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The broadcast will begin on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT
(delayed on the west coast)


Two boxers with a genuine disdain for each other will duke it out with bad intentions for a third time when Diego “Chico” Corrales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) and RING lightweight titles against former world champion and longtime adversary, southpaw Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, on Saturday, Oct. 7, during a Free Preview Weekend on Showtime..

“I want to punish this dude,” said Corrales shortly after the grudge rubber match was made official. “I want Casamayor to be there for some rounds so I can beat on him. I do not like the guy. I never have. He has a big mouth and he likes to talk a lot. I am going to make him pay a price for talking. I want to make him hurt. I am not here to play. I am here to defend my titles and move on. I am looking to close this chapter. I am going to end his career.

“We have bad blood between us. From the start, we got off on the wrong foot and stayed on that foot. We are like oil and water. We do not mix.”

Said Casamayor, who called out Corrales on television after his last fight: “People already know who the real man is. But, if I have to remind them, I will do it on Oct. 7. I am happy that Corrales finally gave me the rematch. I have been waiting a long time. I am the stronger guy.

“Corrales has been in a lot of ring wars. He is burnt. I just need to touch him on the chin and he will go. He has said a lot of bad things about me; that I am not a good fighter, that I am not this, that I am not that. Yes, it is personal. He has brought the hunger back in my heart.”

WBC & WBO lightweight champion Diego "Chico" Corrales (40-2, 33 KO's), Sacramento, California. 29-years-old, 5'11", 135-pounds, trainer of record Joe Goosen, managed by James Prince.

Style: Corrales is back in action after his third fight with Jose Luis Castillo was cancelled when Castillo was unable to make weight. Corrales is a tall rangy banger, who specializes in throwing laser-like right hands down the middle. He is an underrated boxer/puncher who has the ability to wack guys out but he can go the distance if needed. You can look for the smooth moving Corrales to throw shots from a number of different angles and despite his size, he can box well on the inside and he can be trouble with a nasty right hand uppercut in close quarters. Ego sometimes gets the best of Corrales. Rather than box and score he elects to trade and everyone witnessed what happened the second time he fought Castillo.

Strength: Corrales has very good power and the ability to pull the trigger while firing shots from different angles. His best punch is a wicked right hand but because of his overall quickness, he can also hurt you with a whip-like left hook. With Joe Goosen calling the shots look for Corrales to be in excellent condition. He is at his best when he uses his size and reach, but don't be fooled by Corrales' height. He can be very effective on the inside with sharp uppercuts.

Weakness: You have to wonder how the cancellation of his third fight with Castillo effected Corrales psyche? All that work in training came and then zip, no fight. Corrales has struggled in the past against fast and slick boxer/punchers such as Mayweather and Casamayor. Speed and movement give him problems. Also, his chin is very questionable. Over the course of his career he has been on the deck ten times. Five times in the Mayweather title fight, along with twice in the first Casamayor loss and once in his win over the former Cuban world champion. Factor in two more knockdowns to Castillo in their last encounter and you start to realize this guy has spent a fair amount of time looking up at the ring lights. The other element that might effect Corrales is his weight. He walks around in excess of 150 but then shrinks down to the lightweight limit of 135. That takes a toll on an athlete's endurance and overall strength. If Corrales struggles to make weight, well, it will probably reflect in his performance. Pay extra attention to see if he comes in dry.
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Challenger Joel Casamayor (33-3-1, 21 KO's) Miramar, Florida via Guantánamo, Cuba. 35-year-old southpaw, 5'7", 135 pounds, trainer of record Jose Bonilla, manager Luis De Cubas.

Style: Casamayor is a crafty lefthanded counter puncher with quick hands who will bang when the opportunity presents itself but is extremely comfortable boxing, moving and picking his spots. He throws flashy well-timed combinations but as he has gotten older there is less lateral movement and he tends to bang more and look for more knockouts. In his last seven bouts, Casamayor has gone 4-2 and 1, with three of those victories coming on KO's or TKO's. In short, as Casamayor has aged he has gotten further away from boxing and placed a greater emphasis on punching.

Strength: Casamayor is a very confident boxer puncher with only three losses on his resume and two of those fights were split decisions. He has the ability to set up his shots and then deliver two, three and four punch volleys with precision before stepping back reloading and pulling the trigger again. He is very effective at throwing counter left crosses and just when you believe you have figured him out Casamayor will drill you with lead left hands. He uses the ring well and while at 35 his reflexes have slowed somewhat, he still has the ability to feint, move and then score with either hand.

Weakness: There was a basic change in strategy for Casamayor in the Freitas fight and he has become a little more of a banger than a boxer. We don't want to say he got lazy but rather than use his legs to set up his punches he began just firing more shots from a set position. His head movement and foot speed have slowed over the last several years and while he has scored back to back KO wins his defense has also slipped and he is a far easier target to tag. Casamayor use to depend more on his feet than his fists but that has changed as he has gotten older. Just like all of us, Casamayor is slowing down.

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In the co-feature bout of a world championship doubleheader rising superstar Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (26-0, 21 KOs) will risk his International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization (IBF/IBO) flyweight crowns and his undefeated record against world-ranked Glenn “The Filipino Bomber” Donaire (16-2-1, nine KOs.
 

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Corrales fails to make weight; title defence against Casamayor in doubt
October 6, 2006 - 20:46


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Diego Corrales turned the tables on himself.

Robbed of a big payday when his last opponent couldn't make weight, Corrales vowed never to disgrace the sport by not being at the proper weight himself. So what happened on Friday? Corrales weighed in a whopping five pounds over the weight limit for his WBC 135-pound title defence against Joel Casamayor.

The fight was in doubt after Corrales came back a short time later and weighed 139 1/2, then was given two hours to get down to 137. If it is called off, it will be the second time in two fights that Corrales hadn't fought because of weight issues.

Corrales lost a US$1.3 million purse when he refused to fight Jose Luis Castillo in June when Castillo failed to make the lightweight limit for the second time in two fights against him.

At the time, Corrales said he wanted to punch Castillo for not making the weight. A few days ago he said he didn't regret not fighting because it would not be fair for a bigger fighter to fight a smaller one.

"I stood on level ground and explained to everybody if he didn't make weight there wouldn't be a fight," Corrales said. "I made the right decision."

Corrales was supposed to return to the ring Saturday night for the first time in nearly a year. It didn't figure that his opponent's weight would be a problem because Casamayor knows something about making weight from being on the Cuban national amateur team.

And Corrales had always made the weight in his career, despite being a six-footer carrying the weight of a much smaller man.
 

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Hello Eric it looks like the fight is on after some intense negotiation here is the latest


The Nevada State Athletic Commission fined Corrales $240,000, $120,000 of which goes to Casamayor. The Corrales and Casamayor camps also agreed on a settlement that included an undisclosed monetary payment from Corrales to Casamayor. Further, Corrales lost his World Boxing Council title on the scale. If Casamayor wins, he is the new WBC 135-pound world champion. If the fight is a draw or Casamayor loses, he will have the opportunity to fight David Diaz, the current WBC lightweight interim champion, for the title. Both fighters have agreed to a noon weigh-in tomorrow where neither fighter may exceed 147 pounds.

DIEGO CORRALES:
"I grabbed Casamayor's hand after the weigh-in and apologized. It's not something I tried to do."

"I've been trying so hard to drop the weight, I was almost at the point of passing out this morning."

"Honestly, I'm responsible for my actions. I believe if you make a mistake, you should be punished. I made a mistake and should be punished."

"When I was at the 147 area a few weeks ago, I knew it might be tough to get down. I got down a bit and thought I might get there, but I just couldn't crack 142 pounds. Every day, I trained, ate salad and still weighed 142 pounds. I was actually afraid I was going to pass out today - I worked out three times with no food or water."

"I just got done working out for two hours and only lost half a pound. That pretty much sums it up. I pretty much killed myself to be here at this fight.
 

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This twist will make things real interesting I must say Corrales stamina will definitely be affected

I'm going to put some Budweiser in the refrigerator and get ready for tonight's entertainment it's definitely going to be interesting :)
 

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Im watching showtime as of right now. Corrales was said to be gaunt and lightheaded-donno if this is just publicity or real. I remember 5-6 years ago when Corrales had been on his way to jail, psyched himself out of a fight.

BTW, I dont know why Corrales has any credibility in the boxing industry after cheating in the Castillo fight-he was done in the 11th, during the count he spit out his mouthpiece and got an extra wind. None of the professionals called him on his cheating. Cant stand the guy because know he acts like his weight class' golden boy.

Casamyor, seems like he can turn his career around with a win this evening. hope he does it.
 

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Im watching showtime as of right now. Corrales was said to be gaunt and lightheaded-donno if this is just publicity or real. I remember 5-6 years ago when Corrales had been on his way to jail, psyched himself out of a fight.

BTW, I dont know why Corrales has any credibility in the boxing industry after cheating in the Castillo fight-he was done in the 11th, during the count he spit out his mouthpiece and got an extra wind. None of the professionals called him on his cheating. Cant stand the guy because know he acts like his weight class' golden boy.

Casamyor, seems like he can turn his career around with a win this evening. hope he does it.

I am a Corrales fan. he did lose a point for the mouthpiece didnt he?

I cant stand Casamayor & think he has done nothing to deserve this fight.
I hope he gets KO'd . He is a dirty fighter also.
 

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I am a Corrales fan. he did lose a point for the mouthpiece didnt he?

I cant stand Casamayor & think he has done nothing to deserve this fight.
I hope he gets KO'd . He is a dirty fighter also.

A point? He was lying on his back and in order to get extra time, spit out his mouthpiece. Even his fans should realize he cheated. He gets no free pass because he may have had a point deducted. BTW-did he get a point deducted? I don't remember
 

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The ref could have dq'ed him and didn't its not corrales's fault that he wasn't dq'ed what was he supposed to do quit?

BTW I thought that it was a bad decision I had corrales winning agains assamyor.
 
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