This is a fairly mundane boxing notebook-style column, but I've included it here because the final item still makes me laugh out loud.
Everyone in boxing agrees it's imperative for the heavyweight division to shake off its lingering malaise marked by multiple belt-holders and move toward a unified title.
Everyone, it seems, but a man who currently holds one splinter of that fractured heavyweight championship.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Monday, May 9, 2005
I feel fortunate that I later spent some time with Corrales away from boxing and became friendly with him. Corrales was killed in a motorcycle crash in Las Vegas in 2007. He was 29, way too young.
Diego "Chico" Corrales climbed up from the canvas and directly into the annals of boxing's greatest comebacks Saturday night with his spectacular 10th-round stoppage of Jose Luis Castillo at Mandalay Bay.
Trailing by a score of 10-6 in the 10th round -- having been knocked down twice and assessed a penalty point for spitting out his mouthpiece -- Corrales got up and drilled Castillo with a left hook that changed the course of the lightweight division and, perhaps, both men's boxing careers.