Diego “Chico’’ Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo are signed, sealed and ready to deliver once again LIVE on SHOWTIME on Saturday, June 3 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The world’s most talented and courageous lightweights will collide in their eagerly awaited rubber match for Corrales’ WBC title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 12-round world title bout will be co-promoted by Top Rank, Inc., and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas.
DIEGO CORRALES (40-3, 33 KOs)
“Castillo says this is like thunder and lightning, and he is the thunder. But thunder is noise. Lightning is action. Lightning destroys tress and houses. This June 3 is the last time you will see Castillo and I together. Castillo will not have to go far to see me. I will be right in front of him.
“I am not making excuses for how our last fight ended, but I am still not convinced who the best lightweight in the world is. But I know for sure Castillo is going to make the weight this time, even if it means we sit around all day waiting for him.
“I think the respite has done me good. I feel great, and am looking forward to another great fight. Who wouldn’t want to watch us go at it again -- whether it is in person, or on SHOWTIME?
“I hate to lose – even if I am playing video games. The fans know I am going to give it 100 percent, and that Castillo will do the same.’’
JOSE LUIS CASTILLO (54-7-1, 47 KOs)
“It will not be easy, but I will definitely make the weight this time. Just knowing that this, finally, will be my last fight at 135 has given me motivation. Everyone I have fought has moved up in weight, except me. I am sticking strictly to a special diet and working very hard. I promised myself that I would make the weight.
“Corrales’ people keep saying that I did not make the weight last time on purpose. But I was hurt, and lost 12 days of training due to the injury. If they thought I had such a big advantage, they had the choice of whether to fight me or not.
“I would like to thank Corrales for being such a great fighter and for two great fights. We have made history together. If he comes to fight and not box – like the rumor I have heard – we will have another great fight.’’
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