Ex-Boxing Champ Dies in Crash

By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2007 7:16 AM CDT
Casino in Las Vegas in this Oct. 5, 2006 file photo. Corrales, who won titles in two weight classes and was involved in one of the most memorable fights in recent times, died Monday, May 7, 2007 in a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Diego "Chico" Corrales, a former boxing world champion, died last night in a Las Vegas motorcycle crash. Two years to the day before his death at 29, Corrales unified lightweight titles with a come-from-behind knockout of Jose Luis Castillo. "That fight with Jose Luis Castillo will be remembered by many forever," said Corrales' promoter, Gary Shaw.

"He lived on the edge," Shaw said of Corrales (40-5, 33 KOs), who had been boxing since he was 3. "All we know is that he was riding on his bike, and they say he was going 100 mph and hit the back of a car," said Jin Mosley, a friend of Corrales' wife, Michelle, who is six months pregnant.