60-SEC­OND IN­TER­VIEW

Paul Wheeler talks to a man who is prepar­ing for a sur­prise world ti­tle shot

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‘I HAVEN’T CRIED SINCE I WAS 10. ONE OF MY BROTH­ERS PROB­A­BLY PUNCHED ME OR SOME­THING!’ Gary Cor­co­ran

When and why you started box­ing:

I started box­ing be­cause I was brought up on it and I just fol­lowed my broth­ers into it. I was nine years old when I first started.

Favourite all-time fighter:

Roberto Du­ran. I just love the way he fought, and he beat some very good fight­ers.

Best fight you’ve seen:

Prob­a­bly the first Ar­turo Gat­tim­icky Ward fight [a 10-round ma­jor­ity ver­dict vic­tory for Ward in May 2002].

Per­sonal ca­reer high­light:

Win­ning the WBO In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal belt at two weights [wel­ter­weight and su­per-wel­ter].

Tough­est op­po­nent:

I’d say Liam Williams [l rsf 11 – July 2016], be­cause he was big­ger. It was a gru­elling fight for the two of us.

Best and worst at­tributes as a boxer:

My main strengths are that I’m a strong fighter and I come for­ward. I do have to learn how to box a bit more, though.

Train­ing tip:

Train hard and don’t mess around.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

My favourite restau­rant has to be TGI Fri­days. I like to have a steak

‘MY STRENGTHS ARE THAT I’M A STRONG FIGHTER AND I COME FOR­WARD. I DO HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO BOX A BIT MORE, THOUGH’

with sweet potato fries when I’m there. Best friends in box­ing: I’m with [train­ers] Pe­ter Stan­ley and Frank Greaves all the time. Other sports­man you would like to be:

Prob­a­bly a foot­baller. That would have been a lot eas­ier than be­ing a boxer! Last film/tv show you saw: [ TV se­ries] Ray Dono­van.

Who would play you in a film of your life:

Some­one who’s in good shape, like Ryan Gosling. Have you ever been starstruck: I don’t think I’ve ever met any­one fa­mous that I was starstruck by. I guess I was pretty starstruck when I saw my daugh­ter for the first time when she was born. Last time you cried: I haven’t cried since I was about 10. One of my broth­ers prob­a­bly punched me in the face or some­thing! Best ad­vice re­ceived: ‘You have to al­ways lis­ten and take ad­vice on board.’ That was from Paul Ar­mand, who was one of my am­a­teur coaches. Worst ru­mour about your­self: I haven’t heard any­thing yet, but I’d like to hear one! Some­thing not many peo­ple know about you:

I’m a New­cas­tle [United] fan.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES

Age: 26 Twit­ter: @Garycor­co­ran21 Nick­name: ‘Hell­raiser’ Height: 5ft 10 1/2ins Na­tion­al­ity: English From: Wem­b­ley Stance: Ortho­dox Record: 17-1 (7) Di­vi­sion: Wel­ter­weight Ti­tles: WBO In­ter-con­ti­nen­tal wel­ter­weight & su­per-wel­ter­weight Next fight: Cor­co­ran chal­lenges Jeff Horn for the WBO wel­ter­weight ti­tle in Bris­bane on De­cem­ber 13.

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