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Broadway Boxing Returns to B.B. King’s
Also, featherweight prospect Gary Stark, Jr. (22-2, 8 KOs) fought for the first time since suffering a devastating eye injury. Stark won a six-round unanimous decision over Levi Brea (16-8-3, 8 KOs).
Bailey and Stark shared top billing on another installment of Boxing Promoter Lou DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing” series at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill this past Wednesday night in New York City.
The main event featuring Edgar Santana was canceled when his opponent was denied a visa into the United States from his native Mexico.
As they say in show business, the show must go on as cards are subject to change with little of no notice. Bailey and Stark didn’t disappoint their loyal following, including DiBella, CEO and President of DiBella Entertainment.
“Not a bad night at the fights,” DiBella said. “It’s a pretty good show.”
The results were pretty good for DiBella’s promotional firm because, all of his featured prospects were tested and emerged victorious.
One of DiBella’s investments is Bailey, a hard-hitting junior welterweight who is in search of another world championship. The 34 year-old from Miami, Florida fought a rematch with a struggling Corley, 34, Washington, D.C., loser of six consecutive fights and nine of the last twelve.
When Corley beat Bailey the first time in 2003, he did it using his quicker hands and better footwork. Corley out-boxed Bailey through twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision in defense of the WBO 140-pound title. Corley was on the upside of his career, as Bailey would begin a stretch of losing marquee fights to Ishe Smith and Miguel Cotto.
Five years later, the rematch between Bailey and Corley was between two different fighters. Bailey entered the rematch having won 10 of his last 11 bouts, while Corley has struggled. Bailey, the puncher, was in command against a Corley that was only a shell of himself from years past.
Bailey pummeled Corley with hard shots and even dropped him with a straight-right in the third round. Bailey hurt Corley several times in the later rounds, but couldn’t finish.
Bailey was ahead of the three judges scorecards: 79-72 (twice) and 78-73.
When asked if he was satisfied with his performance, Bailey said “no, but I knew I was beating him. I didn’t capitalize on all of the mistakes he was making. I was a little to cautious.”
Following the bout, Bailey received five stitches above his left eye after Corley head-butted him the final round. Bailey did alarm the referee several times during the fight that Corley was coming in with his head.
Corley should retire
“Chop-Chop” Corley drew rave reviews when he surprisingly TKO’d Felix Flores in the first round in June 2001 to win the WBO junior welterweight title on short-notice. Following his victory against Bailey, Corley lost the WBO title in a lackluster third title defense Zab Judah in 2003.
Since the Judah bout, the losses kept piling up. Corley would lose to Floyd Mayweather and let an early TKO stoppage win against a then unbeaten Miguel Cotto in 2005 slip through his fingers.
Corley has been degraded from being a former world champion to “opponent” for other fighters and it was sad to see him struggle against Bailey. The reflexes and speed is no longer there and Corley doesn’t have the power to thwart opponents.
Corley should, as they said in Great Britain, call it a day.
Gary Stark victorious in ring returnStark out-boxed Brea throughout six rounds. Stark, 28, New York City, fighting for the first time since nearly losing his right eye in a 10-round victory against Andreas Ledesma in March, was in control from the opening round.
Stark scored knockdowns in rounds three and six off a beautiful straight-right. Stark wasn’t in trouble at in the bout and appeared be too strong for Brea in the clinches.
“My eye is good,” Stark said afterwards. “I have to look ten times better than I am. I’m an A+ fighter, but I’m fighting down to my opponent’s level: C-, C+. I was a little rusty. I should have took him out. I made it really tougher than what it was.”
Other Broadway Boxing Results
Newly acquired heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer (1-0, 1 KO) had a successful professional debut when he stopped Joe Rabotte (2-4, 1 KO) 44 seconds into the second round.
Undefeated super middleweight Phillip Jackson-Benson (1-0, 1 KO) too had a successful pro debut. He stopped Robert Harris (0-2) at 1:08 of the first round.
Unbeaten super middleweight Hajro Sujak (3-0 1 KO) was seriously hurt in the third round, but survived to win a convincing four-round decision against Richmond Dalphone (0-4-2).
Povetkin injures foot, mandated clash with Klitschko cancelledIBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin injured his foot while training for the biggest fight of his life. Povetkin was due for a heavyweight title shot against IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 13, in Germany.
There are a few options that could be considered. The IBF could mandate the highest ranked-available contender to replace Povetkin. That would be good because, at least, the action in the heavyweight division would be moving along.
The highest ranked available challengers, according to the IBF rankings are: No. 3. Alexander Dimitrenko, No. 4. Chris Arreola, No. 5. Hasim Rahman, and Oleg Maskev at No. 6.
Both Rahman and Maskaev are former WBC heavyweight champions.