The gatekeepers are former champs, holding the strap until someone dethrones them. They’re fighters who take fights on short notice for a paycheck.
Their phone is never silent as big time promoters are constantly calling for their services. They’re the backbone of boxing as, simply, the opponent.
DeMarcus Corley: “Chop Chop” Corley had a stellar amateur career, capturing a National Golden Gloves title in 1995.
In 2001 he captured the WBO Light Welterweight title. He defended it twice before losing to Zab Judah. He also won the NABA Light Welterweight title. He competed for the vacant WBC Welterweight Title and the vacant WBA Light Welterweight Title
His resume also includes, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Junior Witter, Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Junior Witter, Thomas Dulorme, Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol and Selcuk Aydin.
He currently sits at 42-22-1
Derric Rossy: Rossy was a stellar athlete in high school, earning All-American honors in football at Patchogue-Medford High School. He received a scholarship and played DE at Boston College. In 2004 he won the New York City Golden Gloves
As a pro, he has a 29-8 record. He has held the WBC United States Heavyweight title as well as the WBC Fecarbox title.
His resume includes Vyacheslar Glazkov, Fres Oquendo, Audley Harrison, Kubrat Pulev, Eddie Chambers(2) Alexander Dimitremko and Ray Mercer
He has a degree in Human Development from Lynch School of Education
Luis Collazo: The Brooklyn native, Collazo had a 97-25 amateur career. He once held the WBA Welterweight Title, defeating Jose Antonio Riveria. He defended it against Miguel Angel Gonzalez.
He has competed for the intern WBC Welterweight Title, losing to Shane Mosley. He lost another shot at the WBC belt against Andre Berto. He lost a crack at the WBC Silver Title to Amir Khan
His resume includes Victor Ortiz, whom he stopped in the second round, and Ricky Hatton. His record currently stands at 35-6
Delvin Rodriguez: The resume isn’t that impressive, with Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout being the only big names on his record.
However, He did fight once-considered prospect Issac Hlatshwayo twice. Also, he went toe to toe with highly regarded prospect, Pawel Wolak, twice. Their first encounter was a fight of the year candidate.
Rodriguez is a fan favorite, appearing on ESPN 11 times over his career.
Yusaf Mack: The Mack Attack holds a record of 31-8-2. He started his career out with a respectable record of 22-0-2.
The Philadelphia native has held the USBA, NABA and NABF titles
His resume includes Carl Froch, Tavoris Cloud, Glen Johnson, Thomas Williams Jr and Cedric Agnew