Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Diego Corrales killed at the age of 29.

Diego "Chico" Corrales was killed Monday night, he was only 29 years old. Corrales was in a motorcycle accident and was reportedly going at least 100 mph and he slammed into the back of a car. He was wearing a helmet at the time of his fatal crash.

Corrales won four world titles in his 11-year career, two at junior lightweight and two at lightweight. He was also in one of the greatest fights in boxing history, when he fought Jose Luis Castillo in an epic battle in May 7th, 2005. Corrales and Castilla's epic battle was named the fight of the year and it was well deserved. Castillo knocked "Chico" down twice in the 10th round before Corrales came-from-behind and knocked Castillo out in the final round. It was by far the most dramatic finishes I've ever seen.

A spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that there had been a fatal motorcycle accident in the southwest part of the city at approximately 7:20 p.m. PT, but he would not identify the person killed.

"All we know is that he was riding on his bike, and they say he was going 100 mph and hit the back of a car," said Jin Mosley, the wife of welterweight star Shane Mosley and a close friend of Michelle Corrales, Diego's wife.

Corrales finished his 11-year career with a 40-5 record with 33 knockouts. He is survived by his wife, four children and a step-daughter.

Credit for this story goes to the Mighty MJD over at the Fanhouse. There is also a video of the final round of the Corrales/Castillo bout after the jump.

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