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