Brooklyn's NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (18-0, 3KO's) gets his stiffest test to date on Saturday, in former junior welterweight world champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley (37-10-1, 22KO's). They clash at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Bracero weighed 140 pounds for the scrap, while Corley was 137. Corley is kind of old, sorry to be so blunt, at 37. The DC-based boxer has lost his last six straight bouts, so yes, he is on the deep downside. But the crafty lefty makes you work for the win, and will take Bracero the distance, make sure his cardio is sound. If Bracero could somehow stop Corley, that would make the win look a bit more shiny.
---A note from unofficial correspondent Harold Lederman, who was at the Staten Island card on Thursday. "Mikey Faragon blew out Andres Ledesma in three tonight on Staten Island. Best looking fighter from Albany since Norman Rubio."
My response..."Er, who the heck is Norman Rubio?"
Harold: "Real tough welter from Albany. Fought 85 fights from 1940-48. Went the distance with Robinson in 46. Fought F. Zivic, L.Roach."
Harold is officially a treasure.