- The Washington Times - Friday, December 6, 2002

Boxing promoter Don King did not let yesterday's snowstorm stop him from promoting his return to boxing in the District with the Jan.4 card at D.C. Armory that will feature Washington native DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley defending his World Boxing Organization junior welterweight title against former champion Randall Bailey.

King said he hopes the Armory show a Showtime cable broadcast also marking a return to boxing by the D.C. Sports Commission will result in more shows in the national spotlight coming to Washington.

In 1999, King promoted three shows in the District two at MCI Center and one at the Washington Convention Center featuring then-local world champions such as Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy and Mark Johnson. But they met with lukewarm results at the gate.s

"I'm trying to light a fire to bring back fighting here," King said. "I will keep pushing to make things happen. I am inviting all of the members of Congress who are back from vacation then to come to the D.C. Armory to see the people and the great sport of boxing."

King also extended another invitation. "I will invite the great President of the United States, George W. Bush. If he comes, it will demonstrate another bold, audacious move. He can walk with kings but keep the common touch."

Corley (27-1-1, 16 knockouts) will be making the second defense of the WBO title he won by stopping Felix Flores in the first round in June 2001. His first defense came when he won a decision over Ener Julio last January.

Corley will be facing the hard-hitting Bailey (26-2, 26 knockouts) from Miami, who held the WBO and World Boxing Association 140-pound world title belts at different times. In his last fight, Bailey stopped Alfonzo Fowler in one round in September.

Also featured on the card will be World Boxing Association light flyweight champion Rosendo Alvarez against former WBA champion Beibis Mendoza.

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