2000-09-02 Diego Corrales w rsc 3 Angel Manfredy, Don Haskin’s Centre, El Paso, Texas, USA - IBF
2000-09-02 Diego Corrales w rsc 3 Angel Manfredy, Don Haskin’s Centre, El Paso, Texas, USA - IBF. Referee: Jerry McKenzie. With an enormous advantage in height and reach the champion made excellent use of his jab before switching to the body, and prior to the end of the opening round Manfredy (130) was dropped by cracking left-hook counter. Handling Manfredy with ease in the second, the upright Corrales (129¾) boxed effortlessly, scoring well with two-handed attacks, and in the third the former was ready to go as long, hard punches ripped into him prior to a big left hook eventually putting him down for the second time. Having got to his feet the challenger was all but beat, and after he got up again from another knockdown and was stumbling around the referee stopped the action at 2.38 of the session.
Corrales’ management team relinquished the IBF version of the title on his behalf in October in order for him to challenge Floyd Mayweather Jr for the WBC crown. Following this, Steve Forbes was matched against John Brown in a contest for the vacant title.