Ice Promotions officials announced today that DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) will meet Harrison Cuello (18-11-3, 14 KOs) in the eight-round co-Main Event at the live boxing card featuring Jimmy Lange scheduled for September 26, 2009 at the Patriot Center. The hard-hitting Dominican-born Cuello now fighting out of Albany, NY is stepping in as a solid replacement for Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller who suffered a broken rib in training camp last week and had to pull out of the anticipated fight.
A Washington, D.C. native and former WBO world champion, Corley is making his first area appearance since 2004. Looking to get back onto the national scene, he has recorded four wins in his last five fights, earning an eight-round TKO victory over Kenyan James Kimori in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 15, 2009.
Corley has traveled the globe and competed against the world’s best lightweights such as Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Junior Witter, Randal Bailey and Devon Alexandria during his professional career that began in 1996. The tough southpaw, who captured the WBO jr welterweight belt with a stunning first-round TKO over Felix Flores on June 30, 2001 in Las Vegas, NV, has won four of his last five fights, recording an eight-round TKO victory over Kenyan James Kimori in Astana, Kazakhstan on August 15, 2009. He has not fought in his hometown area since December 12, 2004 when he defeated Darryll Tyson at the Washington Convention Center.
Corley trains alongside Lange at Don Turner’s boxing camp in Arapahoe, NC. Two of his eight children, 11-year old DeMario and eight-year old DeJon, are following in their father’s footsteps and currently compete as amateur boxers in the D.C. area.
An active fighter, Cuello lost to undefeated Ray Robinson in his last fight this past July, his sixth fight of 2009. He fought Mike Arnaoutis for the vacant USBA light welterweight title, dropping a 12-round decision back in 2008. Cuello and Corley share a common opponent in Randall Bailey. Cuello lost to Bailey last year for the IBA Intercontinental light welterweight title, while Corley split his two fights with the heavy puncher including winning the WBO belt in front of a hometown crowd at the DC Armory.
Presented by Valcourt Building Services, “Saturday Night Fights” features WBC USNBC champion and Northern Virginia fan favorite Jimmy Lange defending his title against former “Contender” teammate Jonathan Reid in the 12-round Main Event. Other beltway boxers slated to compete on the card include Bayan Jargal, Jennifer Salinas, Tony Jeter, Tracy Brewer, Barry Trotter, Keith Gross, Kendrick Walker and Alexander Johnson.
Doors open at 6:30pm with the first fight set for 7:30pm. Tickets, priced at $30, $60, $85, $100, $125, $200, $300 and $500 (plus applicable service charges), can be purchased through Ticketmaster by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com, calling 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Patriot Center box office. Discount tickets are available at LA Boxing gyms in Chantilly, Herndon/Reston and Woodbridge; call 703-263-7629 for details. Visit www.ipboxing.com for event updates and news.