Former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley is confident that he can beat Selcuk Aydin tomorrow (Friday, September 27th) in Tekirdag (Turkey) for the vacant WBC Mediterranean championship. “He is a strong guy but when analyzing his style I saw some flaws and I want to take advantage of that”, says Corley. “I think I can knock him out to take that belt with me to the United States.”
Promoter Ahmet Oner believes that it will be a close and exciting fight: “Corley is a very experienced guy and I am sure that he didn’t come all the way from the USA to collect a check. This is not a big payday for him – it’s a big chance. Aydin is rated on no. 4 by the WBC and no. 10 by the IBF. Corley wants to win this fight to get back into the picture and maybe fight for a world title again. But Selcuk is very strong and very confident. From the promotional side this fight is as good as it gets: Both guys are determined and willing to win. They have to win because this is there only chance to get close to a shot at the world championship.”
There is no doubt that the 39-year-old “Chop Chop” has been in big fights like this before. Corley won the vacant WBO light welterweight championship in 2001 and defended it twice before losing a close split decision to Zab Judah in July 2003. Right after that Corley went the distance with Floyd Mayweather jr. in what some consider a tougher test for Mayweather than his most recent lopsided win over “Canelo” Alvarez.
“I know that he is a very experienced and good boxer”, says Selcuk Aydin regarding his opponent. “But he is standing in between me and a possible world title shot and I will do what I have to do to become champion of the world. I had a great training camp and I know what I’m capable of. I will not let my fans down. I never lost a fight in Turkey and I am not planning to start this Friday.”
The show from Tekirdag will be broadcasted live on Eurosport starting at 9pm / 21.00h Central European Time. In the co-feature IBF no. 4 rated cruiserweight contender Enad Licina takes on Levan Jomardashvili from Georgia.