Paddy Gallagher warns “dirty” Gary Corcoran ahead of Belfast bruiser


Paddy Gallagher [13(8)-4(0)] is ready to get down and dirty with recent world title challenger Gary Corcoran [17(7)-2(2)] next week at the SSE Odyssey Arena.

The welterweight pair clash on the Mick Conlan homecoming undercard in Belfast and a bruising affair is expected.

Lenadoon’s Gallagher is known for having a penchant for wars while Corcoran, who stepped down from light middleweight last year, is a rough and ready fighter.

Gallagher states plainly the fighter with Connacht roots has a tendency to be dirty but is welcoming the prospect of an ultra-physical showdown ten-round showdown.

While others may disagree, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Gallagher thinks an up close and personal encounter may just play into his gloves.

“Apparently, Corcoran has been known to fight dirty on the inside but if he tries that, he’ll find that I’m a long way from being a pushover,” Gallagher promised.

“If he plans to make it dirty, I can get dirty too – that’s no problem. A few people have also pointed out that he’s prone to cuts so he can choose how he wants it.

“Liam Williams was able to push Corcoran back when he tried to come forward and boss it. He doesn’t have that strength in his arsenal. I’m going to win but I’m not too sure how. I just want to win it in style.”

Gallagher takes the fight just two months after his close loss to Brad Solomon in the WBC Invitational in Kentucky while the bout is Corcoran’s first since his WBO title loss to Manny Pacquiao defeater Jeff Horn.

While physical match-ups between high-activity fighters can sometimes descend into scrappy affairs – think Stephen Ormond v Craig Evans last year – Gallagher is predicting that it will be a show-stealer rather than a stinker.

The former Prizefighter contestant thinks the pair’s styles will gel and, as a result, blood-and-guts drama is certain.

“People love to see action-packed fights like the one we’re going to serve up. People love to see people going down and getting up to fight some more. It’s gladiatorial.”

“Because of the way Corcoran likes to fight and because of the way I like to fight, there is bound to be drama in this one.”

“From his point of view, he might be stupid and think he’s a big boy because he fought Jeff Horn for the world title. If he does, I’ll steamroller him, but I’m sure he respects me if he’s got any sense.”

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