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24 MAY 2018


'Chop Chop' Corley replaces Diaz for McCloskey bout

De Marcus Corley celebrates victory pic Tri Nguyen
De Marcus Corley celebrates victory pic Tri Nguyen

Paul McCloskey will face DeMarcus Corley on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast live on Sky Sports - and the winner could land a shot at the WBC light welterweight crown.


The former WBO light welterweight World champion ranked 15 by the WBC replaces Julio Diaz as Dudey’s opponent after the Mexican raised concerns about making the 140-pound weight limit.


Corley won his world title in 2001 with a first round stoppage of Felix Flores and made two successful defences against Ener Julio and Randall Bailey before dropping a split decision to Zab Judah in July 2003.


The 37-year-old took Floyd Mayweather Jr the distance in 2004 and faced Miguel Cotto the following year for his old title. Corley travelled to England to face Junior Witter for the WBC belt in 2006 and went the distance with Marcos Maidana for the WBA belt in 2010.


Corley proved he still has plenty to offer as he claimed the NABF light welterweight title against previously unbeaten New Yorker Gabriel Bracero in the Big Apple in January, and DiBella has predicted a possible route to a shot at the WBC belt through another of his fighters, New York-based Londoner Ajose Olusegun, who is hoping to face current champion Danny Garcia.


"Chop Chop is a former world champion and is coming off a great comeback win against an undefeated fighter," said Di Bella.


"He is eager to take a shot at McCloskey. If McCloskey were to defeat DeMarcus though, and after Ajose Olusegun wins the title from Danny Garcia, an Olusegun-McCloskey match-up would certainly be very attractive for all fight fans, particularly those in the U.K. and Ireland."


McCloskey closes the curtain on Belfast’s biggest boxing bill against Corley following the all-Irish Betfair Prizefighter Middleweights and six-round outings for Martin Lindsay and Prizefighter Prospect Jamie Conlan, and the former unbeaten European champion says he’s happy to face anyone for a second World title shot after his tilt at Amir Khan ended in disappointment.


"I’ve always said that I would go through anyone to win a World title and that includes both Ajose and Danny Garcia," said McCloskey. "Corley has been in with the very best in the business and is on a high after beating Bracero so it’s a good test for me."


Limited tickets are available priced at £30 (unreserved) and £40 (reserved balcony or unreserved floor). Tickets priced at £60 (outer-ringside) and £100 (ringside) are also available, with all tickets on sale with Ticketmaster on 0844 277 4455 - UK/Northern Ireland customers, 0818 719 300 - Republic of Ireland customers and at <>


VIP packages priced £150 are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at <>


Paul McCloskey’s fans can also buy their tickets at the prices above from Eurospar Dungiven and any EuroXchange outlet.

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