Sunday, May 08, 2005Old-Fashioned Brawl
Fight of the Year? Try Decade
Everyone complains about boxing. Oh it's so corrupt and it's all fixed. Well on Saturday something strange happened -- two guys in the prime of their careers actually fought. Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo were the two best lightweights in the world and they decided it was time to see who was better.
After nine of the most brutal rounds you'll see, Castillo floored Corrales twice in the 10 when the man they called "Chico" made an improbable rally with his left eye swollen shut. And afterwards two fights hugged and said it was an honor to face each other. I almost cried.
In the undercard, Juan Manuel Marquez bored me to death with a victory over Victor Polo. Polo is a dead ringer for Freddie Mitchell. Marquez is angry he doesn't get marketed better but I'm not sure how to market a guy who's best moment was a draw.
Corrales in a Classic [NYP]
Corrales Rises From Canvas, KOs Castillo [Review-Journal]
Eagles Drop Mitchell for Making More Quips Than Catches [NYT]