Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo (1st meeting)
2005-05-07 : Diego Corrales 135 lbs beat Jose Luis Castillo 135 lbs by TKO at 2:06 in round 10 of 12
- Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Tony Weeks
- Judge: Daniel Van de Wiele 86-85
- Judge: Lou Moret 87-84
- Judge: Paul Smith 84-87
- World Boxing Council Lightweight Title (3rd defending of Castillo)
- World Boxing Organization Lightweight Title (1st defending of Corrales)
- Time: 2:06
- Weights: 135 lbs (each)
- Corrales-Castillo I Round 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZaiGJgbsw
- The entire bout was fought in close, producing facial damages. Castillo was cut in the left eye brow in round five. By round seven Corrales showed bad puffs under each eye. After his second knockdown, he bled below the right eye.
- Corrales was knocked down twice in round 10th.
- Corrales spit his mouthpiece out after each knockdown, causing controversy because of the extra recovery time he received as his corner rinsed out the mouthpiece.
- Corrales had a point deducted after the second infraction.
- As Castillo moved in to finish off Corrales, the always-dangerous Corrales landed a huge left hook that staggered Castillo.
- Corrales quickly followed up with a flurry of hard punches causing referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight.
- Both fighters took a tremendous amount of punishment in what is already widely considered a boxing classic.
- Data Boxing Blows: Corrales 340/520 65%, Castillo 244/537 45%.
- Fight was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.
- Diego Corrales wins the Ring Magazine Lightweight championship of the world.