Q&A WITH GARY CORCORAN

Posted on 27 August 2014 in Interviews
Could 2014-15, be a 'break-out' campaign for Paddington light-middleweight Gary Corcoran?

The 23 year old who they call 'Hellraiser' has ripped through his first ten pro opponents and is looking ominously more formidable with each passing outing.

A natural born scrapper with a rich Irish traveller heritage, Corcoran begins his season at eight round level at the York Hall, Bethnal Green – live on BoxNation- on September 20th but is predicting that it will conclude with a title belt clasped around his midriff.

Last week, boxing writer Glynn Evans called him to reflect on his career to date and discuss his ambitions for 2014-15.
A bright talent to emerge on BoxNation screens last season was stylish Chingford super-middle Tom Baker. The 6ft 1in redhead with the ramrod left jab made five starts since July 2013 and excelled in each to advance his slate to a perfect 9-0.

The former two time senior English ABA finalist and regular England rep kick starts his new campaign with a six rounder at the York Hall on September 20TH. To see how he fares and to catch the whole card – tune into BoxNation, the Channel of Champions (Sky Ch.437 (HD490)/Sky Ch.546) from 7pm on fight night. Last week, boxing writer Glynn Evans caught up with quiet but likeable 22 year old to review his career thus far and discuss his aspirations for 2014-15.
Congratulations to Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook who delivered a world title to these shores last weekend and the fourth for the Ingle boxing factory.

'The Special One' won ugly in a very close tussle, bagging a tight majority decision. It was a messy but gripping 12 round encounter. Though Jim Watt at Sky Sports had 'Showtime Shawn' Porter retaining, two of the three official judges- the only opinions that counted- sided with the Yorkshire man.

Kenny Porter, father-trainer of the deposed champ has lodged a formal complaint to the IBF accusing Brook of excusive holding. Brook wasn't at his fluid best but deserves praise for getting himself across the line against a Yank in America.

With the majority of the British press, including me, picking against him, the 28 year old from the Steel City overcame a nasty gash and an early points deficit to get the win.
London Olympic 2012 Captain Tom Stalker will face fellow unbeaten fighter Chris Jenkins in a British Light Welterweight Title eliminator on Queensberry Promotions' 'Magnificent Seven Fight Again' bill at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 25th October, which will be live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).

Frank Warren won the purse bids this month for the contest and Liverpool favourite Stalker will be looking to put himself in line for a dream shot at the Lonsdale belt in early 2015. Stalker said: "It's always been a dream of mine to fight for the British title and I know by beating Jenkins it's going to put me in line to realise that dream."
Penge Welterweight Bradley Skeete and Enfield Super Middleweight Frank Buglioni will headline Queensberry Promotions' season opener at York Hall on Saturday 20th September live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546).

Skeete, hot on the trail of a British title shot, will defend his WBA Intercontinental Welterweight Championship on the bill after impressing with a 3rd round knockout win in his last outing against Steven Pearce.

Whilst big punching Enfield Super Middleweight Buglioni, makes his first appearance under the tutelage of new trainer, former World Super Middleweight Champion Steve Collins, in a 10 Round International Contest.
Tonight Sheffield's Kell Brook finally gets his chance to replicate British welterweight greats John H Stracey and Lloyd Honeyghan by capturing a world title on foreign climes.

The 28 year old who styles himself as 'The Special One' makes a mandatory challenge to Ohio's IBF champion 'Showtime Shawn' Porter at The Stubhub Center, Carson, California. Sky Sports televise live from 2am.
Tickets for promoter Frank Warren's 'Magnificent Seven Fight Again' show at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 25th October are now on sale.

The blockbuster event features some of the best talent in British boxing, including Merseyside stars: Paul Butler, Liam Smith, Derry Mathews and Kevin Satchell, plus Manchester hot-shot Terry Flanagan all in big title action, and on the undercard Chris Eubank Jnr., and many more.
Tickets for promoter Frank Warren's 'Magnificent Seven Fight Again' show at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 25th October will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 13th August) at midday.

The blockbuster event features some of the best talent in British boxing, including Merseyside stars: Paul Butler, Liam Smith, Derry Mathews, Terry Flanagan and Kevin Satchell, all in big title action, plus Chris Eubank Jnr., and many more.
Heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will settle their differences once and for all on Saturday 22nd November at the ExCeL London.

The bitter rivals have built up a lot of anger and frustration over the postponement of their fight last month and are now set to battle it out in an explosive battle for the European and Vacant British titles and a Final Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.
Tyson Fury's verbal barrage at a recent press conference when he came head-to-head with Dereck Chisora to promote their fight prior to the postponement was not a great image for the sport, but it has to be compared with the recent behavior of other high-profile boxers.

The Manchester giant has used swearing and extreme statements to create headlines for his fights, noteably against David Haye and Chisora, very few people take to it, but it is not what we expect from a leading fighter.

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