BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, who turned back the clock the last time he stepped in the ring, will look to do it again when he faces Manuel “Manos” Perez in a lightweight affair Saturday, in an outdoor bout at PT’s Showclub in Denver, Colorado.
Back in March, JMB originally learned Corley would be fighting a slated 10-round affair, but now the 40-year-old Corley has his sights set on bigger things in 2015.
Corley (42-22-1, 25ko’s) is coming off a dominating 10-round unanimous decision back in September against Daniel Attah.
In that bout, the soft-spoken Corley moved around brilliantly, using his jab and distance and breaking down Attah in every single round.
He floored Attah five times and hopes he can make quick work of Perez come Saturday night.
“Everyone knows, when I step into the ring, there is only one way with me and that is to get a knockout. That is my prediction that is my game plan, if the knockout does not come, the main thing is to knock him around and win the rounds. That way I have no problem with the judges trying to steal the fight from me,” Corley said exclusively to JMB’s Double Jab Radio Friday.
Perez (22-11-1, 4ko’s), who resides in Denver, was stopped by Victor Ortiz — another southpaw — in the third round of their slated 12-round contest in December. Ortiz just pummeled Perez before the action was stopped.
“I watched the fight against Ortiz, he should not have been in there with him, Ortiz was the bigger fighter. Perez has issues with southpaws.”
The 30-year-old Perez has fought for several WBA-NABA titles over the course of his career. He turned pro in 2004, winning his first six bouts before losing his next three.
Corley had a very solid training camp leading up to his fight against Perez and credits his recent success to keeping in shape and maintaining his body and mind.
“I was in Floyd Mayweather’s camp sparring with him, getting him ready for (Manny) Pacquiao fight, that was great sparring, I worked with Zab Judah. That was good. I am just more focused and hungrier than I was last year.”
The southpaw Corley is a former NABF super lightweight champ and this will mark his first fight of 2015.
He fought twice in 2014 and prior to beating Dedrick Bell last August. Corley dropped a 12-round affair against Marcos Maidana in 2008 for the interim WBA World super lightweight title.
“I am not looking past Manny, but the key is to get the win and then jump right back in. I want Mickey Bey,” Corley added.
Bey is scheduled to fight Denis Shafikov in a 12-round IBF World lightweight title contest in China in July.
To hear the full interview with Corley and his desire to sign with with Mayweather click below.