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Corrales, in turnaround, doesn't make weight but fight goes on

Corrales, in turnaround, doesn't make weight but fight goes on

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.
"It's terribly ironic," promoter Gary Shaw said. "I'm shocked. I don't know what to say."
Corrales lost his title on the scale and will be fined by Nevada boxing authorities for not coming close to the weight. But, after agreeing to give up some of his $1.2 million (euro950,000) purse to Casamayor, the fight will go on Saturday night.
The WBC ruled that Casamayor can win the title by beating Corrales, though Corrales can't keep it by beating Casamayor. In addition, if Casamayor loses, he would fight a top contender for the vacant title in his next fight.
The fight was in doubt after Corrales weighed 140 pounds (63.5 kilograms), then 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). He made it down to 139 (62).
In addition to getting more money for the fight, Casamayor will get half of the $240,000 (euro190,000) fine levied by the Nevada State Athletic Commission against Corrales for not making weight.
"I definitely deserve to be punished," Corrales said. "I should make weight and I didn't."
Representatives of both fighters didn't take long after the weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino to come to an agreement on Corrales paying Casamayor some of his purse. But Shaw declined to say just how much of the purse Casamayor would get.
They also agreed to a second weigh-in at noon Saturday, at which point neither fighter can weigh more than 147 pounds (66.7 kilograms).
Corrales said he tried everything to lose weight, and that some tuna and a salad was his last meal on Monday. Since then, he said, he had no food or water, sucking just on ice chips.
"My body just wouldn't let anything go," he said. "It just wouldn't."
The 6-foot (1.83-meter) boxer said he had planned to leave the lightweight division after the May fight with Jose Luis Castillo, but after that was postponed he stayed at 135 pounds so he could get a more lucrative payday against Casamayor.
It was the third straight fight for Corrales that hinged on a weigh-in. For the first time, though, this one was his fault.
Castillo couldn't make weight twice against Corrales, and the second time Corrales refused to fight him at the higher weight, costing himself a $1.3 million (euro1 million) payday.
Castillo was later fined $250,000 (euro198,000) by the Nevada commission and suspended for the rest of the year.
When Castillo couldn't get within 3 pounds (1.4 kilograms) of the weight for the last fight, Corrales said he wanted to punch him 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."
Shaw said he personally checked on Corrales 10 days ago to see if he was on track to make weight, and the fighter weighed just a shade under 142 pounds (64.4 kilograms). Fighters generally tend to lose several pounds in the last two weeks before a fight, so Shaw said he wasn't concerned.
Corrales was supposed to return to the ring Saturday night 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 Cuban national amateur team.
And Corrales had always made the weight in his career, despite being a 6-footer carrying the weight of a much smaller man.
True to form, Casamayor weighed the class limit of 135 pounds. But the weight of his opponent was a shocker.
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 (40-3, 33 knockouts) 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.


Updated : 2021-06-15 13:00 GMT+08:00