Hellraiser vows to take Horn to school
fight for his life following a horrific car accident which severed his stomach when he was just two.
He can’t remember too much about it, only that he ended up under a van and the injury came extremely close to rupturing his kidneys.
The accident has left a large scar across his stomach which “Hellraiser” Corcoran uses as proof that he’s a tough fighter.
“When I was a kid, I was hit by a van,” he said in his heavy Irish accent from his base on the outskirts of London.
“I just ended up under a van as a kid at two years of age. So I’m a tough f---er.
“(This fight) is for a world title and you just have to fight when you get these opportunities, and I’m going to take this opportunity.”
Death doesn’t faze the Englishman following the accident and he promised to wage war in the ring when he took on Horn to become the new world welterweight champion.
“Everything shuts down when I’m in the ring,” he said.
“I just block it out and put my head down and fight – just getting ready for war.
“I’m ready to give my life in the ring.
“I’ve just always been like that, it’s just me. If I die, I die.”
Corcoran’s trainer Peter Stanley said the Battle of Bris- bane would shape up more like the Battle of Britain, where the RAAF defeated the German Luftwaffe against the odds in 1940.
“It’s that bulldog spirit and Gary’s definitely got that tenacity,” he said.
“You’ve got two boys who are going to go to war. You’ve got a boy who’s a teacher and you’ve got a boy who used to hit teachers. You’ve got a boy from England. You’ve got a boy from Australia. What more do you want?”
Horn will be looking to defend his world title against Corcoran after beating Manny Pacquiao in Brisbane in July.
The comparison between Horn and Corcoran is uncanny – both have had 17 wins.
“Physically, there’s not a great difference,” Stanley said. “It’s going to be a great fight. I’m ready to get the popcorn out and sit in the front row.” ENGLISH boxer Gary Corcoran is planning to come out swinging against Jeff Horn in their WBO world welterweight title fight on December 13.
The 27-year-old this weekend ramped up his training for the Battle of Brisbane before he is due to fly to Australia on Monday week.
UK’s fourth-ranked welterweight boxer said he had looked at Horn’s fighting technique and planned to wear him down in the early rounds.
“Jeff’s a good fighter,” said Corcoran, who is nicknamed the Hellraiser.
“He’s a pretty direct fighter. Once I jump in the ring though, I wear fighters out quick.”
His trainer Peter Stanley said Corcoran was in his best fighting shape leading in to next month’s fight.
“Gary’s training for this fight like he does for every other one,” he said.
“He’s as fit as ever and it should be an interesting fight.
“I’ve seen how Jeff fights. He’s very good at what he does.
“He’s very tenacious, very tough, a come-forward fighter. It’s no mystery how he fights.”
Stanley said it would be interesting to see if Horn had anything “left in the tank” following his shock victory over decorated world champion Manny Pacquiao in July.
“I did watch the Manny fight,” he said.
“I thought (Jeff) won it but I can see where the controversy was. I think he had a very tough ninth round and I don’t know how he came through that but fair play to him. We’ll find out what he took out of him when we’re there.”