Holmes, Corley win in Guyana

August 30, 2016


Jamaica's Richard Holmes and American DeMarcus Corley scored impressive victories last Saturday night as the headline boxers on a five-fight card, which took place at the Giftland Mall in Georgetown, Guyana.

Holmes, (12-6), scored a dramatic one minute and 52 seconds second-round knockout victory over Guyana's Mark Austin, ( 9-8-1), in the semi-final bout that was scheduled for eight rounds. Corley (48-27-1) notched a hard-fought majority decision over another Guyanese boxer, Dexter Gonsalves, (8-1-2), to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox lightweight title, in the night's feature attraction. Guyanese judge Carlton Hopkinson scored the fight a draw, 113-113, while Jamaican judges Owen Nelson, 113-112, and Ransford Burton, 115-110, had Corley as the winner.


Holmes obviously decided that he was not going to leave the decision to the judges, and attacked his opponent from the opening bell. He quickly sent a signal to Austin that he meant business, as in the first minute of the fight, he jolted him with some hard body blows. He built his attacks behind a stiff jab, and followed throughout with hooks to the body and jolting uppercuts.

Austin hit the canvas before long as Holmes connected with a right to the head that put him down, and sent his mouthpiece flying, but referee Dexter Torrington surprisingly ruled this not to be a knock-down. Holmes was not deterred, however, and went right back to work. Within 30 seconds, Austin was down once more, from a right hook to the head, but he was not badly hurt, and took the mandatory eight count standing. Holmes dominated the round to the bell.

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