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No controversy expected in Corrales-Castillo II

first_imgpeople, when discussing last May’s incredible fight between Diego “Chico’ Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo, talk about how Corrales got up from two 10th-round knockdowns to stop Castillo in the 10th. What sometimes is forgotten is that Corrales spit out his mouthpiece after the first knockdown, then took it out with his glove after the second. “Now I expect them to have a second mouthpiece, to have it washed off and the trainer be standing on the top of the (ladder) ready to put it in if the mouthpiece comes out,’ Ratner said via telephone Wednesday. Ratner was asked what would happen to a trainer who obviously was taking his time re-inserting a mouthpiece of a hurt fighter. “Well, we can fine them …,’ Ratner said. But could a fighter be disqualified for the slow actions of his trainer? “I don’t like to deal in what-ifs,’ Ratner said. “I’ve talked to both sides. They are both aware this is a very important fight and I don’t expect any gamesmanship from either side.’ Castillo admitted recently that he has been champing at the bit to get another chance at Corrales. The mouthpiece issue is at the root of his eagerness. That was evident when he was asked if his family stands behind his desire to again fight Corrales in what is expected to be another brutal fight just five months after the first. “My family supports everything I do, and they support me with this fight,’ said Castillo, of Mexico. “They don’t think it was fair what they did with the mouthpiece, with the extra time he got. “They might say it was not intentional, but it sure looked like it. Not only did it give him more time (to gather his senses) after the knockdowns, it gave him more rest, which he needed at the time.’ Corrales, of Sacramento, was asked about this during a recent conference call. He denied anything to do with the mouthpiece was intentional, but what else was he going to say? Besides, most experts look at what Corrales did as being brilliant in a scary situation. When referee Tony Weeks deducted a point from Corrales after he took his mouthpiece out following the second knockdown, it was about all he could do to that point. It certainly was not yet time for a disqualification consideration. “I don’t do things to try to cheat,’ Corrales said. “You don’t see me do unfair things in the ring. I am a straight-arrow fighter. That was the first time I have ever even lost a point in my pro career. That speaks for itself. “To say I’m trying to beat the rules, or buy time, I would never do that. That is beneath me.’ Castillo, 31, is 52-7-1 with 46 knockouts. Corrales, 28, is 40-2 with 33 knockouts. Robert Morales can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Showtime will televise the card on pay-per-view for $44.95. Corrales’ World Boxing Council and World Boxing Organization lightweight belts are at stake. “The big change is that if it is an intentional spit-out, then it is considered an intentional foul and it is a 2-point deduction,’ said Marc Ratner, executive director of the commission. Previously, this was not considered an intentional foul. A referee could only deduct one point. Wait. There’s more. Ratner said that trainers will no longer be able to take their time getting a mouthpiece back into a fighter’s mouth. Before Corrales-Castillo I, a trainer was allowed to wash off the mouthpiece that fell out. Plenty of trainers have taken advantage of that. Joe Goossen, who trains Corrales, wasn’t messing around, but he wasn’t exactly hurrying to get the mouthpiece back into Corrales’ mouth last May. center_img Since both knockdowns severely hurt Corrales, especially the second one, the extra seconds he received each time for having dispatched his mouthpiece could have saved him from being knocked out. Corrales and Castillo square off in a much-anticipated rematch Saturday at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Because of the mouthpiece controversy in the first fight, some policies have been added to the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. last_img read more

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