Sources close to WBO lightweight king Diego "Chico" Corrales have informed Boxingtalk.com that America's self proclaimed #1 Boxing Network, Showtime, is still unwilling to act as such, by opening up its pocketbook for the best lightweight fight in the world, Corrales versus WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo. Apparently Showtime is still offering Corrales less money than he made against Acelino Freitas to fight Castillo in a unification bout and unless they ante up soon the fight might not get done...on Showtime.
A $1M payday for Corrales would probably nail the deal down, but Showtime is still only offering around $750,000. Perhaps HBO can find the remaining quarter million somewhere in its vault. If fighting Casamayor twice, and forcing previously undefeated two division champ Acelino Freitas into saying 'no mas' won't get you $1M from Showtime, one must wonder how much longer elite fighters such as Corrales will choose to remain on Showtime. REMEMBER WHERE YOU HEARD IT FIRST! (12:00 AM ET)
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