I thought it was a joke but jokes like this never get stickied.
I am really chocked up about this.
Former two-division world champion Diego "Chico" Corrales, who lived as hard as he fought, died in a mororcycle crash Monday night in Las Vegas.
"He crashed on a motorcycle. It don't look like he made it through this," manager James Prince told ESPN.com as he was arriving on the scene. "He's dead."
Corrales' promoter Gary Shaw told The Associated Press that Corrales was driving his motorcycle at a high rate of speed when he ran into the back of a car about 10 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.
"He's laying there as we speak with a helmet on his head under a sheet," Shaw told AP. "It appears he was thrown a great distance."
Shaw also said Corrales had recently bought a racing motorcycle, which he was apparently riding at the time he was killed.
Las Vegas police spokesman Jose Montoya told AP that the victim in the accident was wearing a helmet, and it was not known if drugs or alcohol was involved.
"No tests have been done. We're still investigating," Montoya said.
Corrales, 29, will be remembered as one of the fiercest fighters of his era, a never-say-die warrior who thrilled legions of fans with several action-packed fights.
Although Corrales claimed four world titles in his career, two at junior lightweight and two at lightweight, he will be remembered most for his stunning come-from-behind knockout of Jose Luis Castillo on May 7, 2005, to unify lightweight titles in a fight hailed as one of the greatest in boxing history.
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.