Corcoran ready for ring return

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 June 2018

Gary Corcoran of Wembley (pic: John Walton/PA)

Gary Corcoran of Wembley (pic: John Walton/PA)

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Wembley’s Gary Corcoran returns to the ring for the first time this year when he competes on a Frank Warren show at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

The 27-year-old welterweight has been out of the ring since being stopped by then-WBO world champion Jeff Horn in the Australian’s native Brisbane in December.

Corcoran had been scheduled to face Belfast rival Paddy Gallagher in Northern Ireland, but the latter has been forced to withdraw from the bout with a broken jaw.

At the time of writing, Gallagher’s replacement has yet to be named ahead of Saturday’s bout.

In his last fight against Horn, who famously won his world title by beating the legendary Manny Pacquiao on points, Corcoran turned in a brave display, despite being given little hope by pundits ahead of the bout.

It was only his second defeat in 19 bouts in the pro ranks, and the 27-year-old hopes Saturday’s fight in Belfast marks a return to winning ways.

*Former Dale Youth amateur Daniel Dubois made it eight straight wins in the pro ranks by stopping Hatfield’s Tom Little to win the English heavyweight title as the talented 20-year-old continues to impress.

Dubois was taken past three rounds for the first time at The O2, but triumphed in the fifth after referee Terry O’Connell intervened with Little taking plenty of blows.

*Stonebridge duo Adem Bencheman and Kolawole Koyejo both collected gold medals in their respective categories at the Haringey Box Cup.

Bencheman took on Chijioke Amechi of Double Jab in the final of the Senior B 56kg category, with the Stonebridge man taking a close decision.

Club colleague Koyejo, meanwhile, was more emphatic in his win over River Boam of Moneyfields in the Senior B 81kg Group A final.

IQ Neasden’s Ernest Wojcik also reached the final of his category at the event, which is held at the iconic Alexandra Palace.

However, Wojcik had to be content with a silver medal after losing Nick Leahy of Fitzpatrick’s in the final of the Senior B 64kg Group A category.

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