HBO Championship Boxing
Mayweather Jr. vs. Corley
May 22, 2004
Boardwalk Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ
Former WBC super featherweight champion and the WBC lightweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.
will make his debut in the Jr. welterweight division on Saturday, May 22nd on HBO Championship Boxing.
Jr. will be facing the former WBO Jr. welterweight champion DeMarcus
"Chop Chop" Corley.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. won his first 17 fights in a row before landing his first title bout against WBC super
featherweight champion Genaro Hernandez (38-2-1, 17 KO's) in October of 1998. The fight lasted eight of
the scheduled 12 rounds before Hernandez's corner stopped the bout and Mayweather Jr. was crowned the
new champion. He successfully defended the title eight times before deciding to move up in weight and
challenge for the WBC lightweight title against Jose Luis Castillo (49-6-1, 45 KO's) in April of 2002. The
fight went the distance and when it was all over, Mayweather Jr. was now a two time champion. Mayweather
Jr. successfully defended his newly won title three times including a seventh round TKO win over Phillip
N'dou (31-2, 30 KO's) in his last bout (November, 2003). The undefeated Mayweather Jr. now has his sights
set on a third championship.
DeMarcus Corley went 17-0-1 before losing his first bout in 1999. He regrouped and won his next eight
bouts to get a chance to fight for the WBO Jr. welterweight title. In June of 2001, Corley fought Felix Flores
(19-3, 13 KO's) for the vacant WBO title. Corley made short work of his opponent, ending the fight in the first
round via TKO. He then went on to defend his title twice before facing the former IBF Jr. welterweight
champion Zab Judah (31-2, 22 KO's) in his last bout (July, 2003). Corley battled to defend his title and when
it was all over, 12 rounds were in the books and it was in the judges hands. Unfortunately for Corley, two of
the judges had Judah winning oppose to the one for Corley. Corley losses by split decision. Corley is looking
to get another shot at a world title.
Mayweather Jr. has beaten some very good fighters. I don't see the added weight making much of a
difference in his performance. Corley has never been stopped having lost both his fights by decision but he
hasn't faced as many quality opponents as Mayweather. Mayweather Jr. by unanimous decision.
Jr. Welterweight Bout
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (31-0, 21 KO's) vs. DeMarcus Corley (28-2-1, 16 KO's)
Card subject to change