Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez will take on perhaps his craftiest opponent to date on July 20 when he meets well-traveled former WBO 140-pound beltholder DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, Calif., Golden Boy Promotions announced on Friday.
A 21-year-old amateur standout from East L.A., Gomez (15-0, 11 knockouts) is coming off a unanimous decision over tough Lanard Lane (13-3, 8 KOs) in his first-ever 10-rounder, having gone eight rounds once for a majority decision, and six rounds twice for unanimous decisions.
A veteran southpaw who turns 39 in June, Corley (39-20-1, 23 KOs) won the vacant WBO 140-pound title with a first-round stoppage of Felix Flores in June of 2001.
He twice defended his crown, first dropping ex-beltholder Ener Julio two times on the way to a unanimous decision in January of 2002 and outboxing ex-titleholder Randall Bailey to a unanimous decision in January of 2003.
Since back-to-back losses against Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2003 and 2004, Corley’s record has been 11-17 with losses against the likes of Devon Alexander, Lucas Matthysse, Marcos Maidana, Thomas Dulorme, and Ruslan Provodnikov.
In May of last year, Corley knocked out Paul McCloskey in the 10th round. Corley is coming off a unanimous decision loss to unbeaten Victor Postol (22-0, 10 KOs) last October.
Also on the Gomez-Corley card, Randy Caballero (18-0, 10 KOs), of Coachella, Calif., will take on Puerto Rico’s Miguel Robles (12-2-2, 5 KOs) in a junior featherweight bout.
The event will be televised live on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes, and on FUEL TV on a delayed basis.
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