Traveller Corcoran believes he will thrive off hostile Welsh crowd

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Gary Corcoran may take on Liam Williams tonight for the Commonwealth and British light middleweight belts in just his fifteenth fight, but the London-Irishman certainly can’t be accused of taking any shortcuts.

A tough upbringing on a halting site in Wembley led into a tough apprenticeship in the pros, with a steady stream of risky 50:50 fights.

While he trains out of the Peacock Gym in London, Corcoran is the definition of a road warrior, and can be found in gyms up and down Britain. For his clash with Williams he has clocked up even more miles and Corcoran explained that “I’ve had a really good camp.”

“I trained for a week and a half over in Cuba, I’ve been over in Ireland and I’ve been sparring Kell Brook and Bradley Skeete in England.”

Make no doubt about it, Corcoran will be public enemy #1 tonight in the cauldron of the Cardiff Ice Arena. Williams brings a massive support, and has personally sold an incredible 1,100 tickets for the bout.

The 25 year old hardman however is undaunted, and claims that “challenging in Cardiff excites me very much,”

“I’ll thrive off having a big crowd against me. It’ll push me on. It’ll be hostile but I don’t think it’ll be nasty.”

“Besides, I’m a traveller who’s witnessed a lot of unpleasant things in my life.”

“I’m coming for war!”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie