This Day in Atlantic City Boxing History – Diego Corrales Makes His Only Appearance in an AC Boxing Ring.

Written by Rob Scott
Photographs by Rob Scott

Five Bout Card Featuring the Return of Corrales

Atlantic City –  January 25, 2003 –  On this date Gary Shaw Productions, along with Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino and Showtime television, brought to Atlantic City a five bout card headlined by Sharmba Mitchell vs. Carlos Wilfredo Vilches, but also featured the return of the blood and guts warrior, Diego “Chico” Corrales.


A Long-Awaited Reappearance

Corrales, 33-1 (27KOs), took on Michael Davis, 23-13 (9KOs), in what was his first appearance in a boxing ring in just over two years. It was also his very first bout since his heart breaking tenth round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2001.

Back in a Major Way

Overcoming in and out of ring setbacks, Corrales got right back in the ring and scored an exciting fifth round TKO for the people watching live in the Ballys Ballroom, as well as the Showtime viewing audience.

The main event for the evening saw Sharmba Mitchell, 50-3 (28KOs), make quick work of Carlos Wilfredo Vilches, 38-2-2 (24KOs), scoring a second round TKO in a bout that was scheduled for twelve. The bout was an IBF eliminator to determine the #2 contender for their 140lb belt.

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