Weekend scorecard: Corrales-Castillo III inevitable

With Jose Luis Castillo's KO of Diego Corrales in their controversial rematch Saturday, all the elements are in place for a third chapter.

Originally Published: October 10, 2005
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com


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

Monday at Tokyo
Flyweight
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam Tech Dec. 7
(accidental head butt) Daisuke Naito

Retains a flyweight title
Scores: 68-64 (three times)
Records: Wonjongkam 58-2; Naito 27-2-2
Rafael's remark: The fight was stopped and sent to the scorecards in the seventh round because Naito, a Japanese southpaw, was bleeding badly from an accidental head clash. Even though he lost, Naito performed far better than he did the first time he faced the Thai champion in 2002. In that fight, Naito was knocked out in just 34 seconds. Someone please explain why this is allowed to go on: Wonjongkam, healthy and active (four fights this year) made his 12th title defense, yet the corrupt WBC also has crowned Jorge Arce the "interim" champ and he defended that belt Saturday. The WBC is a joke as it is following the ridiculous WBA's lead by allowing two fighters to claim titles in the same division without making them fight each other. It's just a sick charade and a way for the organization to collect sanction fees and the fighters, promoters and managers are dumb enough to go along with it. And you wonder why boxing is a joke sometimes? Enough is enough.

Saturday at Las Vegas
Lightweight
Jose Luis Castillo KO4 Diego Corrales
Non-title fight
Records: Castillo 53-7-1, 47 KOs; Corrales 40-3
Rafael's remark: Now the record is 1-1 in boxing's most fabulous budding rivalry, as Castillo avenged his May loss with a brutal left-hook, one-punch knockout of Corrales. But there was more to this fight than just three-plus rounds of exciting action and a knockout-of-the-year candidate. We all know about Corrales' awesome 10th-round comeback in their first fight, which will go down as one of the greatest fights in boxing history. We all know about the controversy surrounding the 10th round, in which Corrales, down twice and nearly out, received about 40 seconds of valuable recovery time as his dislodged mouthpiece was replaced after each knockdown. Now we have the rematch, which came five months and one day later. It did not match the first fight's sheer excitement but it certainly had its own drama and controversy because of Castillo's failure to make the lightweight limit. Some say that because Castillo didn't have to sweat all the way down to 135 -- he was 138½ officially -- he had an unfair advantage. His cornerman was caught trying to rig the scale and Castillo was forced to an unofficial Saturday afternoon weigh-in, in which he was not allowed to exceed 147 pounds. It was as bizarre a scene as you will see in boxing. And because, ultimately, Corrales' unified titles were not at stake, he is still lightweight world champion despite being pulverized. So now we have two exciting fights in the books, both with drama, both with controversy and now with a champion who was knocked out but is still champion. Can you say trilogy? The rivalry has only just begun.
Flyweight
Jorge Arce TKO2 Hussein Hussein
Retains an interim flyweight title
Records: Arce 41-3-1, 31 KOs; Hussein 28-3
Rafael's remark: Their first fight in March was an instant classic with Arce, bleeding badly from a deep cut on the bridge of his nose, scoring a 10th-round TKO. This fight was a one-sided domination. Arce dropped Hussein twice and hurt him several times. After the second knockdown, Hussein trainer Jeff Fenech threw in the towel. Hussein will have a lot of time to think about his surprisingly poor performance on that long flight back to Australia. Arce is expected eventually to face titlist Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in an attempt to remove the interim tag from his title. That is if the heinous WBC ever actually mandates the fight between its champion and interim champion.
Junior lightweight
Bobby Pacquiao W10 Carlos Hernandez
Scores: 95-94, 95-93 (Pacquiao), 97-92 Hernandez
Records: Pacquiao 26-11-3; Hernandez 41-6-1
Rafael's remark: Are you kidding? This is easily the robbery of the year. Judges Duane Ford and Chuck Giampa should be ashamed of themselves for their vile scorecards. Yes, Pacquiao (the brother of Manny Pacquiao) scored a second-round knockdown but was outclassed the rest of the fight by the former title holder. Pacquiao did not win the fight. Period. Even his trainer, the highly respected Freddie Roach, said that Hernandez won. Ringside reporters were in an uproar over the decision, as was the crowd in the arena, which gave Hernandez a standing ovation after the rip-off. Nevada needs to look closely at judges who score fights as though they are either asleep or from another planet. This one was so bad, there shouldn't even be a rematch. Just let Hernandez go on to a bigger fight.
Junior welterweight
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. TKO5 Jeremy Stiers (9-5)
Records: Chavez Jr. 23-0, 18 KOs; Stiers 9-5
Rafael's remark: Chavez, 19, continues to be matched softly while trying to make up for his complete lack of amateur experience. His speed and brutal left hooks were too much for Stiers, who was game to the end but in over his head. Chavez, whose legendary father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., was ringside, will continue to fight six-rounders for the rest of the year before he moves up to eight-round bouts next year. Don't expect to see him in any sort of competitive match for awhile. He'll be back in action on the Nov. 12 card headlined by heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman. It is possible that he could face Grover Wiley, the journeyman who made Chavez Sr. quit last month in what was probably his final fight. One interesting sidebar to the Stiers fight: Richard Steele was the referee. He was the third man in the ring for Chavez Sr.'s most stunning victory, a comeback TKO of Meldrick Taylor in their first fight when Steele stopped it with just two seconds left. Steele and Chavez Sr. acknowledged each other before the fight with a hug.
Junior middleweight
Vanes Martirosyan TKO1 Tony Morales

Records: Martirosyan 5-0, 2 KOs; Morales 5-3
Rafael's remark: Martirosyan, a 2004 U.S. Olympian, continued to stay busy with his third fight in three months. He's a prospect with big-time backers -- Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, manager Shelly Finkel and trainer Freddie Roach -- who believe in his potential.

Friday at Las Vegas
Middleweight
Kelly Pavlik TKO9 Fulgencio Zuniga
Records: Pavlik 27-0, 24 KOs; Zuniga 17-2-1
Rafael's remark: Pavlik passed his stiffest test as a pro, but had to overcome a first-round knockdown -- the first of his career -- by the powerful Zuniga, who caught him with a left hook. But Pavlik shook it off and battled Zuniga in a fast-paced action fight until Zuniga's corner stopped it after the ninth round. Zuniga suffered cuts to both eyes, one caused by a punch and one from an accidental head butt. Pavlik is an exciting fighter because he has great power but also gets hit. If he wants to take his game to the championship level, he needs to tighten up his defense or else it will end up costing him dearly. But he has serious promise. There is a reason he was rejected as an opponent for Winky Wright on Dec. 10.
Featherweight
Ricardo Castillo TKO5 Phillip Payne
Records: Castillo 26-2, 19 KOs; Payne 16-16-1
Rafael's remark: Castillo got his family's weekend off to a good start. He is the brother of Jose Luis Castillo, who knocked out Diego Corrales on Saturday night in the major fight of the weekend. Ricardo Castillo dropped Payne in the second round and pounded away until referee Tony Weeks halted it in the fifth.

Friday at Miami
Junior flyweight
Daniel Reyes TKO6 Valentin Leon
Records: Reyes 35-3-1, 30 KOs; Leon 14-11-2
Rafael's remark: Reyes, a former strawweight champion, was supposed to fight Roberto Leyva in a rubber match. But Leyva dropped out with a hand injury and Leon took the bout on short notice. Although Leon scored a surprising knockdown in the second round, Reyes was OK and quickly regained control of the fight.

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.

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