Interim WBA World light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) retained his title over former world champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (37-14-1, 22 KOs) by way of a very tough unanimous decision. The bout took place at the Estadio Luna Park, in Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. The official scores were 117-110, 115-112, 116-110 all in favor of Maidana. The 36-year-old Corley fought his best fight in years giving the 27-year-old Maidana all he could handle in the fight.
The first round saw each fighter looking to feel the other out with Corley appearing to do enough to win the round.
Round two was another close round as Maidana landed some power shots both upstairs and downstairs early but Corley landed some sweeping right hooks of his own the second hadlf of the round.
Round three saw Maidana inforce his will on Corley and shook Corley mutiple times with powerful right hands. Corley to his credit stood his ground. A clash of heads took place in the round as well leaving Maidana cut on his right eyelid.
Round four was a very dirty one as both fighters did mulitiple fouls to the other from hitting on the break to hitting behind the head and the referee issued them both stern warnings.
Maidana appeared do to do enough to win round five landing flush shots to body and head mulitple times throughout the round.
The close of round six saw Corley hurt badly by a series of powershots from Maidana that had him holding on until the bell ending the round.
Sensing Corley had not recovered from the previous round Maidana pounced on Corley immediately to start round seven and eventually connected a powerful overhand right that sent Corely down. Corley beat the count getting up at 9 and was able to get through the round.
Round eight was a fairly tame round marred by a few clinches.
Round nine saw both fighters have their moments. Corley boxing at a distance in spots and Maidana landing powershots that rocked Corley at the end of the round.
Round ten was a clear round for Corley who stunned Maidana mulitiple times with straight lefts that snapped his head back multiple times and Maidana took several deep breaths in between the onslaught of punches as well in order to shake it off.
Round eleven appeared to be another round for Corley. Both fighters were given time as they were hit by low blows but Corley had Maidana in the corner to end the round and landed multiple left hands.
The twelfth and final round had both fighters giving it their all to the final bell and could have gone either way as both had their moments.