- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 20, 2002


Washington super lightweight Demarcus Corley will defend his 140-pound World Boxing Organization title against former WBO title holder Randall Bailey on Jan.4 at the D.C. Armory in the first fight of 2003 to be broadcast on the Showtime cable network.

Both Corley (27-1-1, 16 knockouts) and Bailey (25-2, 25 knockouts) have a chance to emerge from this fight as a top contender in boxing's most competitive division. Fighters are positioning themselves for a shot at the undisputed super lightweight champion, Kostya Tszyu, who holds the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation titles.

On Nov.9, another Washington 140-pounder, former WBA champion Sharmba Mitchell, moved back into the mix with an impressive win over former champion Vince Phillips. And on Saturday, 140-pounders Mickey Ward and Arturo Gatti will meet in Atlantic City in a rematch, with the winner also a viable opponent for Mitchell or the winner of Corley-Bailey.

Thom Loverro

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