Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Diego "Chico" Corrales Dies in Motorcycle Accident

From Excite.com:
LAS VEGAS (AP) -Diego Corrales, who won titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most exciting fights in recent years, died in a motorcycle accident a few miles 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 ran into 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 at 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.
Wow, I remember this guy. He was pretty good, up until he lost his first fight to Floyd Mayweather. That was a very memorable fight. Corrales looked like a favorite coming into that fight. He was taller, had a reach advantage and just looked bigger. But Mayweather kicked his ass to the point that Corrales' stepfather, who was working his corner literally threw in the towel to stop the ass-whipping. Corrales burst into tears and cursed at him, but his stepfather shook his head, hugged him and said he didn't want him to get hurt. I've never forgotten that fight.

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3 comments:

Luke Cage said...

I haven't been big into boxing since the damn sport went bellyup in scandals and shady-ness. But Rest in Peace to you man.

Michelle Pessoa said...

But boxing has always been shady. I think the problem now is a lack of talent. The young men who would've been boxers in the past are choosing other sports, and rightly so. You'll have a longer, safer career in almost any other sport.

motorbike insurance online said...

Just goes to show that no matter how comprehensive your policy is, motorbike insurance won't cover everything which is lost...

A truly sad loss for a sport which struggles enough for good reputation...