Good boxing in week two of Contender 2016
"We had a great night and everyone is happy" gushed Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 promoter Mark Kenny, to The Sunday Gleaner last Wednesday night, after American boxer DeMarcus Corley gave an excellent performance, that not only pleased the large crowd that turned up at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, but also gave him a unanimous decision over, Guyanese boxer Iwan Azore.
This was the second night of competition in the series which will run until July. The first week's edition was one of the worst in many years, as the main bout between Jamaican Richard "Frog" Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from New Orleans, USA, ended in 55 seconds.
Ford, a plucky 19 -year- old boxer, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder only 55 seconds after the fight started, and was declared the loser by technical knockout. Everyone, including the two boxers, left the auditorium disappointed.
Last Wednesday saw the opposite. The fight, which was scheduled for five rounds, went the distance, and Corley was declared the winner by unanimous decision. All three judges, Joseph Cooper, Eion Jardine and Laurence Neufville scored the fight 50-44 in his favour.
It was a classic matching of boxing skills, between two very experienced men, and there was just enough of all facets of the "Sweet Science" to please the fans. Corley showed the boxing and defensive skills that he has garnered over 70 fights. He had a 43- 26 -1 record going into the fight and it showed. Boxing from a southpaw stance, he outjabbed Azore, the Guyanese welterweight champion, who had a 16-5-3 record, and when the game Guyanese fighter tried to score points with attacks to the body and head, Corley deftly manoeuvred himself out of trouble.
The pattern was set from the first round with Corley repeatedly scoring points with his jabs. He also showed great defensive skills, as he repeatedly slipped counter punches from Azore, with deft movements of head and feet. In the second round, combination hooks to the body and head were the punches of choice for Corley, while Azore kept himself in the hunt with his jabs.
In the two amateur bouts on the card, middleweight Carlton Reid from the St. Thomas Boxing Club scored a unanimous decision over Oshane Williams from Sugar Olympic gym, while light welterweight Collel Hogg from the Stanley Couch gym, scored a first round technical knockout victory over Nashan Rose from Sugar Olympic gym.