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Old 05-09-2007, 03:25 PM   #1
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EX Boxing Champ Killed in Motorcycle Crash

World Boxing Champ, Diego Corrales, Dies in Motorcycle Crash
By Dylan Vox

On the edge was the only way former world champion boxer Diego "Chico" Corrales wanted to live, and he did so until the end of his life. Friends and family say they were not surprised by the sudden death of the young boxer who passed away this week after a high-speed motorcycle wreck.

The accident occurred on the streets of Las Vegas where Corrales who is originally from Sacramento California called home. He had recently purchased a new motorcycle and was trying to pass a car at a high speed down a residential street. According to the police who responded to the accident call, he rammed into the back of another stopped car and was thrown from the bike. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Although it did not appear that the 29 year old had been drinking or doing drugs, it will take a few weeks before a full toxicology is available.

Corrales’ former trainer, Joe Goossen told the San Francisco Chronicle, "I think anyone who knew him well knew he was a real thrill-seeker." Corellas left Goossen last October after accumulating three world tittles under his tutelage. Corrales’ promoter Gary Shaw agreed with Goossen’s assessment adding, “He fought recklessly and he lived recklessly. That was his style.”

Correles career included 40 wins and only 5 losses. His first losing bout came at the hands of current welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather in 2001. He did win both the super featherweight and lightweight world boxing championships.

"Diego was a class person who we were very fond of," said Bob Arum who is a top promoter who has worked with Oscar De La Hoya, and Evander Holyfield. "Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Michelle, and the rest of his family."

A memoriam will be held this week in memory of the fallen boxer.
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