Chop Chop Wins Wins

By Ted Sares on May 13, 2012
Chop Chop Wins Wins
DeMarcus beat 7-1 favorite Paul McCloskey on May 5 in McCloskey’s home town of Belfast

After losing six in a row and eight of his last nine, 37-year-old DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-19-1) has won his last two…

“I’ve always said that I would go through anyone to win a world title and that includes… Danny Garcia…Corley has been in with the very best in the business and is on a high after beating Bracero so it’s a good test for me.”—Paul McCloskey

“He caught me with a great shot. I thought I could have carried on but every fighter thinks he can fight on, so I am gutted. It is a massive, massive setback for me.”—McCloskey

“Older champions are always dangerous.”—Lou DiBella

After losing six in a row and eight of his last nine, 37-year-old DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-19-1) has won his last two. DeMarcus chopped down Gabriel Bracero three times en route to a UD win in January at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Bracero was 18-0 coming in. The upset win netted him the NABF light welterweight title.

DeMarcus then beat 7-1 favorite Paul McCloskey (23-1) on May 5 in McCloskey’s home town of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Corley busted the Irishman’s nose with heavy shots in round two and landed equally heavy stuff during the next round. The win came by a remarkable 10th round TKO engendered by a malicious right that landed flush on Paul’s already bloodied face and had him wobbling. The win also put Corley on the unlikely fringes of the light welterweight mix.

These shocking victories came after losing to Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1) in Russia, Thomas Dulorme (11-0) in New York, Andre Gorges (10-1 in Canada, Lucas Matthysse (27-1) in Argentina, Serhiy Fedchenko (26-1) in the Ukraine in a highly controversial affair, and Marcos Maidana (28-1) also in Argentina. The combined won-lost record of those six opponents is 121-5.

Corley won the vacant WBO light welterweight title in 2001 by blowing away Felix Torres. He then defended successfully against Ener Julio and Randall Bailey before losing his title to Zab Judah by a razor thin SD. After that, he lost to Floyd Mayweather, beat Darryl Tyson (50-13-1), and was stopped by Miguel Cotto after rocking Cotto early.

Corley, who is often decked but rarely stopped, has fought in 16 different states and 10 different countries. He has fought some of the best in the business and has taken his share of punishment. While his power, speed, and reflexes are most assuredly not what they once were, Chop Chop remains crafty, has tons of experience, and fights with a southpaw style. More importantly, he always seems to find a way to stick around.

As a fringe contender, Chop Chop may have a few more decent paydays in his career, but whenever he decides to lay down the axe, he’ll be able to look back upon his career with pride.

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2012-05-05 Paul McCloskey vs DeMarcus Corley



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  1. Cheekay Atomic 10:13am, 05/18/2012

    Great coverage.

    Always liked Chop Chop…good to see him back.

    Paulie looks like he has bigger plans…Devon Alexander.

    I think Chop Chop might still have a place as a gateway fighter, which is nothing to be ashamed of.

    Hopefully he can get a Friday Night Fights feature soon against someone decent.

  2. raxman 06:55pm, 05/14/2012

    what about paulie vs chop chop?

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 06:16am, 05/14/2012

    Should’ve known Corley was coming to fight…this is why I suspect that a lot, but certainly not all of what goes on in the old country is really Triple A ball.

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