Originally published 8/11/04 in print via The Resident
Corrales Thumps Freitas in Ten;
Brazilians Face Rough Night in Connecticut Woods
By Alex Pierpaoli
On Saturday August seventh, Sacramento’s Diego “Chico” Corrales stopped Acelino “Popo” Freitas at 1:24 of round ten of a 12 round contest for Freitas’ WBO Lightweight title at Foxwoods Casino. Freitas, who had boxed brilliantly over the first five rounds, gave up after being dropped a third time in the fight by a hard Corrales right hand. After beating Ref. Mike Ortega’s count, Freitas looked for guidance to his corner and then to Ortega before waving his gloved right fist in a dismissive gesture of surrender. A native of Salvador Brazil, Freitas heard his supporters’ cheers turn quickly to boos and catcalls after he retired, and the now once defeated Freitas left the arena quickly without granting Showtime’s Jim Gray a post-fight interview. Popo Freitas was just one of the three Brazilians on the card who fell victim to knockout losses in the Foxwoods Bingo Hall which was packed with a sell-out crowd of area Brazilians.
Going into the night’s main event, both Corrales and Freitas were considered the best punchers pound-for-pound by most boxing experts, considering both fighters’ records featured numerous highlight reel quality knockouts. Freitas had recently been fighting in a more elusive and careful role, a departure from his younger days as a wild swinging puncher. In January of this year Freitas won a one-sided decision over Italian Artur Grigorian down the hall at Foxwoods in their Fox Theater, the normal venue for boxing at the Connecticut casino. In that fight Freitas employed lots of lateral movement and leaping in behind power punches to beat Grigorian, securing himself the WBO 135 pound title in the process.
So when the bell rang to start round one and Freitas was up on his toes and moving, firing right hand leads at the head of Corrales, it was not surprising that the Brazilian Continue reading