Corrales Tops Castellanos

By Marc Livitz on July 15, 2017
Corrales Tops Castellanos
Robinson Castellanos is an archetypal fighter from Mexico. (Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Jezreel Corrales found Robinson Castellanos to be a very tough nut to crack on Saturday night in Los Angeles…

Jezreel Corrales found Robinson Castellanos to be a very tough nut to crack on Saturday night in Los Angeles. The Panamanian champion was able to dig his way out a two knockdown hole and defend his WBA Super World super featherweight title as part of the co-main event of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” If only the evening had gone as described, then fight fans would be talking about his next title defense and not a rematch. The contest was a very tight one indeed until an accidental clash of heads in the opening half minute of round ten closed the show.

Castellanos (24-13, 14 KO’s) of course was thrust into the boxing spotlight two months ago when he made Yuriorkis Gamboa quit after seven rounds in Las Vegas one night before Canelo Alvarez shut out Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.

Robinson Castellanos is an archetypal fighter from Mexico. He’s one who may have double digit losses on his record, yet he’ll show up at a moment’s notice to earn a hard night’s pay. The unorthodox, loosey-goosey southpaw style he encountered in Corrales (22-1, 8 KO’s) didn’t seem to faze him one bit. He patiently looked for him in the opening rounds and caught an inadvertent clash of heads that opened a cut on his forehead in round two. The man from Guanajuato state was able to catch Jezreel with a two-punch combination in the initial seconds of round four to send “El Invisible” to the canvas. Shortly afterward, a well timed right hook thrown as Corrales was in a crouched position gave him a second knockdown to his credit.

As the blood caked on his forehead, he was having a good seventh until a straight left from Corrales sent him to the canvas, although he’d blocked the punch. He’d actually hit himself.

An accidental, brutal head butt halted the fight just thirty seconds into the tenth. The awful gash which appeared under Robinson’s right eye caused referee Jerry Cantu to ask the ringside doctor for advice. The bout was stopped, so the scorecards up to that point, including the thirty elapsed seconds of the tenth would determine the winner.

Pat Russell scored it 96-92, Carla Caiz saw it 94-93 and Zac Young tallied a score of 94-94 to award the majority decision win to Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales. Final statistics according to CompuBox read as follows: Total punches - Corrales 122/506, Castellanos 135/414. Jabs - Corrales 19/169, Castellanos 19/62. Power Punches - Corrales 103/337, Castellanos 116/352.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:48am, 07/16/2017

    Relieved that I didn’t make it over to William Hill’s Sports Book yesterday afternoon….one too many salt licks and lime squeezes if you get my drift.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:17am, 07/16/2017

    The rule that requires a thirty second round to be scored is bullshit….haven’t seen the cards but the tenth probably went to the head butter. The fight would have been a draw otherwise which was the least Robinson deserved.

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