Contender finalists to fight in Guyana
American Demarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley who won the 2016 Contender title and runner-up Richard 'Frog' Holmes, will be the headline fighters on a five-fight card in Georgetown, Guyana, tomorrow.
Holmes left the island on Thursday accompanied by his coach Carl Grant. The main bout on the card will be a title fight over 12 rounds between Corley, and Dexter Gonzales from Guyana, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox lightweight title. Holmes will fight in the semi-final against Mark Austin from Guyana over eight rounds.
Corley, who caught the attention of boxing fans in the Caribbean with his performance in the Contender series, is an overwhelming favourite to win the Fecarbox title.
He enters the ring with a lot of experience and a series of good performances recently. He has a 47-27-1 record.
Gonzales, who has an 8-1-2 record, last fought in October 2015, when he defeated Clive Atwell by way of an eighth- round TKO, for the CABOFE lightweight title.
Holmes, who has an 11-6 record, will go up against an opponent who has a 9-8-1 record. After taking a short break following the end of the Contender series in July, Holmes resumed training a month ago and is confident that he will beat Austin.
He also stated that there is a lot of incentive for him to win this fight because he has been told that a victory could lead to a regional title fight before the end of the year.
"I had some good sparring sessions this week with Sakima Mullings. We had some great sparring, and I and I am now feeling very sharp as a result of those workouts."