Castillo retires after undercard loss

Jose Luis Castillo, a former two-time champion who was part of

one of boxing’s greatest fights, quit on his stool after the fifth

round Saturday against Alfonso Gomez and promptly announced his

retirement.

Castillo, who has battled weight issues for years, landed just

47 punches before telling the referee after the fifth round that he

wanted no more of Gomez. He then said he was done fighting after a

career that spanned 71 bouts.

“I just found out tonight I don’t have it anymore,” Castillo

said. “I want to apologize to the public and I am definitely

announcing my retirement.”

Castillo was fighting on the undercard of the Manny

Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight at Cowboy Stadium, the kind of event

he might have headlined in his prime. But he looked nothing like

the fighter who engaged in a memorable brawl with Diego Corrales

five years ago that lives in boxing lore.

He landed just about half of the punches that Gomez landed, and

was on his way to a lopsided loss when he decided to quit, ending

his career at the age of 36.

Castillo, a former lightweight and junior welterweight champion

from Mexico, hadn’t fought on a top level since a knockout loss to

Ricky Hatton three years ago. He finished with a 60-10-1 career

mark.

Gomez, who improved to 22-4-2, expressed admiration for his

countryman.

“I respect Castillo a lot. He has given us all entertaining

fights,” Gomez said.

Also on the undercard, former super featherweight champion

Humberto Soto won a piece of the lightweight title in just his

second fight at 135 pounds with a unanimous decision over David

Diaz.

Soto knocked Diaz down in the first round and dominated the

fight on his way to the win for the WBC version of the title. He

also dropped Soto late in the final round, but he got up just as

the bell sounded to end the fight.

Diaz was a former lightweight champion who lost his title when

he was stopped in the ninth round by Pacquiao in June 2008.

In another fight, John Duddy of Ireland improved to 29-1 with a

split decision win at middleweight over Mexico’s Michael Medina.

Duddy won by three points on two scorecards, and lose by three

points on the third.