2007 (aged 29)|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Wins by KO||33|
Corrales was born in Columbia, South Carolina to a Colombian father, Diego Corrales Sr. and a Mexican mother. 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.
Corrales compiled an amateur boxing record of 105-12. In 1994, he took second place at the United States Amateur Championships, losing to Frankie Carmona on points in the featherweight final. He reached the first round of the featherweight bracket at the 1995 Pan American Games, losing to Arnaldo Mesa. At the 1995 World Championships, he lost out on a medal after losing to Marco Rudolph in the lightweight bracket.
Corrales vs. MayweatherEdit
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.
Corrales vs. Casamayor I & IIEdit
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.
Corrales vs. FreitasEdit
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 IEdit
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. 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. 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." Corrales then trapped Castillo against the ropes and landed numerous punches, causing the referee, Tony Weeks, to stop the fight.
Corrales vs. Castillo IIEdit
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 IIIEdit
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. Corrales was dropped in rounds 9 and 10 and lost by the scores of 97-90, 98-89 and 100-87.
Corrales served 14 months in the Deuel Vocational Institution, a correctional facility in San Joaquin County, California, after being convicted of domestic battery on his then pregnant partner.
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.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|45 fights||40 wins||5 losses|
|45||Loss||40–5||Joshua Clottey||UD||10||Apr 7, 2007||Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.|
|44||Loss||40–4||Joel Casamayor||SD||12||Oct 7, 2006||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles|
|43||Loss||40–3||Jose Luis Castillo||KO||4 (12), 0:47||Oct 8, 2005||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|42||Win||40–2||José Luis Castillo||TKO||10 (12), 2:06||May 7, 2005||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBO lightweight title;|
Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal lightweight titles
|41||Win||39–2||Acelino Freitas||TKO||10 (12), 1:24||Aug 7, 2004||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Won WBO lightweight title|
|40||Win||38–2||Joel Casamayor||SD||12||Mar 6, 2004||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Won IBA and vacant WBO super featherweight titles|
|39||Loss||37–2||Joel Casamayor||TKO||6 (12), 3:00||Oct 4, 2003||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For vacant IBA super featherweight title|
|38||Win||37–1||Damian Fuller||KO||3 (10), 1:48||Jun 20, 2003||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.|
|37||Win||36–1||Felix St Kitts||TKO||3 (10), 1:36||Apr 24, 2003||Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S.|
|36||Win||35–1||Roque Cassiani||RTD||1 (10), 3:00||Feb 22, 2003||The Pyramid, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.|
|35||Win||34–1||Michael Davis||TKO||5 (8)||Jan 25, 2003||Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|34||Loss||33–1||Floyd Mayweather Jr.||TKO||10 (12), 2:19||Jan 20, 2001||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||For WBC and lineal super featherweight titles|
|33||Win||33–0||Angel Manfredy||TKO||3 (12), 2:38||Sep 2, 2000||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, U.S.||Retained IBF and IBA super featherweight titles|
|32||Win||32–0||Justin Juuko||KO||10 (12), 2:35||Jun 17, 2000||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Won vacant IBA super featherweight title|
|31||Win||31–0||Derrick Gainer||TKO||3 (12), 1:50||Mar 18, 2000||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF super featherweight title;|
Won vacant IBA super featherweight title
|30||Win||30–0||John Brown||UD||12||Dec 4, 1999||Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, U.S.||Retained IBF super featherweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Robert Garcia||TKO||7 (12), 0:48||Oct 23, 1999||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won IBF super featherweight title|
|28||Win||28–0||Angel Aldama||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||Jun 12, 1999||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.||Won vacant IBA Intercontinental lightweight title|
|27||Win||27–0||Claudio Victor Martinet||TKO||5 (10), 2:06||Apr 2, 1999||Convention Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.|
|26||Win||26–0||Gairy St. Clair||UD||12||Dec 18, 1998||Yosemite Hall, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|25||Win||25–0||Hector Arroyo||TKO||5 (10), 1:01||Nov 20, 1998||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|24||Win||24–0||Benito Rodriguez||KO||6||Sep 12, 1998||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Rafael Morfin||TKO||2||Aug 15, 1998||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||Benito Rodriguez||TD||7 (8), 2:49||Jul 5, 1998||Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.||Unanimous TD after Rodriguez could not continue from an accidental low blow|
|21||Win||21–0||Eduardo Contreras||KO||2 (10), 1:12||May 30, 1998||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Juan Carlos Salazar||KO||1||Apr 18, 1998||Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Angel Aldama||UD||10||Dec 4, 1997||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Juan Angel Macias||KO||6 (12), 2:35||Oct 18, 1997||Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBA Intercontinental lightweight title|
|17||Win||17–0||Isagani Pumar||KO||4 (10), 2:28||Aug 22, 1997||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Manny Castillo||TKO||11 (12) 0:48||Jul 11, 1997||Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, California, U.S.||Won vacant IBA Intercontinental lightweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Javier Pichardo||KO||2 (12), 2:47||May 9, 1997||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBA Intercontinental super featherweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Steve Quinonez||TKO||4 (12), 2:21||Apr 4, 1997||The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant IBA Intercontinental super featherweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Idelfonso Bernal||TKO||2 (6), 0:34||Mar 14, 1997||Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Salvador Montes||KO||1 (6)||Jan 13, 1997||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Julian Vasquez||KO||1||Dec 16, 1996||Tijuana, Mexico|
|10||Win||10–0||Mario Gonzalez||KO||1||Dec 13, 1996||Tecate, Mexico|
|9||Win||9–0||Juan Santos||TKO||1||Nov 29, 1996||Tijuana, Mexico|
|8||Win||8–0||Sergio Macias||TKO||4 (4), 1:46||Oct 11, 1996||Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Murphy Hughes||KO||1 (4), 2:52||Sep 13, 1996||Knapp Center, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Cesar Morales||TKO||2 (4)||Aug 17, 1996||Sports Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Lorenzo Raul Chaires||KO||1 (4)||Jun 27, 1996||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Ciro Canales||UD||4||Jun 7, 1996||Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Victor Manuel Mendoza||TKO||3 (4), 2:59||May 30, 1996||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Enrique Beltran||UD||4||Mar 28, 1996||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Everett Barry||TKO||3 (4), 1:12||Mar 19, 1996||Club Rio, Tempe, Arizona, U.S.||Professional debut|
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|Regional boxing titles|
|New title|| IBA Intercontinental
super featherweight champion
April 4, 1997 – July 11, 1997
Won lightweight title
Title next held byPatrick Hyland
| IBA Intercontinental
July 11, 1997 – July 1998
Title next held byGabriel Ruelas
Title last held byGabriel Ruelas
| IBA Intercontinental
June 12, 1999 – March 2000
|Minor world boxing titles|
Title last held byJosé Luis Castillo
| IBA super featherweight champion
March 18, 2000 – June 2000
Title next held byCarlos Navarro
Title last held byCarlos Navarro
| IBA super featherweight champion
June 17, 2000 – October 2000
Title next held byJoel Casamayor
| IBA super featherweight champion
March 6, 2004 – August 2004
Title next held byÉrik Morales
|Major world boxing titles|
| IBF super featherweight champion
October 23, 1999 – October 4, 2000
Title next held bySteve Forbes
Title last held byAcelino Freitas
| WBO super featherweight champion
March 6, 2004 – August 7, 2004
Title next held byMike Anchondo
| WBO lightweight champion
August 7, 2004 – April 2006
Title next held byAcelino Freitas
José Luis Castillo
| WBC lightweight champion
May 7, 2005 – October 6, 2006
| The Ring lightweight champion|
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
| Lineal lightweight champion|
May 7, 2005 – October 8, 2006
Marco Antonio Barrera vs.
Érik Morales III
| The Ring Fight of the Year
vs. José Luis Castillo
Somsak Sithchatchawal vs.
| Latest born world champion to die
May 7, 2007 – April 19, 2010