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Friday, January 13, 2006

Corrales Injures Rib in Training, Rubber Match with Castillo Postponed 

When the third fight between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo was announced as being scheduled for Feb. 4, 2006, many boxing observers just shook their heads. These two had fought their first classic war last May, a certain to be named 2005 Fight of the Year, with a brutal rematch held in October. Many asked why these two would have to do it all again so soon, the third time in just nine months. It was like asking for trouble, with the memory of the late Leavander Johnson still fresh in everyone's minds.

As a sort of validation of those fears, it was revealed Friday afternoon that Diego Corrales has suffered an injury to his ribs while training, and the Feb. 4 date for his fight with Castillo has been postponed. Corrales's promoter Gary Shaw said in a press release posted below that he hopes to reschedule this fight for the late spring, probably meaning May or June so it can appear on Showtime on their monthly shows the first Saturday of each month.

Here is that press release:

CORRALES' TRAINING INJURY POSTPONES CASTILLO - CORRALES III UNTIL SPRING

CASTILLO LOOKING FOR NEW OPPONENT

RESEDA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2006) - Lightweight champion Diego "Chico" Corrales suffered a rib injury while training this week forcing the postponement of his world title defense rematch against José Luis Castillo. Castillo-Corrales III, promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions, was scheduled to take place Saturday, Feb. 4, and televised live on SHOWTIME from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Bob Arum and Gary Shaw announced that they are looking for a new opponent to fight Castillo on Feb. 4.

"Chico hurt his ribs in sparring earlier this week," said promoter Gary Shaw. "He tried to fight through it, for a day or two before getting examined by a doctor late Thursday, who prescribed no training for the next three weeks to allow the injury to completely heal. Bob Arum and I will sit down with Showtime and discuss a new date for this fight, but we are confident it can be rescheduled for later in the spring."

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