posted on Mar, 7 2004 @ 05:55 PM
Associated Press - March 7, 2004
MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut (AP) - Diego Corrales won a 12-round split decision over Cuban-born Joel Casamayor on Saturday to take the World Boxing
Organization super featherweight title.
Judges Don O'Neill and Julie Lederman scored it 115-113 for Corrales. Judge Steve Weisfeld scored it 114-113 for Casamayor.
Corrales avenged a loss last year to Casamayor.
``I'm back and I can box,'' Corrales said. ``It was my jab that won the fight.''
After the opening round, in which Casamayor landed one good combination, Corrales controlled the rest of the bout with a jab and timely body shots.
Casamayor landed a left hand in round 10 that sent Corrales to the canvas. A dazed Corrales made it to his feet, survived another onslaught and
finished the round.
Corrales came back strong in Round 11, landing a strong right hand. All three judges scored Round 11 for Corrales.
Casamayor won the 12th round on two of the judges' cards.
Casamayor, 32, previously held the WBA super featherweight title. He made four successful title defenses before losing a unanimous decision to Acelino
Freitas in January 2002.
While angling for another fight with Freitas, Casamayor won four previous bouts before losing the rematch to Corrales.
Corrales, 26, once held the IBF super featherweight title. He had a 33-0 record until a match with Floyd Mayweather, who scored a TKO in the 12th
Corrales rebounded to win his next four fights before losing to Casamayor for the first time in October of 2003.
Also on the card at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mark ``Too Sharp'' Johnson put his WBO super flyweight title on the line against top-ranked contender Luis