Dudey targets WBC title

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PAUL McCloskey believes he will be in line for a second shot at a world title should he dispatch of the late replacement for his King’s Hall return, former WBO light-welterweight champion, DeMarcus Corley.


The 37 year-old New York based, Corley, kicknamed ‘Chop Chop’, has traded punches with some of the biggest names in boxing including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Devon Alexander and Zab Judah.

Therefore, ‘Dudey’ will see this as an opportunity to have another big name scalp on his impressive record and a chance to get back in the frame for a shot at one of the world titles.

The Dungiven southpaw’s original opponent for next month’s fight which will be the main feature on the All-Irish Middleweight Prizefighter card at the King’s Hall on May 5th, Julio Diaz withdrew from ongoing contract negotiations due to difficulties making the weight.

And following failed attempts to lure Thailand’s WBC international champion, Prawet Singwancha, Dudey’s promoter Matchroom Sports decided to approach the American.

While Corely (38-19-1) has appeared to be on the wane for some years, he arguably carries a bigger reputation than Diaz and so McCloskey feels he has a better chance of meeting either New York-based Londoner Ajose Olusegun, who is hoping to face current WBC light-welterweight champion Danny Garcia, should he claim the win at the King’s Hall.

“I’ve always said that I would go through anyone to win a World title and that includes both Ajose and Danny Garcia,” said McCloskey.

“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.”

McCloskey’s manager, Francie McNicholl agrees that victory over Corely could act as a springboard to accelerate the Co. Derry man’s chances of a shot at the WBO 10 stone crown.

“We had a few difficulties with Diaz and he was struggling to make the weight,” explained McNicholl. “We were even offering him the chance to fight at halfway between light-welterweight and welterweight but we still couldn’t agree.

“We then looked at two other possibilities with Prawet Singwancha, The WBC inter-continental champion being one of them. “He’s ranked No.5 by the WBC and if Paul had of beaten him it would have put him at No. 5 and in with a shot at the WBC title but that didn’t materialise.

“We agreed on a deal initially but he came back and asked if he could put the date back until July but that didn’t suit us. DeMarcus Corely then was another option and he’s agreed to take the fight.

“Corely is ranked 15 with the WBC we hope if Paul can defeat Corely it could lead to a world title fight between the winner of Garcia and Olusegun later this year.” Corely’s recent record is far from impressive having won just two of his last 10 fights but his last outing proved successful as he claimed a points win over previously unbeaten Gabriel Bracero in which he picked up the NABF 140 pound belt, therefore he still retains relevance.

Corley won his world title in 2001 with a first round stoppage of Felix Flores and made two successful defences against Ener Julio and Randall Bailey before dropping a split decision to Zab Judah in July 2003.

The 37 year old took Floyd Mayweather Jr the distance in 2004 and faced Miguel Cotto the following year for his old title. Corley travelled to England to face Junior Witter for the WBC belt in 2006 and went the distance with Marcos Maidana for the WBA belt in 2010.

Limited tickets for the event are available priced at £30 (unreserved) and £40 (reserved balcony or unreserved floor). Tickets priced at £60 (outer-ringside) and £100 (ringside) are also available, at Ticketmaster on 0844 277 4455 and at www.ticketmaster.ie

Paul McCloskey’s fans can also buy their tickets at the prices above from Eurospar Dungiven and any EuroXchange outlet.