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 Last update:  6/11/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
DeMarcus Corley Credits Supplement For Career Revival
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by David P. Greisman

Entering this year, DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley had lost eight of his last nine, including six in a row dating back to 2010.

This year, however, hes undefeated, winning a decision over Gabriel Bracero in January and then scoring a technical knockout victory last month over former world-title challenger Paul McCloskey.

Its been a dramatic turnaround for a 38-year-old fighter and former junior-welterweight titleholder who is trying to get another shot at a major belt.

Corley, now 39-19-1 with 23 knockouts, spoke with in early June. Its been about a month since your big win over McCloskey. Youd promised beforehand that McCloskey wasnt going to last 12, and he didnt last 12. What did you know to be able to make that prediction and then make it come true?

Corley: My performance leading up to the fight, my training, the way my training was going. The Wednesday the week before the fight, we worked 15 rounds of sparring. I knew if I could fight at this pace for 15 rounds with three different sparring partners, I knew I could break Paul down within 12 rounds of fighting. And I knew Id knock him out. What was it you saw with McCloskey to be able to break him down and knock him out?

Corley: He has a lot of mistakes he makes, by him being a southpaw just like me. He leaves his left hand down in his pocket a lot, and he pulls back, and his hand is not up when he pulls back. I knew if I threw a combination and finished with my right hook, I would land pretty much every time. What is it thats changed with you? You had a rough stretch where you lost several fights in a row for some time, and now youve put two big wins together. Is there something thats changed in training to allow you to turn things around?

Corley: (laughs) Its funny you say change in training, because me and my trainer, it wasnt a falling out, but the trainer who worked with me the last few fights (Tyrone Jones) just went MIA on me. I had to go back to my old trainer who I won my old title with in 2001 (Bernard Roach). Were back working together. Now I havent heard from [Jones]. We havent spoken since May 12. I dont know where hes at. He hasnt returned any of my texts or my calls.

Im still training the same way. Im just taking some supplements from West Africa thats helping me with my performance and my endurance level. Thats pretty much it. My drive I wanted it more the last couple fights, and I lost, and me not winning the fights, where I won the fights but not getting the decision just made me fight harder. I know every time Im in the ring I got to fight harder from now on. I cant just fight hard and not push it to the limit, because Im always going against someone in their backyard or Im the underdog. What are the supplements that youre taking? And what is the difference that you feel because of them?

Corley: The supplements, everybody wants to know what Im taking because of what Andre Berto went through and what Lamont Peterson just went through with steroids and stuff, but my stuff is certified with the USADA. Its just natural herbs. Its some herbs that Im taking. When its time for me to say what Im taking, then Ill tell. But until then, Ima keep it a secret (laughs). And how do you feel different because of them?

Corley: My performance level. I can get in there and fight at a pace like Im young again. I mean, my last few fights, Im fighting at a higher level now. I just had a birthday. Im 38 years old and I feel Im performing as an 18-year-old right now. I just started back training and I dont feel no slacking or none of that in my workouts right now. Ready to go. Had you ever taken anything before, or is this your first time turning to this kind of thing?

Corley: This is my first time. It was on Dr. Oz. You can drink it in a tea or you can take it in pills or you can put it in a protein shake. Its for high blood pressure, diabetes and everything. If I keep pitching it, youll know what Im talking about. It was on Dr. Oz, and a lot of people are taking it, but a lot of people dont know about it. What did you feel like before you were taking it?

Corley: When I fought Ruslan Provodnikov, I was in the gym and had just started taking it in December. I beat that guy, and it really took a lot out of me for them not to give me the decision. I knew that the stuff had really given me an edge. In the 10th round I was on him and putting combinations together. I wasnt tired. I was never winded, but before the Ruslan fight, I faded a little bit like in the ninth and 10th rounds when I fought the other Russian. Before the McCloskey fight you said you wanted a title shot afterward either at junior welterweight against Danny Garcia or at lightweight against Antonio DeMarco. Now Garcia is fighting Amir Khan and DeMarco looks like hell be facing John Molina. Where does that leave you with whats next?

Corley: It leaves me just setting in the wind. I spoke with my promoter, Lou DiBella, and right now nobody wants to fight me. Lou has to keep on trying to get a fight for me. Nobody wants to take a chance of getting in the ring with me. Im dangerous. Im a threat. I need to defend my NABF title, so we can fight the No. 1 guy for that, but were looking for a big name right now. Are you willing to stay busy and face somebody whos not a big name right now?

Corley: Of course. I mean Im not young, but I got to stay busy. I got to keep the oil in my car moving. I look at my body as a car. I just cant sit on the shelf. Im 38 years old. Are you still willing to play the part of road warrior and keep traveling to these other guys backyards, if need be?

Corley: If I have to go to Mexico, Ill fight [Juan Manuel] Marquez. Other than that, I want to fight in the States now. I know theyre still looking for an opponent for Marquez to fight in Mexico now. Weve been trying to get the Marquez fight. They said Marquez would fight the winner between me and Paul, but they changed their mind. At the same time, youre a southpaw and Marquez does want to face only southpaws because hes vying for Manny Pacquiao.

Corley: Yeah, but he was willing to fight Zab [Judah]. Zabs name was mentioned. Why not mention my name? Im available. Zab might not want to go to Mexico. What else do you want people to know?

Corley: I guarantee my next fight will be a knockout. Thats my game plan is to go in there and knock out whoever I fight. It wont go the distance. I can predict that because of the performance that Im putting out in the gym and the supplements that Im taking.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at or on Facebook at, or send questions and comments to

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comment by MJ406, on 06-15-2012
been doing a fair amount of research on this African Mango and turns out it's a diet pill of sorts

comment by ShoulderRoll, on 06-11-2012
I thought maybe he was using hoodia gordonii. But this African mango seems to be the likely "supplement" he's using.

comment by QuebecSTAR2, on 06-11-2012
[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP]Entering this year, DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley had lost eight of his last nine, including six in a row dating back to 2010. This year, however, hes undefeated, winning a decision over Gabriel Bracero in January and then scoring a technical knockout victory last month over...

comment by Heru, on 06-11-2012
Corruption should be fought against on all levels... Pacquiao doesn't have to continue fighting to support his family and live a rich lifestyle... Chop Chop has to continue fighting to support his family and the robberies that Chop Chop has withstood and persevered through is enough to break a f...

comment by MJ406, on 06-11-2012
yeah I googled and the same bit about African Mango came up as well wonder if that's the one

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