boasts a record of 46 victories, 27 losses and one draw, and he has been inside the ring with many world class boxers, including Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah. He lost to those boxers but, there is no doubt as to his capabilities.
Corley, who is 42 years old, is a smart boxer, and he has shown in the competition so far, that he does just what is necessary to win. He is not only skillful however, but, as shown in his bout against Revlon Lake, he also has power. In that quarterfinal bout, he knocked out Lake in 55 seconds.
At a press conference on Thursday night he said that he is surprised at what he can still do in the ring, and then, speaking directly to Holmes, he said: " I will be using all my skills to beat you. You will be playing chequers and I will be playing chess. It will not be easy, but I am going to beat you."
Holmes, who is 28 and has a 13-5 record, made it clear that he is not intimidated by his opponent.
"I am ready. You have speed and movement and it will be a very hard fight, but I am going to win," Holmes said.
His coach Carl Grant is also optimistic, and told STAR Sports on Thursday, that "we are fighting the boxer not his record. The fans are going to see a good fight from Holmes. My boxer will be victorious. We are determined to fly the Jamaica flag high."
Russell has not been seen in Jamaica since his Contender victory over Holmes last year and he is anxious to show his skills once more. Gardener, who was very disappointed after losing to Corley in the semi-finals, is anxious to get back into the ring, so as to erase the memory of that defeat.