You want action? You want boxing finesse? You want drama? Look no further.
The fight was a 12-round lightweight unification bout between Corrales and Castillo. Corrales, who had a career record of 39–2 with 32 knockouts, was the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion. Castillo, at 52–6–1 with 46 knockouts, was the World Boxing Council (WBC) champion.
A Classic Mexican in-fighter, Castillo, is the zenith of what it means to be a fighter. Relentless in his pursuit, he digs to the body and throws with nasty intention almost every second of all of his bouts.
Corrales embodies a more pure-style boxer, but for this fight, at the advice of his trainer, went toe to toe with the Mexican. He abandons his usual style and for the first five rounds managed to get the better of the exchanges.
Rolling and slipping from the mid distance to rumble in close quarter, Corrales showed superb skill. However, after this initial burst, the intensity of the attack had worn Corrales and the muscle memory of Castillo was kicking in.
With his finely attuned in-boxing style, Castillo begins to overcome the American inside the pocket. Castillo was catching Corrales as he rolled and slipped and was marking the American around the yes.
Rounds 7 and 8 see wobbles from Corrales as he engages in more clinches for protection, but Castillo begins to outwork him clearly.
Round 9 is a scorching inferno of back and forth power shots. Castillo elects to rip at Corrales broken body. Corrales is getting off his own big shots, staggering the Mexican several times.
But it is round 10 which is truly one of the most magical moments in boxing. For many, it was a controversial outcome from referee Tony Weeks; and for others, a very well calculated decision.
Both men were hospitalised immediately after the fight and you will see why after watching the video.
IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THIS FIGHT, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WATCH IT NOW……Even if you have, its always worth watching again!