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By Felipe Leon
Kaliesha West 117.9 vs. Claudia Andrea Lopez 117.9
Pedro Guevara 108 vs. Patricio Camacho 108
Alberto Guevara 119 vs. Khabir Suleymanov 119
Emilio Bojorquez 147.7 vs. ?? Rodriguez ***
Jose Estrella 116.8 vs. Arcadio Salazar ***
Adrian Vargas 140 vs. Luis Gonzalez ***
Brian Sanchez 168 vs. Edgar Mendivil 168
***Late Substitutions will weight in later
When: Saturday, April 14th
Where: Ernesto Ruffo Appel Gymnasium, Rosarito, B.C., Mexico
Promoter: Erik Morales’ Box Latino
Brandon Rios, who lost his belt on the scale, stripped naked but still weighed two pounds over the limit.
Brandon Rios 137 vs. Richard Abril 135
(WBA lightweight championship)
Mike Alvarado 140 vs. Mauricio Herrera 140
Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta 137 vs. Oscar Cuero 138
Jesse Anguiano 121.5 vs. Tremaine Williams 123
Gabriel Medina 141 vs. Anthony Flores 140
Brandon Baue 153.5 vs. Mikael Zewski 153
Andre Gorges 141 vs. Terence Crawford 142
Eric Flores 139 vs. Wilbert Mitchell 137
Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Promoter Top Rank
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In an all-German middleweight world title clash, WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-2, 10 KOs) in a grudge showdown on Friday night at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Zbik came out strong in the early rounds, throwing more and landing more. Sturm got untracked in round three and pretty much took control of the fight after that. Sturm started punishing Zbik in round five and did more damage in the sixth. Zbik had no answers and his corner stopped it after round nine. The end was incorrectly announced as an eighth round TKO by ring announcer Michael Buffer.
Heavyweight Denis Boytsov (31-0, 25 KOs) outpointed Dominic Guinn (33-9-1, 22 KOs) over ten lackluster rounds by scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. Boytsov remains rated in the top five of all sanctioning bodies despite no meaningful fights in years. Three straight losses for Guinn.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Víctor “Vikingo” Terrazas 121.70 vs José Palma 121.70
(WBC Silver super bantamweight title)
Gilberto Ramírez 159.50 vs. Jaime Barboza 159.50
(WBC Youth world middleweight title)
Jesús Ruiz 117.70y Christian Esquivel 117.70
(NABF bantamweight title)
Venue: Arandas Municipal Auditorium, Arandas, Jalisco
Promoter: Canelo Promotions & Grupo Modelo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sad to report the passing of Norma Nieves at the age of 55 from cancer on Thursday in Puerto Rico. She worked with the WBO in public relations as well as being a professional photographer. She was instrumental in the WBO’s Kids Drug Free program benefiting children in Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and throughout Latin America. She was an organizer at the annual WBO Conventions. Fightnews.com sends our condolences to her family and all WBO staff.
By Christopher Cook at the scale
Joey Hernandez 154.25 vs Shakir Ashanti 158.5
Marcus Oliveira 182.25 vs Adam Collins 178.75
Bermane Stiverne 243 vs Willie Herring 212.75
Azea Augustama 190.25 vs Grover Young 195.5
Trevor Bryan 224.25 vs Brandon Spencer 282
Amir Iman 140.75 vs John Willoughby 137
Date: April 14, 2012, first fight at 8pm
Venue: Casino Miami Jai-Alai
Promoter: Don King Promotions
Tickets: 1-866-468-3399 / ticketweb.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Juan Manuel Marquez 140 vs Serihy Fedchenko 138.60
(WBO interim super lightweight title)
Daniel Sandoval 146.75 vs Michael Rosales 146.30
Saul Roman 156.20 vs Richard Gutierrez 155.10
Juan Estrada 114.40 vs Jonathan Lecona 114.0
Venue: New Mexico City Arena
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions & Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca & HBO
Undefeated former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and WBA interim lightweight title holder Richard Abril will be fighting for more than the vacant WBA lightweight title and guaranteed purses Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, they will be fighting for a $50,000 bonus that will be awarded to the winner. “Prizefighting is part of boxing’s heritage. In the early years of modern professional boxing, offering a bonus or ‘prize’ to the winner of a fight was a tradition. It added more excitement for the fighters and the fans,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank, the promoter of Saturday night’s world championship pay-per-view event. “We wanted to bring the prize aspect back into fight game and this seemed to be the perfect platform to do it. After personally witnessing their animosity toward each other throughout fight week, I think Rios and Abril will be looking at the $50,000 bonus more as the spoils of victory than as a performance incentive. They can’t wait to go for it and one-up each other!”
The Rio vs. Abril rumble is the co-main event to three-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, going for his fourth world title in as many different weight divisions against Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs), of Kharkov, Ukraine, for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez vs. Fedchenko and Rios vs. Abril headline a world championship pay-per-view event that originates from two different countries.
By Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KOs) held a press conference in Perth Australia today and says he is keen to take on Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4, 25 KO’s) in a blockbuster re-match. Yesterday, Mundine said that he was contemplating taking on Green again and that he was prepared to give away 10kg if that what it takes to prove he is the best. Mundine made the comments after deciding not to challenge WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin Trout for his title.
“I’m not going to fight a guy like Austin Trout who is laughable because he’s really a nobody. If he came with a name and came with some pulling power, I would fight him, but I’m not going to let him use me and take my money,” Mundine said.
Green says Mundine has finally come to his senses and realised he has nowhere else to go if he wants to nail down a big money bout. “My main concern is if Choc is going to back up what he said yesterday,” Green said. “Is he prepared to back up what he says and actually take on the biggest fight that is out there in the world for him, that is right here in Australia against myself?” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias will take on Roberto Castaneda in a 10 round bout on May 25th, Thompson Boxing General Manager and matchmaker Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com. Esquivias-Castaneda will be the opening-televised bout on the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. No word yet on the main event bout for that card, which will more than likely take place at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. (more…)
Jose Nieves 121.25 vs. Alejandro Delgado 122
(WBO Latin jr featherweight title)
Jorge Melendez 153.7 vs. Marcus Willis 154
Phillip Penson 160.25 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 159
Roger Rosa 138.5 vs. Fidel Ortiz 135
Robert Burwell 157.25 vs. Tim Parker 157
Luis “Cuatito” Torres 147.75 vs. Juan Aguirre 148.5
Sheldon Moore 154 vs. Frank Gedeon 154
Angel Martinez 160.25 vs. Jonathan Robles 160
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
Tickets: 407-935-1412, Doors Open: 7:30PM
Photos: Miguel Salazar
Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach predicts the jab of WBA Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko will be the difference in his April 29 world title defense against challenger Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, airing live on pay per viewfrom Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Undefeated Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) has been training at Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. The 2000 Ukraine Olympian captured the WBA title in 2009, winning a 12-round decision from previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko, and Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times: Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and more recently Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last fight.
“Senchenko is a very, very good boxer with good technique,” Roach recently said from the Wild Card Gym. “He has good height and a good punch. He had a great amateur background. The Ukraine has the No. 1 program in the world this year. It has a very good program and Senchenko is very well schooled. His jab is his best weapon and I think that will be the difference in this fight. He has a faster jab than Malignaggi and it should control the fight. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon will fight Eduardo “Chucky” Lazcano on May 4th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Thursday. The 10 round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised on Fox Deportes. The card will take place one day before the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto card at the MGM Grand.
Ponce de Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) knocked out Omar Estrella in his last bout in January. Ponce De Leon recovered from a second round knockdown to eventually knock Estrella out in the sixth round. Espinoza was hoping that Ponce De Leon would have fought on the Mayweather-Cotto card on Saturday night. However, he looking forward to his newly-signed fighter performing well on May 4th. (more…)
A SRO crowd of 1,372 packed The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center Thursday night as another edition of Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC provided five action packed bouts.
The two featured fights of the evening saw undefeated heavyweight Alexandar “The Great” Flores move to 8-0 with a third round TKO win over game Guivanni Sarran. Flores, with his 6th KO of his career was in control the entire way, but had to withstand constant pressure from the smaller Sarran who drops to 3-5. The win earned Flores the Golden State Heavyweight Belt.
In a match that lived up to its hype, 10-1 Ramon Valadez gave tough Kevin Hoskins his first loss of his career, when referee Tom Taylor stopped the bout at two minutes of the third round, after Valadez rocked Hoskins against the ropes and after a barrage of unanswered punches Taylor jumped in and gave Valadez his 11th win. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Both were pretty short on words in advance of this one.
A day before their ESPN Friday Night Fights headlining showdown, Michael Katsidis and Albert Mensah (19-3-1) were men of few words at the final pre-fight press conference.
“I want to say this is going to be a great fight,” said Mensah.
The bout will be a coming out show of sorts to many US fans, as the 29-year-old hasn’t spent much time on American soil.
On the flip side, Katsidis (28-5-2) is a familiar face to most American fans keeping close tabs on the Sweet Science. After thanking a few people responsible for his success, “the Great”, got down to business.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do at 140-pounds,” he said. “This is going to be a big test. It’s going to be a good night, and I’m going to punch him in the face. And then I’m going to punch him in the face again.”
The last line was met with mild laughter.
After a dominating performance over veteran Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez last November, Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy “Gesta (24-0-1, 12KOs) took a well deserve rest and traveled back to him birth city of Cebu, Philippines from his stateside headquarters of San Diego, CA. When he came back two and a half months later, the 24-year-old did not return alone but with his father Anecito in tow.
For Mercito, it has made a difference, not only for his state of mind, but also for his team which is now compromised of his father,but also co-manager and trainer Vince Parra, co-manager Joel Coombs, cut man Jun and Parra’s father “Bumpy”. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
A pre-fight shoving match that has tens of thousands of views on YouTube. Check. Trash-talking between two opponents. Check. A lesser-known fighter who is characteristically stirring the pot against a fighter who is known to never back down. Check. Just another buildup to a Brandon Rios fight.
Within the past few weeks, members of the media and boxing fans alike have wondered if Richard Abril awoke a sleeping giant in unbeaten and former world title holder Brandon Rios. During a press conference in Miami last month, a shove to the face of Rios by Abril that set off the popular Mexican-American into a tirade that almost started a brawl. From there, the debate began: did Abril sign his own death wish with the popular Rios or did he win a battle of getting under the skin the Oxnard, CA fighter? (more…)
One look at Alessio Sakara, and you would be safe in assuming that he’s not pushing papers behind a desk for a living. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but whether it’s the athletic build or the mosaic of tattoos that celebrate a world history of combat, it’s clear that the Italian middleweight is cut from a different cloth from most of us . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten former bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13KOs) had his media workout Thursday for his April 21 bout against former flyweight champion Eric Morel (46-2, 23KOs). Mares continued his preparation at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs, California. “We have one week left, I feel great. Sparring 120 rounds went well and I feel good and ready.”
Mares looked sharp in working combinations with his trainer Clemente Medina. “We work hard during training to make it easy come fight night.” He will begin 2012 moving up in weight from 118 to 122 against Morel. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Diego Morales
With the assembled local and national press at “Mi Gusto Es” seafood restaurant in East Tijuana, Mexico, Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino along with Mexican mega channel Televisa and Corona beer announced “Guerra En El Golfo (War at the Gulf)” boxing event to be held Saturday, April 14th, at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium in the seaside town of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The multiple bout fight card will be headlined by Moreno Valley, CA’s Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (14-1-3, 4KOs) third defense of her WBO bantamweight female title versus her toughest test yet on paper, Argentinean Claudia Andrea “Chica 10” Lopez (18-5, 4KOs). The ten round bout will be televised live by Televisa as part of their Saturday night boxing series “Sabados de Corona”. (more…)
On May 11, at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Cuba’s Yudel Jhonson (12-0, 8 KOs) will face Freddy “The Rail” Hernandez (30-2, 20 KOs) from Mexico in the 10-round light middleweight main event. Also scheduled are Cuban super featherweight prospect Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (15-0, 11 KOs), who will face Mexico’s Aalan Martinez (12-1-1, 8 KOs), recently signed by Boxing360, in the eight-rounder, plus in an eight-round super middleweight battle Colombia’s undefeated Alexander Brand (17-0, 15 KOs) meets Sweden’s undefeated Badou Jack “The Ripper” (10-0, 8 KOs). All three bouts can be seen on Showtime.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Less than 24 hours before the weigh-in, the three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Sergey Fedchenko where out promoting their champion battle that will take place this Saturday, April 14 in the brand new Arena Ciudad de Mexico and will mark the return of Marquez to his hometown after an 18 year absence. “Its a big responsibility for me to fight in this new arena after an 18 year absence. My first eight professional fights were here in Mexico City, but I never had a championship fight in Mexico and I’m really looking forward to Saturday night,” said Marquez.
Marquez took part in various national and local shows after taking part in a satellite television tour with various media outlets from the United States. “I really want to sell-out the arena and these promotions are all part of it. I also want all my fans in the United States to see this fight, because is one of the most important of my career as I will be seeking my fourth world title in as many divisions,” said Marquez. (more…)
As Brian Stann puts it, he still had “sand in his ears” when he fought Steve Cantwell for the first time as a member of the WEC roster back in March of 2007. That can happen when you’re part of another elite fighting roster, the United States Marine Corps, and when he signed the contract for his third professional fight, Stann was still on active duty in Iraq . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By John Cannon
Corpus Christi native Jerry Belmontes is definitely glad his so-called vacation is finally over. Belmontes (15-0, 5 KO’s) returns to the ring after a nine month lay-off and will be showcased in an 8-round lightweight main event for the first time in his pro career as he will face Ramesis Gil (7-5-5, 5 KO’s) of the Dominican Republic as Main Events Boxing, along with Cavazos Boxing Promotions presents “Solo Boxeo Tecate: Fight Night In Pharr” on Saturday, March 19th at the Pharr Events Center.
“No more vacation for me. It’s time to get back into the ring and start fighting again,” said Belmontes at the official press conference held at Embassy Suites in McAllen. “By the time May rolls around, it will be 11 months since my last fight and that’s just too long to stay inactive.” (more…)
Three top highlights at Erfurt´s night of boxing: Boxing fans will not only be looking forward to the WBO cruiserweight world championship between Marco “Captain” Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) and Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) but also to two other world-class title bouts. Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) will defend his WBO super-middleweight belt against Georg Groves (14-0, 11 KOs). The heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) will fight it out for the vacant European title. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Canelo: Many people say i’m the favorite but I can’t underestimate a fighter like him. I’m going to be very weary and smart in the fight. I’m looking forward to fighting the best Shane Mosley has to offer….My mentality is to go in there, perform and win but not look for the knockout. When you go for that other obstacles come up and you may not get what you want.
Mosley: It’s about pride. All of the victories were in the past. This is a young champion I’m fighting. He has a belt that I want. We both have our ideas of what we want to do. I want to win the fight and go on to bigger and better things….I see myself not as an old warrior but a young killer. I don’t buy into the 40-year-old thing.
By Francisco Salazar
News and notes about events taking place in Southern California and the fighters that call it their home.
Roy Englebrecht Promotions returns to the Hangar at the OC Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa with a six-bout “Fight Club OC” card. Originally, the main event consisted of former two-time world title holder Steve Forbes taking on the charismatic Emanuel Augustus in an eight round bout. However, Augustus was not allowed to fight because he failed one of the required medical exams issued by the state of California on Wednesday morning.
The semi-main event moves to main event status as Kevin Hoskins and Ramon Valadez meet in a battle of top Southern California junior lightweights. Last week, I mentioned that this fight could possible steal the show as Hoskins (6-0, 4 KOs) and Valadez (10-1, 5 KOs) have fan-friendly styles and this six-round bout should be explosive. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KOs) will face Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) on Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s Friday Night Fights series on Friday, May 18 inside the Rollins Center in Dover, DE. At stake will be the vacant NABA heavyweight title. In the co-feature, former USBA junior welterweight champion and Contender star Mike “No Joke” Stewart (48-7-3, 25 KOs) will take on an opponent to be determined.
In his last bout at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Franklin Lawrence won the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation heavyweight title with a seventh round stoppage of rugged Jason Gavern. His biggest wins to date have come against Lance Whitaker (KO 7) and Jason Estrada (TKO 10).
Mike Mollo owns wins over Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (TKO 2) and Art Binkowski (TKO 2), and dropped close twelve round decisions to Andrew Golota and Jameel “Big Time” McCline. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Team Sturm
WBA Middleweight Super Champion Felix Sturm and challenger Sebastian Zbik stepped on the scales today at the BMW Procar car dealership in Cologne, Germany. Both fighters looked to be in excellent shape. Sturm came in at a trimmed and ready 72.3 kg/159.32 lbs, Zbik weighed in at 72.5 kg/159.84 lbs.
IBF/WBO/WBA/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Tony “The Tiger” Thompson at Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, on July 7. Thompson (40) is from Washington D.C. and the official IBF mandatory challenger. The 6’5 is a southpaw and has a fight record of 36 wins (24 KOs) and two defeats. In 2008, at the sold out o2 World Hamburg Thompson fought against Wladimir Klitschko as the official WBO contender and lost in round 11 by KO. Since then he has won all his five bouts.
Tony Thompson: “I have been waiting a long time for this rematch. Last time I had an injury which I suffered in training. In Berne, I will complete what I missed out four years ago. I will knock Klitschko out and take all his belts to the US.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “Thompson is a strong and difficult opponent fighting southpaw. He has a very good technique and gave me one of the toughest challenges in my career. Through his height it is a fight at eye level and I know that he has gained a lot of confidence through his winning streak. I am looking forward to defending my titles in Bern where my brother Vitali fought in 2009 with great support of the Swiss crowd.” (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Photo by Mary Ann Owen
Richard Abril wanted it, stirred up some controversy for it and he finally got it. What everyone wants to know is if he is prepared to deal with what he asked for. On Saturday, Abril will be taking a major step up in competition when he faces Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios for the vacant WBA lightweight title at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on a Pay Per View card also featuring Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Sergey Fedchenko.
Abril is stepping in for Yuriorkis Gamboa, who inexplicably backed out of the fight after missing two press conferences. With “Bam Bam” making his final campaign at 135 lbs, Abril figured that he’d slide in and give the undefeated Mexican-American a challenge. However, the manner in which the challenge was handled has incited Rios.
A well documented shouting and shoving match took place when Abril — who Rios had no idea whether he was a fighter or a random person — challenged Rios when Gamboa no-showed the presser in Miami last month. Never one to let things die, the annoyed Rios wouldn’t forget what transpired when they met again for another press conference this past Saturday in Los Angeles. Another shouting and shoving match ensued and the tensions have officially heightened to the point where the two were no allowed to pose together for photos at Wednesday’s final press conference. (more…)
At the media workouts for Brandon Rios, the former WBA lightweight champion addressed the altercation at Monday’s presser in Los Angeles and what he figures will transpire on Saturday night when he faces Richard Abril at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
“I’m bringing the press conference back,” Rios joked about the near brawl with Abril in LA. ” Nowadays the press conferences are boring. F*ck that. I hate this guy right now and I talk sh*t.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, the world’s leader in mixed martial arts (MMA), applauds the announcement made earlier today of the creation of the new International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF). The UFC® wholeheartedly supports this new initiative as well as its leader, IMMAF President August Wallén, who will spearhead the initial growth of this Federation. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Light flyweight Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will defend his world title belt against Ramon Garcia Hirales on April 28th at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, Top Rank matchmaker Ray Alcorta told Fightnews.com Wednesday afternoon. The Gonzalez-Hirales bout will headline a Top Rank Live card that will be televised on Azteca America. Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions will co-promote the card.
Gonzalez fought just last month in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, knocking out Manuel Jimenez in the first round of a scheduled 10 round non-title bout. The Nicaraguan-born Gonzalez (31-0, 26 KOs) will hope to successfully defend the title for the fourth time over Hirales since the winning the title in October of 2010 over Francisco Rosas. (more…)
Paul McCloskey will now face DeMarcus Corley on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The former WBO light welterweight World champion replaces Julio Diaz as Dudey’s opponent after the Mexican raised concerns about making the 140-pound weight limit. WBC #15 Corley won his world title in 2001 with a first round stoppage of Felix Flores and made two successful defences against Ener Julio and Randall Bailey before dropping a split decision to Zab Judah in July 2003. Corley proved he still has plenty to offer as he claimed the NABF light welterweight title against previously unbeaten New Yorker Gabriel Bracero in the Big Apple in January.
“Chop Chop is a former world champion and is coming off a great comeback win against an undefeated fighter,” said DiBella. “He is eager to take a shot at McCloskey. If McCloskey were to defeat DeMarcus though, and after Ajose Olusegun wins the title from Danny Garcia, an Olusegun-McCloskey match-up would certainly be very attractive for all fight fans, particularly those in the U.K. and Ireland.”
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