‘PEXICAN’ BEEF

Gar­ton will go to war with Cor­co­ran for the the Bri­tish wel­ter­weight ti­tle

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AT the Brent­wood Cen­tre on Satur­day (Oc­to­ber 20), there’s a fas­ci­nat­ing va­cant Bri­tish wel­ter­weight tus­sle be­tween Gary Cor­co­ran and Johnny Gar­ton. For Cor­co­ran, it will be his sec­ond shot at Lons­dale hon­ours, while, for Gar­ton, it will be his first.

Cor­co­ran, 18-2 (8), fought for the ti­tle in 2016, los­ing a fre­netic bat­tle with Liam Wil­liams in round 11, be­fore re­group­ing with a split-de­ci­sion win against Larry Ekun­dayo for a WBO in­tercon­ti­nen­tal belt. This, in­cred­i­bly, led to a WBO world ti­tle shot against Jeff Horn in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, and though he came up short, stopped in round 11, the 27-year-old’s stock rose con­sid­er­ably on ac­count of a gutsy per­for­mance.

Gar­ton [above], on the other hand, has flown un­der the radar since turn­ing pro in 2011. He was stopped on a cut four years ago in a Prize­fighter quar­ter-fi­nal against Sam Eg­ging­ton, and then drew a South­ern Area ti­tle fight with Martin Welsh a year later, but, those blips aside, has mostly had it all his own way so far. He stopped Welsh in a re­match, he stopped Ryan Fields to win the English ti­tle, and he then suc­cess­fully de­fended it with a points win over Tyler Good­john.

Now, Gar­ton, 22-1-1 (9), has the chance, at 31, can prove he be­longs at the top of the do­mes­tic pile by edg­ing a tight one.

Ex­cit­ing light-heavy­weight An­thony Yarde, 16-0 (15), looks to con­tinue his as­cent with a win against Ar­gentina’s Wal­ter Gabriel Se­queira, 21-4 (15), on the Brent­wood bill. They meet over 10 rounds.

There aren’t many recog­nis­able names on the Se­queira record, but a 12-round de­ci­sion loss against Avni Yildirim, a Chris Eubank Jr vic­tim at mid­dleweight, is as re­veal­ing as any of his 21 vic­to­ries.

Yarde should be backed to win in­side sched­ule.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/PETER CZIBORRA

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