Corley: Such scoring gives boxing a bad name
By Jonny Stapleton
The well travelled DeMarcus Corley was disgusted he was on course to suffer a home town decision if he hadn’t taken action into his own fists and stopped Paul McCloskey in a fight with World title ramifications last Saturday night.
Corley was behind on all three judges scorecards in a fight he felt he was winning, and the Washington fighter highlighted such scoring as the reason boxing is getting a bad name.
Most ringside felt it was close and could have been scored either way, but the margin of McCloskey’s advantage surprised even those in attendance as well as the other man in the ring.
Corley expressed his upset in the after fight press conference, but admitted he always felt he would have to register a knock out to ensure victory.
“I found out – on all three scorecards – I was losing the fight and I just can’t believe that. I know the fight was close and I maybe gave up four rounds but there is no way I was losing the fight, that is impossible.
“It gives boxing a bad name when you go to someone else’s country and lose like that. It happened to me in Russia. I wasn’t going to win the fight if it went the 12 rounds. But my gameplan was to come over here and knock him out.
“I’ve been in other fighter’s backyard and beaten them and then the verdict comes out the other way. And it hurts – it makes fighters really angry.”