Junior Welterweight

Lucas Matthysse Returns Friday Night Against Demarcus Corley

Lucas Matthysse, Jr. Welterweight, 27-1,25KO's, Photo: Box Rec
Lucas Matthysse, Jr. Welterweight, 27-1,25KO's, Photo: Box Rec
Laz IzadaContributor IIIJanuary 19, 2011

This Friday night on Telefutura's Solo Boxeo Tecate from Mendoza, Argentina, WBO No. 4, IBF No. 8 ranked junior welterweight (140 pounds) Lucas Matthysse (27-1-1, 25 KO) squares off against former World Champion from Washington, D.C., DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (37-15-1, 22 KO).

Golden Boy Promotions, along with Arano Box Producciones, are the promoters.

Matthysse, 28, is coming off a very tough split decision loss to Zab Judah last Nov. 6th in Newark, N.J., Zab's backyard.

Final scores in the loss were 114-113 for Matthysse and 114-113 twice for Judah.

In the 10th round of the bout, Matthysse dropped Judah to the canvas and later nailed him with huge left hook, yet it wasn't enough as he was not able to knock out Judah.

After the bout, Judah mentioned that Matthysse was the hardest hitter that he has ever faced.

Matthysse has recently proclaimed that he would not let judges' decisions determine future outcomes.

Matthysse, who has an 86 percent knockout ratio, will have his work cut out for him, as Corley has been knocked out only three times in his 15 career defeats; one of those KOs was at the hands of Miguel Cotto in 2005.

Southpaw 36-year-old Corley, who was the WBO junior welterweight champion from 2001 to 2003, is looking to rebound from two previous losses.

Last August in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he lost a unanimous decision to Argentine Marcos Maidana. Then in November of last year, he lost another unanimous decision to Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko in Kharkov, Ukraine.

Corley also has a 2004 unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather on his resume. In his best days as junior welterweight champion, he defended his belt beating Felix Flores (2001) by KO, Ener Julio (2002) by UD and Randall Bailey (2003) by UD.

After his Bailey win in the same year, he lost his title by split decision to Zab Judah, the only common opponent that him and Matthysse have.

It should be an exciting night of boxing as two quality fighters will go at it.

Golden Boy Promotions promotes Matthysse. With a victory, Matthysse is looking for better and bigger things in a career that was sidetracked by his loss to Judah.

Corley is looking to defeat at home a very dangerous formidable opponent; a win would revive his career.

Spanish language network Telefutura will begin televising Friday at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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