CORLEY-- COMING OFF BIG WIN IN UK-- OFFERS TO FACE KHAN ON SHORT NOTICE
By Mike Walters
Fresh off his tenth-round technical knockout of Paul McCloskey in the United Kingdom, DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-19-1) says he is ready and able to take on Amir Khan on May 19th if fellow Washingtonian Lamont Peterson isn't able to go due to testing positiver for performance enhancing drugs.
Boxingtalk: Tell me about your win over Paul McCloskey this weekend?
DeMarcus Corley: It was a great victory (but, on all three judges scorecards I was losing the fight. My game plan was to do what I had to do which was to knock him out. We saw the judges scorecards and I was losing the fight (post fight). It was a unanimous decision, I was down on all three judges scorecards going into the tenth round. I was down three to six rounds. I wouldn't have been able to even get a draw.
BT: Do you feel like with your last two wins [Corley handed Gabriel Braceo his first pro loss in January] you've put yourself back in the title picture at 140?
DC: Yes, yes I do.
BT: What to you know about Lamont Peterson's situation?
DC: I know he [reportedly] tested positive for some kind of substance, some kind of steroids. The fight is in jeopardy and they don't think it's going to happen May 19th. They are talking about [how] they might strip him [of the IBF and WBA 140-pound championships] and give the titles back to Khan.
BT: Have you ever seen anyone take any sort of substance in the gym? Is this something that's prevalent?
DC: I don't take nothing, that's something new.
BT: Is Khan someone you'd be interested in fighting?
DC: Of course. I am still in shape. I ain't got no problems with going right to the gym tomorrow if they want to do the fight.
BT: Would you be able to step in on May 19th?
DC: One hundred percent, just like I was ready to go last week. That's one thing I do, I stay ready.
BT: What else could be next for you?
DC: I talked to Lou (Lou Dibella, Corley's promoter) the other day, he asked me what I wanted to do. I said I wanted Juan Manuel Marquez bad and he said is there anybody else out there that I would be interested in. I said I want the number one guy (in the WBC ratings) Ajose Olusegun, who I think is supposed to fight Danny Garcia (WBC title holder) but, if not him I would like to fight Danny Garcia.
BT: Anything you'd like to say in closing?
DC: Just stay tuned to me capturing another world title. I look forward to being back on top. Hopefully Zab Judah can do his thing in his next fight and we can do a rematch [Judah beat Corley by split decision back in 2003]. When he becomes world champion and I become world champion, we can unify.