Showtime Championship Boxing Replay

Corrales vs. Castillo

Marquez vs. Polo




Showtime Championship Boxing will rebroadcast the lightweight unification title bout between Diego

Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo and the IBF/WBA featherweight title bout between Juan Manuel

Marquez and Victor Polo later tonight (Friday, the 13th of May) at 11pm ET \ PT.



Results and Post Fight Press Release Below




In the leading candidate for Fight of the Year, Corrales comes from way back to dramatically TKO Castillo

in a Sensational World Lightweight Title Fight Unification; Marquez easily outpoints Polo to retain IBF \ WBA

126-pound Titles on a Showtime Championship Boxing doubleheader from the Mandalay Bay Resort &

Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Exciting Bouts Will Be Replayed On Showtime On Friday, May 13, At 11 PM ET/PT



LAS VEGAS (May 7, 2005) - Diego "Chico'' Corrales' incredible, dramatic 10th-round TKO over Jose Luis

Castillo Saturday on SHOWTIME may end up as the 2005 Fight of the Year. The 10th could very well be the

2005 Round of  the Year. The manner in which Corrales rallied after going down twice earlier in the 11th to

finish off Castillo may earn him the 2005 Fighter of the Year award. Or, quite possibly, a non-stop,

memorable, action-packed world lightweight title unification slugfest that not only lived up to but exceeded its

lofty expectations will finish with all 2005's top honors.


Corrales (40-2, 33 KOs), of Las Vegas by way of Sacramento, Calif., who entered the ring as the World

Boxing Organization (WBO) 135-pound champion, came from the absolute brink of defeat to take Castillo's

World Boxing Council (WBC) crown. The referee stopped a sensational, brutal battle in which the two most

talented 135-pound boxers on the planet gave as much as they took at 2:06. Corrales was leading on two of

three scorecards entering the 10th (87-84 and 86-85), but he went down from a left hook 25 seconds in the

round. Less than a minute later, Corrales hit the deck again from a left hook. Like after the first knockdown,

he lost his mouthpiece. This time, however, the referee took away a point. But the extra time Corrales got

may have made the difference in a controversial finish.


Castillo (52-7, 46 KOs), of Sonora, Mexico, was ahead on one of the scorecards (87-84) going into the 10th.

With knockdowns and the penalty point, he had the round won, by at least a 10-6 score. But ever the

warrior, Castillo continued to press the action and got caught and hurt by a right hook. Backed against the

ropes, Castillo continued to take punches without answering back, and the referee, Tony Weeks, stepped in

and stopped it.


In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, International

Boxing Federation/World Boxing Association (IBF/WBA) Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez

retained his titles with a lopsided 12-round decision over Victor Polo. The world championship doubleheader

aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast) and was co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, Top

Rank, Inc., and Banner Promotions.


Marquez (44-2-1, 33 KOs), of Mexico City, Mexico, dropped Polo with a right hand in the seventh round en

route to winning by the scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109. In a masterful performance, the accurate-

punching Marquez was effective with both hands as he improved to 15-0-1 in his last 16 starts. It was the

defending champion's first fight since Sept. 18, 2004, when he recorded a 12-round decision over Orlando

Salido. The only time Marquez has not exited a ring triumphant since Sept. 11, 1999, came when he rallied

from three first-round knockdowns and a broken nose to earn a disputed draw against Manny Pacquiao on

May 8, 2004.


Polo (34-5-3, 24 KOs), of Bolivar, Colombia, had some success from long range, but the lanky southpaw

could not land more than one punch at a time. A perennial contender who has fought at or around 126

pounds throughout his lengthy career, Polo falls to 0-4-1 in world title fights.


SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING's Steve Albert and Al Bernstein called the action from ringside with

Jim Gray serving as roving reporter. The executive producer of the SHOWTIME telecast was Jay Larkin,

with David Dinkins producing and Bob Dunphy directing.


The next SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast is Saturday, June 4. at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on

the West Coast. In a match-up that has the makings of a classic, Kostya "The Thunder Down Under"

Tszyu (31-1, 25 KOs, 1 ND), who is universally recognized as boxing's premier 140-pounder, will defend his

IBF crown against the undefeated, enormously popular hometown favorite, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton

(38-0, 28 KOs) in Manchester, England.


For information on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING and "ShoBox: The New Generation" telecasts,

including complete fighter bios and records, related stories and more, please go the SHOWTIME website at


- Press Release issued by Showtime with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)