Clottey Over Corrales In 12rd UD!!!

Supersized Corrales Shows A Down-Side Effort Tonight’s HBO portion of the Saturday Boxing double feature was a great fight to watch but unfortunately in the welterweight debut for Diego Corrales (40W-5L-30KO’s) apparently size didn’t really matter. After spending years of his boxing career at the 130lb and 135lb divisions, Corrales finally decided to stop starving himself to shrink his 6′ tall frame and chose to go up two weight classes and like we’ve seen with so many other great fighters, his power didn’t seem to travel with him. He spent most of the night very aggressive, shooting combinations and quick jabs but his effort was not quite enough as the ‘granite’ chin of Joshua Clottey and the handspeed combined was the perfect neutralizer. Most questioned how Corrales would look at the elevated weight and that question was answered in more ways than one. Unfortunately as one question was answered another came about as he and his camp now has to wonder what is best for him and his future. His frame is too large to continue to stay at the 130/135lb level, but his power doesn’t seem up to part to make him a contender at the 147lb level. His opponent tonight was a very strong one and he wasn’t even ranked inside the top 10 so that doesn’t bode well for a man trying to take part in what is easily the deepest weight class in Boxing. The welterweight class currently boast the likes of Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Antonio Margarito, and Paul Williams, not to mention P4P Champ Floyd Mayweather who still owns the division strap. Not a great division to try to conquer for a man who’s power seems to be clearly south of this division’s border. Perhaps he can consider the 140lb class but many of the same fighters dwell in that range with the addition of Brit Ricky Hatton. Only time will tell. ****Key Notes: Official Score Cards Were As Follows…97-90/98-89/100-87….12rd Unanimous Decision For Joshua Clottey****

About Tim Starks

Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.