2005-03-05 Jose Luis Castillo w rsc 10 Julio Diaz, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring
2005-03-05 Jose Luis Castillo w rsc 10 Julio Diaz, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring. Referee: Richard Steele. Starting slowly, the champion initially allowed the taller Diaz (134½) to take control with the jab as he looked to get inside where he could do maximum damage. Eventually, Castillo (135) got closer and by the fourth round he was landing heavy left hooks to head and body and when Diaz tried switching to southpaw he was met by straight rights for his pains. Unfortunately, head clashes in the fourth and eighth saw Diaz cut over both eyes and when his left eye was virtually closed shut in the ninth it became desperate, especially with Castillo whacking in body punches on the blind side. Although trying to stay with Castillo in the tenth, Diaz was eventually rescued by the referee on the 2.23 mark after being dropped twice, firstly by a solid left hook and secondly when he walked into a right uppercut.