Feature | Highlight 4 | Issue | Premium | Sep 17 2019

DeMarcus Corley dismisses concerns that’s he’s putting himself at risk by fighting on at the age of 45

Former world champion DeMarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley is 45 years of age and 85 fights into his pro career. But still he goes on, writes Elliot Worsell
DeMarcus Corley
DeMarcus Corley  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

THE fight game has always been a numbers game for DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley. He chased big ones to change lives. He put up big ones to leave his mark.

Now 45, Corley still plays the game and, consequently, the numbers go up. There are 85 professional fights to go with his 119 amateur bouts and he has now competed in 19 different countries. (Because the list is more impressive than a number, they are as follows: USA, China, Puerto Rico, England, Nicaragua, Kazakhstan, Russia, Argentina, Ukraine, Canada, Northern Ireland, Turkey, Bolivia, Mexico, Sweden, Denmark, Jamaica, Guyana and Nigeria.)

Some numbers, however, stay the same. A number like 140, for instance, represents Corley’s weight, in pounds, the night he made his pro debut and is the weight at which he has campaigned for most of his career. Another is 25. Corley says he feels 25 years of age despite the fact it’s not 1999 and he has lost his last four fights and six of his last nine.

 

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