NEW YORK (Aug. 1, 2005) - Sensational news, fight fans: a replay of the Fight of the Year between Diego Chico Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo will be shown Saturday on SHOWTIME.
The memorable, epic slugfest many regard as the greatest fight of all-time â€“ Corrales rallied from the absolute brink of defeat to register a dramatic 10th-round TKO in the world lightweight title unification bout â€“ will open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Corrales will defend his World Boxing Council/World Boxing Organization (WBC/WBO) 135-pound titles in an eagerly anticipated rematch with Castillo on Saturday, Oct. 8, on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
Following the replay, stay tuned for one of the most fearsome punchers in all of boxing when undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy (19-0, 15 KOs) of St. Petersburg, Fla., takes on former world champion and current International Boxing Organization (IBO) super middleweight kingpin, Robin Reid (38-4-1, 27 KOs) of Runcorn, England. Many consider Reid the most dangerous opponent to date for the young, hard hitting Lacy.
Lacy, who has battled opponents in nine different states, as well as England and Wales, will fight in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a pro when he makes his third and toughest title defense to date against Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. It will be the exciting Lacyâ€™s thirteenth appearance on SHOWTIME.
Reid, a former WBC 168-pound champion, is 4-3 in world title fights. Two of the defeats came on controversial 12-round decisions. One came against Joe Calzaghe. The other came against Sven Ottke.