By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Tuesday night at the Meadowlands Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey, boxing fans braved Icy conditions and heavy snow, sleet and rain to witness an entertaining night of professional boxing. In the main event of the five fight card promoted by The Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions, former WBO junior welterweight champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19KOs) continued his road back with an impressive seventh round technical knockout of Wilson Enrique Galli (31-9, 13KOs). The undercard feature several local prospects and an eight round journeymen battle as William Gill captured a unanimous decision victory over Chuck Berry.
Corley 140.5 entered the ring wearing a gas mask, and looked like the old “Chop Chop,” working away only the inside while safely avoiding any of the hooks with his slick defense.
The 38 year old Galli 141, who was returning to the ring after a seven year layoff, found his mark with a nice left hook but Corley walked right through it. Corley at the behest of his corner sent a perfectly placed left uppercut through the gloves of the Uruguayan that landed both on the chin and the nose. The shot had a delayed effect as Galli turned away and took a knee. Galli rose to his feet and clinched until he regained his senses.
Galli shook off the seven year ring rust in the third and held his own against Corley as the fight went on the inside.
The game plan changed in rounds four through six as Corley kept him off balance with several one and two punch combinations as well as some nice bodywork. The shorter Galli could only land single shots while lunging.
Almost as if on cue, a fan in the crowd yelled “Now is the time Chop!!!”, and Corley went on the attack in round seven with several heavy combinations that bounced off the face and body of the withering Galli. Finally, a left hand on the chin put Galli on the seat of his pants. Galli rose to his feet and looked like he did not want to continue, but two more big shots from Corley forced referee Ricardo Vera to step in and call a halt to the proceedings at 1:23 of the seventh round.
“I felt good in there tonight,” Said Corley. “The straight left hands to the body were wearing down Galli and that was the key to the fight.” My trainer Don kept telling me to come with the hook and combinations after the body shots. The final knockdown came with a hook. He got up and he didn’t want to continue but the referee made him, so I jumped right on him and that was it.”
“As for my future, I saw Juan Urango fight over the weekend and he looked pretty good, but he’s basic. I want to fight him for the IBF title,” Said Corley. “We also just want to revenge the people who I lost to in the ring. I am looking to do a rematch with Randall Bailey and also want to fight Zab Judah again. He won a split decision over me for my WBO title,” said Corley. “We just have to stay busy and keep winning. That is the only way these big fights are going to happen is if I keep winning.”
Gill Outlast Berry
William “The Real Deal, Big Will” Gill 185, was able to overcome a 15 pound weight difference in capturing a well deserved unanimous decision victory over the 200 pound Chuck Berry in the cruiserweight co-feature of the evening.
Berry was definitely the bigger puncher and went after Gill early in the fight. However Berry began to tire late in round two and Gill took advantage with well placed right hands on the chin. Berry’s left hand dropped as he tired, allowing an opening for more right hands over the top.
Berry appeared out of gas in the third round as Gill rained down upon him with a series of right hands. Berry somehow survived the round occasionally throwing a punch, just barely keeping the fight from being stopped.
Both fighters had taken the bout on five days notice and, appeared to tire as the pace slowed throughout the next couple of rounds.
Gill looked to stay out of range and boxed effectively throughout the middle rounds.
The lull of the heavy combinations allowed Chuck Berry to gain his second wind and he began to land his long looping right hands in rounds seven and eight. Gill was able to move and stay out of trouble though with good light combinations to take the bout to the scorecards.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of William Gill by score of 77-75, 78-74 and 79-72 respectively.
“I thought I had him in the third round,” said Gill afterwards. “He was tough, but my game plan was to push! Push! Push! My corner lied to me and said I was losing so pushed even harder and out boxed him.”
Gill also talked about his future fights, “No more fighting heavyweights!! Seventeen pounds was just too much weight to give away.”
Gill upped his record to (9-21,7KO’s) while William Berry slipped to (4-8, 3KO’s,
Sanchez destroys Presnell in 56 seconds
Undefeated cruiserweight Elvin Sanchez (2-0, 1KO) of Patterson, New Jersey needed just 56 seconds to stop overmatched Charles Presnell of Reno, Nevada. From the opening seconds Sanchez controlled the ring as Presnell retreated and constantly turned away from his crisp combinations. Presnell 198.5 looked like a bad amateur with poorly thrown jabs, which showed little power and was immediately sent to the canvas with right hand/left hook from the polished Sanchez 198. Presnell rose to his feet, but his corner knew that this was a mismatch and stepped on the ring apron, waving the towel to call off the fight at 56 second mark as Presnell complained about the stoppage. Presnell who falls to 0-3, has never lasted beyond the one minute mark of the first round in his professional career.
Rivera topples Brito
Patterson, New Jersey lightweight Hector Rivera, (2-4, 1KO) shocked the local crowd by dropping formerly undefeated Atlantic City native, Omar Brito (1-1, 1KO) twice in the in capturing the unanimous decision victory in the opening bout of the evening.
Brito 135 ½ went after Rivera with unbridled aggression in the first round, but was careless and was caught and dropped from a short straight left on the inside by the crafty southpaw. Visibly dazed Brito held and regained his senses by the end of the round.
Rivera 134 brimming with confidence was throwing well place counters as Brito tried to regain control early in round two. A Rivera straight left put Brito on the seat of his pants a second time. Brito once again went on the bicycle as Rivera chased with a few nice shots. Brito smothered most of the shots even though a cut was opened under his right eyelid.
Desperately behind, Brito went on the attack in round three and caught Rivera in mid-round with big right hand that put him on his back. Rivera went on the retreat and survived the round.
Brito went for the equalizer throughout the fourth and final round, but was unable to put the sturdy Rivera in any major trouble as the bout went to the scorecards.
All three judges saw the bout 37-36 in favor of Hector Rivera for the well deserve unanimous decision victory.
Bogar decisions Ibraham
Newark, New Jersey welterweight Rashad Bogar raised his record to 2-0, 1KO, with a hard fought four round unanimous decision victory over Rami Ibraham 2-8-1.
Bogar 147 came in seven pounds heavier then his professional debut and the extra weight seemed to slow him a bit. However, his exceptional boxing skills were just too much for the world ranked Muy Thai fighter.
Ibraham 144.5 had his moments throughout the final round, but never enough to truly hurt Bogar.
All the judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Bogar for the unanimous decision victory.