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Corrales, in turnaround, doesn't make weight and fight in jeopardy

Corrales, in turnaround, doesn't make weight and fight in jeopardy

Robbed of a big payday when his last opponent couldn't make weight, Diego Corrales vowed never to disgrace boxing by not being at the proper weight himself.
So what happened on Friday? Corrales weighed in a whopping 5 pounds (2.25 kilograms) over the weight limit for his WBC 135-pound (60-kilogram) title defense against Joel Casamayor.
The fight was in doubt after Corrales came back a short time later and weighed 139 1/2 pounds (62.2 kilograms), then was given two hours to get down to 137 pounds (61.5 kilograms). If it is called off, it will be the second time in two fights that Corrales hadn't fought because of weight issues.
Corrales lost a $1.3 million (euro1 million) purse when he refused to fight Jose Luis Castillo in June when Castillo failed to make the lightweight limit for the second time in two fights against him.
At the time, Corrales said he wanted to punch Castillo for not making the weight. A few days ago he said he didn't regret not fighting because it would not be fair for a bigger fighter to fight a smaller one.
"I stood on level ground and explained to everybody if he didn't make weight there wouldn't be a fight," Corrales said. "I made the right decision."
Corrales was supposed to return to the ring on Saturday for the first time in nearly a year. It didn't figure that his opponent's weight would be a problem because Casamayor knows something about making weight from being on the Cuba national amateur team.
And Corrales had always made the weight in his career, despite being 6-foot (1.82-meters) and carrying the weight of a much smaller man.
Corrales gained fame in a May 2005 fight against Castillo that has already become legendary.
Both fighters have a lot at stake. For Corrales, it's proving that his knockout loss to Castillo in their rematch was a fluke. Casamayor, meanwhile, must show he still has his superb boxing skills and reflexes at the age of 35.
"I expect a war out of him," Corrales said. "For some reason they find glory and their old youth when they fight me."
Casamayor (33-3-1, 21 knockouts) stopped Corrales the first time they met, knocking him down twice and finally winning in the sixth round when bleeding caused by a faulty mouthpiece left Corrales swallowing blood. But Corrales also knocked Casamayor down in that fight, and came back to win a decision by outboxing him in their second fight.
He is a 2-1 favorite this time in the fight for the WBC lightweight title, but the crafty Casamayor believes the odds should be reversed.
"I learned that this guy (Corrales) comes one direction _ forward. He is a one-dimensional fighter," Casamayor said. "I can beat him any way. I feel like I won both fights. I know him like my own son."
Corrales (40-3, 33 knockouts) has had a year to recover from his fourth round knockout by Castillo, a break caused largely by the failure of Castillo to make weight for their third fight. Castillo also didn't make weight in the second fight, but Corrales went on and fought him anyhow.
It proved a mistake, when Castillo overwhelmed him with a left hook that floored Corrales.
Corrales had stopped Castillo in the 10th round of their first fight, an epic affair in which he was down twice in the round only to come back with a flurry of punches to win the fight in a stunning ending to a brutal bout.
"Everybody talks about that fight. For many, many years to come that's going to be the conversation piece," Corrales said. "People will look at it and say that was the best fight they had ever seen. For our day and age you don't see that kind of fight anymore."
Casamayor is a throwback of sorts himself. The lefty was a gold medalist for Cuba in the 1992 Olympics, which got him a pig from Fidel Castro as a reward. He's a technically sharp fighter who has never been afraid to mix it up or use a few questionable tactics learned through a long career in the ring.
"I feel strong, better than I have ever felt," Casamayor said. "The fight won't last 12 rounds."


Updated : 2021-08-01 09:33 GMT+08:00