“He hits harder than any heavyweight I have sparred” Steve Collins Jr claims of soon to be debutant Johnny Corcoran.
However, the fighter who makes his pro bow on alongside a number of first timers on the ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ card this coming Saturday is keen to point out that he isn’t power reliant.
Cocoran has been a regular sparring partner for some more established names in the Celtic Warrior Gym over recent years and has acquired ‘banger’ status, but claims there is more to his game than power.
“A few people have said I can punch, I do get that a lot, but no doubt I have landed a few lucky punches in all the rounds I have fought and sparred.”
“If they want to say that about me I will take it, but it’s not all about that.”
“You can’t blast everyone out and I don’t think I need a big punch to win fights,” the fighter who hopes to campaign at light heavyweight or super middle but debuts against a cruiser on the weekend told Irish-Boxing.com.
Considering he could be giving away over a stone in weight in the National Stadium this Saturday night against Polish puncher Mateusz Rybarski [1(0)-0] the 24 year old may not be able use physical strength to secure a first win.
However, Corcoran argues there is more than one way to skin cat.
“I am southpaw, but I wouldn’t say I have a style. I can box anyway that I need to. I can change to get the job done. I will just find the best way to win and do that this week.”
Corcoran has been picking up a reputation as a talented operator in recent times and is the main character of some tecent sparring stories.
However, he now feels it’s time he shows the wider public what he is capable of and explained he just felt it was the right time to turn over.
“I am boxing a long time now so why not turn over now. I just said ‘f**k it we will give it a go and see how I get on.”
“I am sparring with the pros a long time and that helped me make my mind up. I like it out here [Celtic Warriors] it’s a good set up and I have to say I have got a lot of confidence out of sparring the lads here.”
“The main thing is I enjoy it so why not make something happen with something you like doing.”
The May 27th card, the largest in Irish boxing history, also features Eric Donovan, Jay Byrne, Mike Perez, Stephen Carroll, JJ McDonagh, Sean Creagh, Vladimir Belusjky, Rohan Date, Carl McDonald, Allan Phelan, Gerard Whitehouse, and Lynn Harvey, as well as debutants Liam Gaynor, John Joyce, Regan Buckley, Stephen McAfee, and Keane McMahon.
Tickets for Celtic Clash 2 are priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and are available from the boxers involved.
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