Atlantic City – On Saturday, May 22, 2004, Top Rank Inc, along with Caesars Entertainment, brought to Boardwalk Hall, Floyd Mayweather vs. DeMarcus Corley in a WBC Super lightweight eliminator.
New weight and Challenge
For Mayweather, it was his first bout in the 140LB weight class in his 31-0 (21KO) career. “Chop-Chop” Corley, a former WBO 140LB title holder, came in sporting a record of 28-2-1 (16KOs).
Going into the bout, there were questions about how Mayweather would fare against Corley’s southpaw style; also in interviews, Corley suggested Mayweather would have issues with the rise in weight.
From the opening bell, Mayweather challenged Corley by coming forward and acting as the aggressor. The come forward style employed by Mayweather allowed him to be hit more, but he gave more than he took, knocking Corley down twice in the bout.
Albeit few, Corley did have moments where he did land on Mayweather; most notably in the first minute of round four when he landed a huge right hand that rocked his opponent. But through it all, Mayweather persevered.
A Bout To Remenber
Mayweather proved that the rise in weight wouldn’t work against him, but as seen later in his career, he became smarter and more strategic in fights.
This was Mayweather’s third of four times fighting in an Atlantic City Ring, while Corley was making his second of only two appearances.
Collectively, both only came through Atlantic City a hand full of times, but on this one night, both definitely gave the fans something that they could remember for years to come.
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