Paul Wheeler talks to a man who is preparing for a surprise world title shot
‘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].
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.
Train hard and don’t mess around.
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.
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.