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Boxer dies in motorcycle accident in Las Vegas

Boxer dies in motorcycle accident in Las Vegas

Diego Corrales, who won titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most exciting boxing matches in recent years, died in a motorcycle accident a few kilometers from the Las Vegas Strip. He was 29.
His promoter, Gary Shaw, said Corrales was driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he collided with the back of a car Monday night. Shaw said Corrales, whose career had faltered the past two years, recently bought a racing motorcycle and apparently was riding it the time he was killed.
"He fought recklessly and he lived recklessly," Shaw said. "That was his style."
Las Vegas police spokesman Jose Montoya said the victim in the accident was wearing a helmet, and police were investigating if drugs or alcohol was involved.
Corrales, who fought most of his career as a super featherweight (59 kilos, 130 pounds), was a big puncher best known for getting up after two 10th-round knockdowns to stop Jose Luis Castillo on May 7, 2005, in what the Boxing Writers Association of America and numerous boxing publications called the fight of the year.
Corrales, though, was knocked out by Castillo in the rematch and then had three straight bouts undermined at the weigh-in.
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 (euro960,000) payday. And then Corrales weighed in 2 1/4 kilos (five pounds) over the weight limit for his WBC lightweight (61-kilo, 135-pound) title defense against Joel Casamayor, and went on to lose the fight.
He lost his last three fights, including his last one April 7 against Joshua Clottey in Springfield, Missouri. He had moved up two weight divisions to welterweight for that fight.
Corrales was born in Sacramento, California, and lived in Las Vegas in recent years. He won his first 33 fights and held a piece of the super featherweight title before he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a unification fight in January 2001.
Corrales was sent to jail on a domestic abuse charge after that fight, and didn't fight again for two years. He came back to fight a trilogy against Casamayor, losing two of the three fights, and split a pair of fights with Castillo.
"He always cared about the fans and gave them their money's worth," Shaw said. "He was a true warrior. He was what boxing stood for, and what boxing is all about."


Updated : 2021-10-16 06:58 GMT+08:00