'Chop Chop' eyes January date to challenge 'The Mauler'
DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley has said that he is not only happy to hear that Sakima 'The Mauler' Mullings is willing to come down to 140lbs to face him, but that he is willing to make the match happen in late January.
However, Corley, the 2016 winner of the Contender Series, said that the bout, which the public has been calling for since last year, could take place no sooner because of his calendar.
"A fight wouldn't be able to happen this year because we already got two fights scheduled," Corley told Star Sports.
His promoter, Chris Joy of I-Fight Promotions, said that he wants to take his time to build anticipation for such a bout.
"This fight would be so much of an epic fight, I think it's fine if both guys got two fights to build up to the mega fight. So that when this fight does happen. It's going to be the biggest anticipation of a match in Jamaican history," Joy said.
"I think we could use the end of this year to promote this fight to let everyone know that something's happening. The perfect time is that it should take place right before the Contender starts."
Mullings said that he is willing to take the fight at that time, but he will also consider other options should they become available.
"If they're saying that the fight can't be made until January, I'm patient and I'll wait, but in the same breath, I'm not gonna sit around and wait for Chop Chop. I'm gonna explore other opportunities that are out there," Mullings said.
A bout in late January would be just over four months out from Corley's 44th birthday, but he said that he is not concerned about what form he may be in at the time.
"Age is not a factor in this. My birth certificate says I'm 43, but I don't fight like 43," said Corley.
Mullings agrees: "Him, at 43, has proven that he's rolling back the clock and he's been getting more wins than losses lately, but I don't believe that it's the same Chop Chop that fought Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. He's still a very good fighter and a very experienced fighter. I could gauge where I am on the world stage from my performance against him."