Holmes, Corley win in Guyana
Jamaica's Richard 'Frog' Holmes and American DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley scored impressive victories last Saturday night as the headline boxers on a five-fight card which took place at the Giftland Mall in Georgetown, Guyana.
Holmes, with a 12-6 record, scored a dramatic one minute and 52 seconds, second round knockout victory over Guyana's Mark Austin (9-8-1) in the semi-final bout that was scheduled for eight rounds.
Corley (48-27-1) notched a hard-fought majority decision over another Guyanese boxer, Dexter "Cobra" Gonsalves (8-1-2), over 12 rounds, to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox lightweight title in the night's feature attraction.
Guyanese judge Carlton Hopkinson scored the fight a draw, 113-113, while Jamaican judges Owen Nelson 113-112 and Ransford Burton 115-110 had Corley as the winner.
Holmes attacked his opponent from the opening bell and put his opponent on the canvas three times, before referee Dexter Torrington signalled the end without even starting a count, after the fourth knockdown.
"I was told that a win tonight would lead to a Fecarbox title fight and I took care of business," Holmes told The Gleaner. "I want to keep active, and this victory should help as promoters can see that I am a very serious fighter."
Corley started as the overwhelming favourite in the title fight against Gonsalves, but the Guyanese was decisive and aggressive at the start, using his jabs to score points, while keeping Corley at bay. He actually floored Corley twice, in the first and third rounds.
After four rounds, Gonsalves was ahead, but Corley remained in the picture by keeping close to his taller opponent and throwing short hooks to the body and head.
The bout turned around abruptly in the sixth round, however, when Corley floored Gonsalves twice.
After this, Corley used all his vast experience to keep one step ahead of his opponent and despite a late surge from Gonsalves, he walked away with a hard-earned majority decision
Corley graciously paid tribute to his opponent afterwards for "a courageous performance" and told him that " it did not happen tonight, but your time will come".