Lake ‘chopped’ down in 55 seconds
American boxer DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley is a man of few words, but his fists spoke loud and clear on Wednesday at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he destroyed his Guyanese opponent, Revlon 'Lion Heart' Lake, in just 55 seconds, to move dramatically into the semi-finals of the Wray and Nephew Contender series.
The first semi-final will be held on June 8, between Richard 'Frog' Holmes and Tsetsi Davis.
Corley cemented his number- one ranking in the competition with a sensational victory over an opponent who was expected to give him a close fight.
The action started briskly with both men throwing hard punches. Southpaw Corley found the mark first, with a straight left that shook his opponent, but Lake responded quickly with a one-two combination that was designed to send a message to Corley.
Everything was pointing to a very exciting encounter at this stage of the fight when out of the blue, Corley landed a savage right hook to the head of his opponent, and down he went, to gasps of surprise from the large crowd.
When referee Owen Nelson started his count, most people in the arena expected Lake to get back to his feet, but he did not move.
As Lake sat on the canvas looking dejected, he indicated that his right ankle was hurting, and was immediately given medical attention by ringside physician Dr Andre McDonald.
His faculties seemed clear, but he indicated that he could not have resumed, as he had twisted his ankle.
"He threw a good combination and I responded with a right hook. It was a sweet shot and it took him out," Corley said afterwards.
His opponent there will be Michael 'The Wasp' Gardener.