- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003

Washington's own DeMarcus Corley used his superior hand speed to dominate Randall Bailey and win a unanimous decision and retain his World Boxing Organization junior welterweight title last night at the D.C. Armory.
In a fight with little action, Corley (28-1-1, 16 knockouts) did enough over 12 rounds to neutralize Bailey (26-3, 26 knockouts), a hard puncher who seemed reluctant to mix it up. Corley's southpaw style also seemed to confuse Bailey, as Corley landed his left hand enough to outscore Bailey. But it was a not a compelling fight, and the crowd of 3,196 booed at times at the lack of action in the ring.
In the co-main event, challenger Luis Perez used a powerful sweeping left hand to take the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight championship from Felix Machado in a split decision. Perez (21-1, 14 knockouts) from Managua, Nicaragua, nearly closed Machado's right eye halfway through the fight, peppering him with hard left hands. Remarkably, Machado (22-4-1, 12 knockouts), from Bolivar, Venezuela, with his eye nearly shut, beat Perez to the punch at the end and won the 12th and final round on all three judges cards.
Perez appeared to dominate the fight for the 115-pound title, and judge Paul Artest scored throughout 115-112 for Perez. Judge Tammy Jenkins had it closer, but also scored the win for Perez, 114-113. But judge Walter Cavaleir had the bizarre score of 117-110 for Machado, who had a point deducted in the fifth round by referee Kenny Chavalier for low blows.
"I felt the fight should have been stopped in the eighth or ninth round," Perez said. "I could tell he couldn't see, but he fought on like a true champion."
Corley, 28, stopped Felix Flores in one round in June 2001 to capture the WBO junior welterweight crown. Before last night, Corley had one successful title defense, winning a decision against Ener Julio in January of last year.
Bailey, 28, from Miami, won the WBO 140-pound title in May 1999, stopping Carlos Gonzalez in one round. Bailey successfully defended his title twice before losing a split decision to Ener Julio in July 2000. He won his next four fights before being stopped for the first time in his pro career by Diosbelys Hurtado in the seventh round in May 2002. Bailey came back to stop Alonzo Fowler in just one round in September for his last fight before last night's bout.
In other action, two middleweight twin brothers from Philadelphia won their fights. Aaron Mitchell (20-1-1, 15 knockouts) stopped Leonard Townsend (37-10-1, 20 KOs) of Chicago in 44 seconds of the third round.
Mitchell knocked down Townsend twice in the second round, and once in the third before the fight was stopped. His brother, Eric Mitchell (15-3-1, six KOs) won a split decision over Leon Pearson (10-7-3, two KOs) of Detroit in a 10-round bout.
Another middleweight fight ended quickly when Quinton Smith (17-0, 11 KOs) of Winter Haven, Fla., knocked out Ron Johnson (19-15, 11 KOs) at 57 seconds of the second round.
Also, heavyweight Owen "What the Heck" Beck of Nashville, Tenn., kept his unbeaten record (18-0, 14 KOs) intact by stopping Mike Middletown (8-11, four KOs) in the first round. The fight was stopped when Middleton went down for the third time at 2:35 of the first round.
In another heavyweight bout, Belarusan heavyweight Siarhei Lyakhovich (17-1, 11 KOs) stopped Joe Lenhart (10-16-3, four KOs) of Cleveland at the end of the ninth round.
Lenhart came into the fight weighing 293 pounds, compared to 226 for Lyakhovich, but the smaller heavyweight pounded on the bigger man's body throughout the fight until he landed a left hook that put Lenhart on the canvas with about 25 seconds left in the ninth round. Lenhart got to his feet, but after the bell sounded the referee stopped the fight.
In featherweight action, Oscar Leon (24-2, 16 KOs) of Cartagena, Colombia, beat Marty Robbins (12-13-1, 10 KOs) in 2:36 of the first round, knocking Robbins down twice before the fight was stopped.

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