BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley could not answer the bell for the seventh round of his 10-round super lightweight affair against Manuel “Manos” Perez Saturday at PT’s Showclub in Denver, Colorado, after he had breathing issues with the altitude during their outdoor bout.
Corley (42-23-1, 25ko’s) was coming off a dominating 10-round unanimous decision back in September against Daniel Attah, and took the fight against Perez on four weeks notice.
However, after the sixth round, Corley couldn’t continue.
He also spent a great deal of time working with Floyd Mayweather as a sparring partner, as Mayweather prepped for his bout against Manny Pacquiao several weeks ago, perhaps taking a toll on him. There were several published reports that Corley’s feet were not right, which he quickly rebuffed.
“My feet were fine, my feet got messed up in Vegas but I was good for this fight.This fight was outside and the air was very thin, and after six rounds, I sat on the stool and I knew this was it. They asked me to breathe, and I knew that was it. The air was too thin and I couldn’t breathe. But, I will be fine. I will be back in June and I will get a knockout the next time out. I will be fine, we will be back in June,” Corley said exclusively to JMB on Monday.
“I just won’t fight in Colorado no more,” he added chuckling.
Prior to the bout, Corley respected his opponent, but also made mention of who he would like to meet down the road. “I am not looking past Manny, but the key is to get the win and then jump right back in. I want Mickey Bey,” he said.
Bey is scheduled to fight Denis Shafikov in a 12-round IBF World lightweight title contest in China in July.
This is not a major setback for Corley, but it is still a setback, which is why he wants quick turnaround in the ring and will look for a fight in June.
He was in Denver two weeks before the contest in an attempt to get his body prepared for the Colorado climate something legendary trainer and father of the late great Leavander Johnson, Bill Johnson knows first hand when he trained his son for a 1992 fight against Frankie Mitchell.
“I remember my son fought Frankie Mitchell in Nevada, and as soon as we got off the plane and started walking with the luggage we both got winded,” said Johnson Monday to JMB at the AC Pal in Atlantic City, while working with undefeated bantamweight Qa’id Muhammad.
“I told him, this is a 12-round fight, and he said Dad, I won’t last 12 rounds. You can’t get comfortable in that type of climate quick. You need to just show up for the weigh-in and then fight, your body will not be ready to fight if you are out there three or four weeks. Leavander stopped him in two.”
The 30-year-old Perez (23-11-1, 5ko’s) had fought for several WBA-NABA titles over the course of his career and has now won three of his last four. He turned pro in 2004, winning his first six bouts before losing his next three.
Featherweight Brittany Cruz scored a second-round KO over Sheena Chaney to move to 10-6-2, while cruiserweight Donald Cobb (6-0) remained undefeated by scoring a first-round KO win over Dean Williams to round of the night of action.