SOURCE: Blackout Media Corp.

May 23, 2006 11:44 ET

Blackout Media Corp.'s -- The Fight Network Presents Coralles vs. Castillo 3, on PPV in Canada June 3rd

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2006 -- Blackout Media Corp.'s (PINKSHEETS: BKMP) The Fight Network Inc. announces today that it has secured the rights to present Coralles vs. Castillo 3 on Pay-Per-View in Canada for Saturday June 3rd on Viewers Choice as part of Fight Network, "Fight Night PPV Series." Fight Network will also air on its own channel Coralles vs. Castillo one and two, leading up to the third encounter between these formidable rivals set for June 3rd.

"Boxing fans around the world know this fight is going to be something special," said Brian Sobie Sr. VP of Programming for The Fight Network. "Which is why we are very excited to be the ones to deliver this epic trilogy exclusively in Canada in what promises to be a can't miss event," he added.

Fight Network will begin to air Coralles vs. Castillos 1 and 2 beginning May 28th which will be followed by Fight Network in-depth news coverage of the third fight from Las Vegas beginning June 2nd with Fight Network's own host Ryan Bennett and boxing experts Doug Fisher and Steve Kim from maxboxing.com.

On Saturday June 3rd the world's most talented and courageous lightweights will collide in their eagerly awaited rubber match for Corrales' World Boxing Council (WBC) title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Coralles vs. Castillos available in Canada on Viewers Choice Pay View Presented by The Fight Network. The event will be priced in Canada at $24.99

Then on June 4th tune back into Fight Network for a complete analysis breakdown of the entire card from Las Vegas.

Fighters History courtesy of Showtime Championship Boxing:

Diego "Chico" Corrales (40-3, 33 KOs) won the historic first bout against Castillo -- and the near-unanimous 2005 Fight of the Year -- when he dramatically rallied from the brink of defeat to register a memorable 10th-round TKO to unify the title and capture the WBC lightweight belt on May 7, 2005.

Jose Luis Castillo (54-7-1, 47 KOs) won the brief, but brutal sequel on Oct. 8, also at Thomas & Mack, with an impressive and sudden fourth-round knockout. Despite losing the rematch, Corrales came away with both his world title belts because Castillo failed to make the 135-pound limit and one of his camp members was caught trying to tamper with the scale at the weigh-in.

"I feel fine. My rib is fine," Corrales said. "I would be lying if I said I was not thinking about Castillo and whether he can make 135 pounds, but I have to prepare as if he will make the weight easily and be at full strength.

"What has happened in the past is history. We have each won once. Now, it comes down to who wins on June 3. I respect Castillo and I think he respects me, but it is time to get down to business one more time. This is what boxing is all about. I cannot wait for June 3.''

Said Castillo: "I said after our last fight that if they wanted to make this like the 'Rocky' movie series, I did not care. I will fight Corrales five or six times. I am not worried about the weight, or making the weight. It won't be easy, but I will do it.

"Corrales comes forward and wants to fight. I love his style. On June 3, we will give the fans another great fight.''

Corrales, of Sacramento, Calif., captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 135-pound crown with a 10th-round TKO over defending champion Acelino Freitas Aug. 7, 2004, on SHOWTIME. A two-time world champion at 130 pounds, Corrales won the vacant WBO belt with a 12-round split decision over Joel Casamayor March 6, 2004, on SHOWTIME. Corrales won his first world title with a seventh-round TKO over defending IBF champion Robert Garcia Oct. 23, 1999, on SHOWTIME.

Castillo, of Sonora, Mexico, won the WBC 135-pound belt the first time with a 12-round majority decision over Steve Johnston on June 17, 2000. Following three successful defenses, he lost the title and a subsequent rematch to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in April and December of 2002. Castillo regained the WBC belt with a 12-round unanimous decision over Juan Lazcano on June 5, 2004. Castillo is coming off an easy 12-round unanimous decision over Rolando Reyes, who replaced Corrales, on Feb. 4.

About The Fight Network.:

The Fight Network is a cross-platform media company with interest in television, radio, print and online content offerings. The Fight Network is the first and only all combatant sports and entertainment channel that delivers the very best in boxing, pro wrestling, mixed martial arts, and other combatant styles, along with top-notch "fight theme" movies, documentaries and news 24 hours a day. For more details on The Fight Network please visit: www.thefightnetwork.com

About Viewers Choice.:

Viewers Choice is a pay-per-view service available to all cable providers and Star Choice Direct-to-Home satellite service across Canada.

Viewers Choice offers convenient, commercial-free, in home viewing of hit movies, live championship sporting events, concerts and many other special events on an à la carte basis across Eastern Canada. Viewers Choice Pay Per View offers 46 channels of near video-on-demand programming available 24 hours a day. Viewers Choice Canada Inc. is an Astral Media Pay Per View network (50.1%); Rogers Pay Per View Inc. (24.95%); and CTV Specialty Television Enterprises Inc. (24.95%). Visit www.viewerschoice.ca.

Astral Media is one of Canada's leading media companies, active in specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio and outdoor advertising. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com

About Blackout Media Corp.:

Blackout Media Corp. is a holding company with an interest in Blackout Communications who is a diversified media and entertainment company conducting operations in digital television, VOD, PPV, radio the Internet and print under the brand name "The Fight Network." The activities of Blackout Media Corp. are conducted principally in Canada and the United States.

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