Castillo gets his revenge against Corrales
By Jason Probst (October 9, 2005)  
Photo © Tom Casino/ SHOWTIME
Jose Luis Castillo knocked out Diego Corrales in the fourth round of their rematch Saturday night in Las Vegas, in a concussive brawl that ended with a perfect left hook by the Mexican.

Landing a perfect counter hook, Castillo dropped Corrales, who rose to one knee but staggered to his feet exactly at the count of ten, prompting referee Joe Cortez to stop the match at 47 seconds of the fourth round.

Friday’s weigh-in was marred by controversy as Castillo could not make the 135-lb. lightweight limit, scaling 137 lbs. After a second try on the scales registered 138.25, the bout was declared a non-title match and Castillo was fined $120,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission. He agreed to weigh 147 lbs. today at 3 p.m.

The two battled from the opening bell. Castillo let his hands go quicker than their first match’s opening sequences, drilling Corrales with both hands and pressuring him. Corrales battled back and landed several hard shots and punched with quick combinations.

However, Castillo seemed stronger early in the rematch, and drilled Corrales with a counter right, driving him across the ring. But “Chico” just kept pressing forward, and kept trading at a breakneck rate as the third ended.

All three judges has Castillo leading 30-27 at the time of the stoppage.

Corrales’ WBO and WBC lightweight titles were not on the line for the bout, and both fighters said they would like a third match.
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