AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bob Arum, who promotes Castillo, on Sunday scoffed at the notion Castillo purposely came in heavy. Arum said Castillo suffered a rib injury 2 weeks before the fight. It caused him to break camp for five days, something Arum said he knew nothing about at the time. “I’m saying that 90 percent of American fighters would have pulled out of the fight,” Arum said. “That guy had cartilage damage in his ribs. If anything, I give him a hell of a lot of credit for his courage.” Arum said he has no doubt the injury occurred. He said Jorge Arce, another Mexican fighter on Saturday’s card, confirmed it. “It is absolutely true,” Arum said. There was a rematch clause in Saturday’s contract for another fight should Castillo win. Gary Shaw, who promotes Corrales, said the third bout would have to be at 135. Arum, however, said he would have a nutritionist check out Castillo to make sure it is safe for him to again fight at that weight. There were more than a few observers who thought Jose Luis Castillo did not make weight on purpose Friday, so as to come into the ring Saturday for his rematch with Diego Corrales the stronger man. After all, the 5-foot-11 Corrales worked hard to make 135 pounds, the lightweight limit, but Castillo came in 3 pounds over. Knowing that Castillo, of Mexico, has had difficulty making 135 in recent years, it makes sense. Sure, doing this meant he would have no chance to take Corrales’ two lightweight title belts. But if it meant Castillo had a better chance of winning Saturday instead of again being knocked out, as he was in May by Corrales in the 10th round of a great fight, why not? The end result Saturday was a fourth-round knockout by Castillo. The left hook he dropped on Corrales that ended the fight has to be one of the all-time great punches. “Nobody is ducking a rematch,” Arum said, “but until I find out that 135 pounds is a safe weight, I’m not going to go ahead with it at 135 pounds.” While Shaw and others were looking for excuses for Corrales’ devastating defeat, Corrales was not one of them. “I’m not going to muck up his win,” Corrales said at the post-fight news conference. “I’m not even going to entertain that there was an unfair advantage tonight. I’m not going to destroy what this man worked for. He went out there, did a good job and I congratulate Jose Luis Castillo. “I give him his due. I didn’t want my win destroyed last time; I won’t destroy his.” Showtime will replay the fight Saturday at 9 p.m. Mora-Manfredo rematch: Sergio Mora of Los Angeles and Peter Manfredo Jr. will square off Saturday at Staples Center in a rematch of their championship fight in NBC’s reality series “The Contender,” held in May at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mora, who is 16-0 with only three knockouts, won $1 million for winning a unanimous decision over Manfredo. Manfredo, of Providence, R.I., is 24-2 with 10 knockouts. He entered the 16-man reality show as the only ranked fighter. ESPN will televise the event at 8 p.m. Meanwhile, “The Contender” has been picked up for a second season by ESPN. The network, in conjunction with Mark Burnett Productions and Dreamworks, will begin open casting calls starting Friday in Los Angeles. For more information, call 866-480-7300. Palomino on stage: Hall of Famer Carlos Palomino, former world welterweight champion turned actor, is currently performing on stage in “Requiem for a Heavyweight” at Theatre West in West Hollywood. It opened last weekend and will run through Dec. 17. It will be performed weekly Thursday through Sunday. For information, call (323) 851-7977. Robert Morales covers boxing for the Daily News. He can be reached at (626) 962-8811 or [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!