DeMarcus Corley plans on “Chop Chop” Chopping down Freddy Hernandez on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation By Benny Henderson Jr. (Feb 2, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
Coming up this Friday night on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation, former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley 36-12-1 (21) looks to get back in the win column as he takes on the once beaten Freddy Hernandez 27-1 (18) in the night’s main event.
Corley, who at one time held the WBO Light Welterweight title, and has faced the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, and Randal Bailey (Just to name a few), has a goal of becoming a two-time world champion, and his journey begins this Friday night on Showtime.
In this exclusive interview, Corley speaks out on his upcoming fight, as well as touching on other topics in his career, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: You have the fight coming up this Friday night on Showtime against Freddy Hernandez, your thoughts on that match-up?
DeMarcus Corley: I am going into a little bit of deeper water as a welterweight, not a weight that I normally fight at, I have a game plan, let my hands go be first and get the victory. I am not taking anything from him, but I don’t think he has been in with a type of fighter or at the level that I am at right now. He has a disadvantage comparing to me having an advantage over him, I have no problem with making an adjustments with the height and size.
BH: You don’t feel that the height and weight will pose a problem?
DC: It is pretty much fifty/fifty, when you come down you have to drain yourself to come down, I have been fighting this weight for fifteen years, I just have to maintain my normal walk around weight which is 143-pounds, and I will scale at that.
BH: You are getting to fight on Showtime, it has been a while.
DC: (Breaks In) Yes, it has been a while since I have been on Showtime.
BH: What is it like to be back on American television for all the public to see?
DC: It feels good to be back on TV here in the states, to show my talent, and to show the new items that I have been working on that is coming out in 2010. I have a boxing shoe that I am going to launch in April as well as a clothing line that I am working on.
BH: I remember speaking with Lou Duva years ago, and he told me that boxers should always have a back up plan, because boxing doesn’t always pay the bills.
DC: Exactly, I have some great designs that I can put in the catalog that other fighters will like.
BH: What can the fight fans ringside, as well as the viewers via Showtime expect from you come fight night?
DC: I don’t know his type of fighting style, I know mine, I am coming in there to be first and not wait on him. If I am first and not have to wait, I am going to have the upper hand every time.
BH: You have been in the business for several years now, been a world champ and all, at thirty-five, what is still left for you?
DC: I feel that there is more out there for me, one of my goals is to become champion once again, my age is thirty-five, but my body feels like a twenty-five year old. I am in great shape and have no problem making weight; there are a lot of things I can bring to the table.
BH: Any message you would like to send out to Freddy Hernandez before the fight?
DC: May God be with him and me during this fight, and may the best man win.
BH: Anything in closing?
DC: Look forward to my boxing shoe launching in April, and my clothing line as well, my logo will be displayed on my trunks on fight night, so you can see that. And I am looking forward to winning this fight and getting back to the top.