Bernstein, Weeks reflect on Castillo-Corrales
A classic fight tonight airs on Showtime tonight as they are airing Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales both I & II starting tonight at 10 p.m. ET.
For those who haven’t read up on this site, the first one is, without a doubt, one of my favorite fights that I wrote about for here last May. If you want the spoilers on how that turned out, go ahead and read what I wrote here.
Al Bernstein, Showtime’s long-reigning boxing analyst, recalls Corrales-Castillo as the best fight he has called from ringside during his 40-year broadcasting career in an interview with Keith Idec of Boxingscene.com.
“I think the thing that differentiates that fight from so many others is it was fought at a very high skill level, and yet it was wildly exciting,” Bernstein told BoxingScene.com in an interview recalling the fight. “Using the Gatti-Ward fight as an example – it was a great fight, but it wasn’t fought at as high a skill level as this particular fight. In Corrales-Castillo, both guys were hurt at various points in the first nine rounds.
Here's what Joe Goossen, Al Bernstein & Tony Weeks told me about the incredible Corrales-Castillo fight. Showtime will air it again tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. https://t.co/xWpfkhLXcC
— Keith Idec (@Idecboxing) April 10, 2020
The referee calling that contest Tony Weeks recanted to Boxingscene a similar tone of the fight.
“What I remember from that fight is round after round, it was the same action,” Weeks said. “Back and forth, back and forth, both fighters taking an equal amount of punishment and dishing it out. Tremendous power, tremendous accuracy. They both went to war, toe-to-toe, and were willing to pay the price.”
Weeks added, “That fight will be with me for the rest of my life. Occasionally, I go back and look at it. Not only what I did in it, but what the two fighters did in that fight. It’s an inspiration.”
The fight is ranked 9th in Men’s Journal on their list as “Greatest Boxing Matches of All-Time and “Showtime is giving us the honors of re-airing during this time there aren’t any live sporting events due to the pandemic. I implore you to check this one out tonight if you hadn’t seen it in a while or back when it was announced as Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine back in 2005.