“Diego being inducted into the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame means the world to us knowing that the city where it all began is recognizing his contributions to the sport of Boxing. It’s a dream come true. Diego was always so proud to say he was from Sacramento. Thank you for this wonderful recognition.” - Michelle Corrales-Lewis
(wife of Diego Corrales, deceased)
High School: Hiram Johnson
* 5 Time World Champion
* IBF, WBC, WBO Super Featherweight Champion
* WBO, WBC Lightweight Champion
* The Ring & Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fight of the Year Award
* Career Record: 40-5, 33 KO
Known as one greatest power punchers, Diego “Chico” Corrales was raised in the Oak Park area of Sacramento and trained at the Sacramento Police Athletic League Boxing Gym. He compiled an amateur record of 105-12. He took second place at the United States Amateur Championships and was a bronze medalist in the 1995 Pam American Games.
After turning pro, Corrales won his first 33 fights, 30 coming by way of knockout. On October 23, 1999, he won the IBF super featherweight title by defeating the previously unbeaten Roberto Garcia. He defended it four times including a marquee win against Angel Manfredy that ended with a third round KO.
On January 20, 2001, Diego hit the world spotlight in facing pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather. Both were undefeated in one of the most anticipated match ups of all time. Corrales lost that bout but he quickly regrouped with four consecutive victories. He had two battles with Joe Casamoyer. The second was a wild split decision victory. He then knocked out four time World Champion, Acelino Freitas, who came into the bout 35-0.
After that the stage was set for one of greatest fights of all time. Corrales fought the first of two bouts with Jose Luis Castillo. The fight was The Ring and Boxing Writers Association of America’s Fight of the year in 2005. It was also HBO’s Fight of the Year and Fight of the Decade. Diego knocked Castillo out in the 10th round after being down twice himself in one of the most exciting rounds in the history of the sport.
Two years to the day he defeated Castillo, Diego died in a three-vehicle accident near his Las Vegas home. He was riding a motorcycle while attempting to pass another vehicle at high speed. He struck the back of the car and was immediately knocked off his bike and hit the ground. Diego will always be remembered for his exciting fighting style and passion; and being one of the great boxing champions in the long standing tradition of great Sacramento fighters.