In the red corner hailing from Wembley, London. Gary ‘The Hellraiser’ Corcoran. For the seventeen losing opponents it certainly was hellish.
Coming from a traveller background and a fighting family, the ‘Hellraiser’ was born to be in the squared circle.
“All my brothers done it (boxing) all my brothers and I just kept doing it and doing it. My older brother Billy was a boxer he boxed for the British (title), my (other) brother Eddie was a boxer all my brothers boxed for England they were all good boxers. I just kept at it myself and it came good.”
Victorious in his last battle with ex-sparring partner Larry Ekundayo boosting his ranking with the WBO he seems to have got his shot at world glory.
“Me and Larry were good sparring partners but it was business to me, just business.” the Wembley welterweight acknowledges the benefits from sharing the ring with Larry behind closed doors. “It did (favour me) because I looked over at him and was like I will beat him. I hadn’t sparred him for about 18 months but I knew how to beat him and that’s the main thing.”
“Someone I don’t spar would be better because I just turn up and figure out how they box and that’s it but with someone you spar you can be over confident.”
The wizard of Oz.
After a surprise victory over the future hall of famer Manny Pacquiao, Australian Jeff Horn had all of his dreams come true and now he is at the top of the food chain being hunted by the pack, leading that pack is the traveller Corcoran who is seeking to be top dog.
“I hope the fight does come off, I’d be happy to fight him, Jeff Horn, it would be a good old fight.”
“He’s a good fighter Jeff Horn, he wouldn’t be world champion if he wasn’t but he’s very beatable. That’s one thing about him and I think I have the style to beat him because he likes to come forward but when he gets pushed back let’s see how he reacts and it would be a war I’m hoping for that fight.”
It’s another Briton who was favourite to enter the ring to do battle with the ‘Hornet’ but Corcoran has dismissed the chances ‘Super Skeete’ has of facing the champion.
“I know Bradley well. It’s all politics. Maybe (because) Bradley is a counter puncher maybe it’s (a style) not exciting enough or they think he will hit and run and with me they know it’s an all action fight and it doesn’t bother me. I like Bradley, when I beat Jeff Horn I will give Bradley a fight no problem.”
Training camp seems to be underway and team Corcoran are just waiting on contract finalisation before an official announcement but this is professional boxing and anything can happen however
FightTalk.net wish Gary all the best in his quest to become champion of the world.
Written and interviewed by James Lupton.