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