Lake challenges Corley for last Contender semi-final spot

May 25, 2016
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Guyana's Revlon Lake will have his hands full tonight as he tries to take out the number one-seeded boxer in the 2016 Wray and Nephew Contender Series, welterweight competitor, American DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.

The bout, which will be over five rounds, is scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on TVJ.

In the preliminary round of the competition, Lake, who has a 9-13-2 record, eked out a majority decision over Anthony Woods, who fights out of The Bahamas, while Corley, whose record is now 44 wins, 27 losses and a draw, scored a unanimous decision over Iwan Azore, who is also from Guyana.

Corley is one of the most accomplished boxers in the competition, and his record shows him going up against world-renowned boxers such as Floyd Mayweather and Zab Judah.

Although he lost to those men, the fact he was able to compete with them speaks much of his capabilities.

After defeating Azore here on March 16, he engaged in a World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Latino Lightweight 12-round title bout against Adrian Estrella in New Mexico on April 16, losing by majority decision.

On his return to Jamaica, he declared himself "in great condition and ready to go". If he follows the pattern of his fight against Azore, he will be making himself a difficult target.

Lake will have no alternative but to go after his man, and it will be intriguing to see what could be a chess-type boxing match unfold.

DeMarcus has 26 knockout victories to his credit, but against a heavier opponent, he will quite likely be aiming to build up points round after round and go for a decision. It promises to be an intriguing battle of wills.

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