PRESS RELEASE: The new gold standard by which all fights will be judged was established last Saturday on SHOWTIME. Lightweight world champions Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo produced not only what many regard as the greatest, most exciting fight in history, but also one of the most dramatic sporting events ever. The excellent news for fans is SHOWTIME will replay the memorable slugfest twice in the next four days. The first replay will air Tuesday, May 10, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME TOO. The second rebroadcast is Friday on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Corrales (40-2, 33 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Sacramento, Calif., who entered the ring as the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 135-pound champion, came from the absolute brink of defeat to take Castillo’s World Boxing Council (WBC) crown in one of the most dramatic, stunning comebacks in boxing history. At 2:06 of round 10, the referee stopped a sensational, brutal battle in which boxing’s two most talented 135-pound fighters on the planet gave as much as they took. Corrales was leading on two of three scorecards entering the 10th (87-84 and 86-85), but he went down from another devastating left hook 25 seconds in the round. Less than one minute later, Corrales hit the deck again from a left hook.
Castillo (52-7, 46 KOs), of Sonora, Mexico, despite being ahead on only one of the scorecards (87-84) going into the 10th, seemed on his way to finishing off Corrales once and for all. With knockdowns and the penalty point, he had the round won, by at least a 10-6 score and had Corrales virtually out. But that is when Corrales rose off the canvas and somehow recovered to go on to devastate Castillo with a barrage of punches that left the champion out on his feet. Referee Tony Weeks jumped in to end the brutal fight, giving Corrales a storybook win.
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