Weekend scorecard: Lightweight bout among best ever

The Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillo fight Saturday can hold its own with the likes of Ali-Frazier III, Pryor-Arguello I, and Hagler-Hearns. This one will stand the test of time.

Updated: May 9, 2005, 11:29 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

A roundup of the weekend's notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at Las Vegas
Lightweight
Diego "Chico" Corrales TKO10 Jose Luis Castillo
Unifies lightweight titles
Records: Corrales 40-2, 33 KOs; Castillo 52-7-1
Rafael's remark: When this emotionally draining, physically taxing, all-time great fight was over, many at ringside were declaring it the single greatest bout in boxing history. Even the most hardened and cynical reporters stood along press row and applauded out of respect for the two fighters who left a piece of themselves in the Mandalay Bay ring. Maybe it's not quite the greatest fight ever, but it is clearly the fight of the year and of the decade thus far. And it is in the conversation as one of the greatest ever, right up there with Ali-Frazier III, Pryor-Arguello I, Hagler-Hearns, Leonard-Hearns I, the Zale-Graziano, Bowe-Holyfield, Gatti-Ward and Morales-Barrera trilogies, you name it. This one will stand the test of time. From round one through the incredible conclusion, the fight featured two-way, video game-like action, blood, guts and a ridiculously fast pace. And that was before Corrales authored one of the greatest comebacks ever. Down twice in the 10th, battling through a brutally swollen left eye and looking like death, he rallied to stop Castillo with a last-ditch offensive. If you missed the fight, do not miss the replay Tuesday night on Showtime2 (11 p.m. ET/PT).
Featherweight
Juan Manuel Marquez W12 Victor Polo
Retains unified featherweight title
Scores: 120-107, 119-108, 118-109.
Records:Marquez 44-2-1; Polo 34-5-3
Rafael's remark: Ultra-patient, counter-punching machine Marquez handed Polo by far the Colombian's worst loss in any of his five title fights (0-4-1). Marquez showed that he is still the man to beat at 126 pounds. His future, however, hopefully lies at 130, where the mega fights with Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales and a rematch with Manny Pacquiao are what we all want to see.

Saturday at Raunschweig, Germany
Super middleweight
Joe Calzaghe TKO6 Mario Veit
Retains a super middleweight title
Records: Calzaghe 39-0, 31 KOs; Veit 45-2
Rafael's remark: Calzaghe, who had already crushed Veit in one round when they first met in 2001, handled him again in dominant fashion. It just took a little longer this time. With the win, Calzaghe can sit back and hope Jeff Lacy beats Robin Reid in August to set up a fall unification fight that would be another great match in an outstanding run of top-notch Showtime fights this year.

Friday at Mashantucket, Conn.
Middleweight
Sechew Powell KO1 Cornelius Bundrage
Records: Powell 16-0, 10 KOs; Bundrage 21-1
Rafael's remark: As amazing as anything you'll see. Three punches thrown in a 22-second fight in the ShoBox main event. Powell and Bundrage connected simultaneously in the opening seconds for a rare double knockdown (which referee Dick Flaherty missed). As soon as they regained their footing after Flaherty incorrectly ruled a slip, Powell decked Bundrage with a straight left hand, eventually prompting a stoppage. You could watch boxing regularly for the next 20 years and never see anything like this again.
Junior middleweight
Yuri Foreman W8 Kevin Cagle
Scores:80-72 (three times)
Records: Foreman 18-0; Cagle 16-1
Rafael's remark: Foreman set a fast pace and continued his development as he outclassed Cagle in a shutout on all three scorecards.
Junior middleweight
Andre Berto TKO1 Tim Hines.
Records: Berto 5-0, 3 KOs; Hines 4-1
Rafael's remark: 2004 Haitian Olympian Berto, 21, is not as well known as fellow Olympians Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell and Abner Mares, but he could be a sleeper of the group. He has done nothing other than win impressively in the early stages of a promising career.

Friday at Fountain Hill, Ariz.
Welterweight
Manuel Gomez D10 Jesus Soto-Karass
Scores: 97-93 Gomez, 95-95 (twice)
Records:Gomez 28-10-2; Soto-Karass 11-3-2
Rafael's remark: Gomez is angling for a fight with titlist Antonio Margarito – both are promoted by Top Rank – but Gomez did not do much to enhance his status after being held to a draw by an opponent who took the fight on only two days' notice.

Thursday at Tucson, Ariz.
Middleweight
David Lopez W12 Danny Perez
Scores: 118-109 (twice), 116-112
Records: Lopez 24-13; Perez 31-5
Rafael's remark: Lopez rebounded from a knockout loss to Fulgencio Zuniga to easily outpoint Perez, who was once a top contender at welterweight but has not made a mark as a middleweight.
Junior featherweight
Celestino Caballero KO5 Jose Luis Valbuena
Records: Caballero 22-2, 16 KOs; Valbuena 24-4-1
Rafael's remark: In this 122-pound title eliminator, Caballero became the mandatory challenger for titlist Israel Vazquez. It is the second big win in a row for the emerging Panamanian contender, coming three months after a lopsided decision against previously undefeated Daniel Ponce De Leon. Valbuena, meanwhile, has been knocked out twice in a row, also losing via 12th-round stoppage to Vazquez for the vacant belt 14 months ago.

Thursday at Palm Springs, Calif.
Light heavyweight
Julio Gonzalez Tech. Dec. 6 (accidental head butt) Montell Griffin
Scores: 60-54, 60-55, 57-57
Records: Gonzalez 38-2; Griffin 47-6
Rafael's remark: An accidental clash of heads in the sixth round opened a cut over Gonzalez's right eye and ended this elimination fight between two former belt holders. With the win, Gonzalez became the mandatory challenger for titlist Clinton Woods, a fight he'll be favored to win.

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