Watch Dog: Steve's Pay-Per-View Criteria: Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo II
By Steve Hudgins (October 7, 2005)  
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I don't think any one fight can be made in boxing today, that alone, is worth the price of a PPV. Unless of course, they can conjure up Dempsey vs Marciano or Joe Louis, but until that day comes, I want some
quantity to go along with quality!

I say, if they want us to shell out 30, 40 sometimes 50 bucks per PPV, they should give us some bang for our buck! The card should be solid from top to bottom! Or at least it should be so top heavy with excellent fights that they can get away with a showcase fight to kick off the festivities, but these 2 or 3 showcase fights and 1 decent to mega main event PPV's are for the birds! (My apologies to any of the birds I may have offended with that statement.)


I preview and rate every fight that is scheduled to be televised on a PPV Boxing Card, and try to determine whether that card is worth purchasing or not based on my point system below.

Please note that at the end of each preview, I will mention what weight class the bout is being fought at and where each fighter ranks within that weight class. This is done by using "The Ring" ratings.



5 = Excellent Matchup
4 = Good Matchup
3 = Decent Matchup
2 = OK Matchup
1 = Bad Matchup

If a fight is scheduled to be televised on the card, it gets at least 1 point. This helps to reward quantity.


14 or higher = GET IT!

13 = If you can find someone to split it with you, GET

12 = If you can find someone to split it with you, CONSIDER getting it.

11 = If you can find a place that is showing it, or get enough people over to split it with you, so that you are not paying more than 10 dollars for the card, CONSIDER it.

10 or under = Save your money and sleep well at night knowing you didn't get ripped off!


October 8th: PPV Price = 44.95

JOSE LUIS CASTILLO (52-7-1 46 KO's) vs DIEGO CORRALES (40-2 33 KO's) II:
A rematch of one of the best slugfests ever, that was tainted by an incompetent referee. The great news is that not only are we getting this rematch, but Tony Weeks will NOT be the ref! And while it's hard to imagine this being as amazing of a fight as their first battle was, it is practically a guarantee that it will be great! How great? We'll find out on Saturday night. This is the best matchup that can currently be made in all of boxing today.

* Diego Corrales is the Lightweight Champion Of The World - Jose Luis Castillo is rated #1 at
Lightweight(135lbs) *


JORGE ARCE (40-3-1 30 KO's) vs. HUSSEIN HUSSEIN (28-2-1 21 KO's): Arce and Hussein fought one of the best fights of the year thus far on the undercard of Morales/Pacquiao. Arce swarmed while Hussein fought him off again and again. The bout was filled with fantastic back and forthing until a bloodied Arce finally stepped it up and stopped the very game, hard hitting Hussein in 10. I expect the same kind of fight here. One thing to keep in mind is that Arce had Hussein badly wobbled early in their first fight, so an early KO for Arce is definitely a possibility. That's the only scenerio I can come up with that would keep this fight from being another barn burner.

* Jorge Arce is rated #5 at Flyweight(112lbs) -
Hussein Hussein is rated #10 at Flyweight(112lbs) *


CARLOS HERNANDEZ (41-5-1 24 KO's) vs BOBBY PACQUIAO (25-11-3 11 KO's): A quick look at the records and one may think of this as a bit of a showcase fight for Hernandez, but not so fast. Bobby Pacquiao, the younger brother of superstar Manny Pacquiao, is coming off of the biggest win of his career, a knockout of Carlos Navarro. He's a southpaw who throws good straight punches and he knows that this is his big chance to make a name for himself. Hernandez, having been in the ring with the likes of Goyo Vargas, Genaro Hernandez, Floyd Mayweather, Erik Morales and most recently Jesus Chavez, has a huge edge in experience and will take the fight right to Pacquiao, hoping a victory may get him a shot at Bobby's brother Manny somewhere down the line. Conventional wisdom says that Hernandez just brings way too much to the table for Bobby Paquiao to overcome, but Pacquiao should be very game and Hernandez is very rarely in a boring fight.

* Carlos Hernandez is ranked #7 at Jr
Lightweight(130lbs) - Bobby Pacquiao is not rated.


his is a pure showcase fight for Baby Chavez. As with any showcase fight, all you can hope for is that the opponent will be game and durable. 2 of Stiers 4 losses were via 1st round KO. That does not bode well for the hope of durability. More than likely this is someone Baby Chavez can steamroll in 1or 2 rounds.

* This fight is being fought at Jr
Welterweight(140lbs) - Neither fighter is rated *



SUMMARY: Promoters please take note....This is the way a PPV card should be!!! A Mega main event with Castillo/Corrales II. An excellent fight in support with Arce/Hussein II. Hernandez/Pacquiao has the potential to be a fun fight, and ok, we all know how the Baby Chavez fight is going to turn out, but when the rest of the card is this solid, you can get away with having a fight like that to kick off the festivities!

This is the best PPV boxing card that has been offered to boxing fans in a long, long time. If you are a boxing, this is a no brainer, you have to get this! If you are looking to get some non boxing fans, to become boxing fans, this is the card to bait them with! If you are not a boxing fan, get this PPV and you probably will be a boxing fan afterwards!

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