Corcoran set for British title fight after defeating Godding at Wembley Arena

PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 July 2015

Gary Corcoran (black/white shorts) defeats Rick Godding at Wembley Arena. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGSPHOTO

Gary Corcoran (black/white shorts) defeats Rick Godding at Wembley Arena. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGSPHOTO

23/07/2015 Philip Sharkey/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way, Braintree, Essex, CM7 3LR,

Wembley light-middleweight Gary Corcoran is set for a British title shot after coming through a gruelling encounter to defeat Rick Godding on points.

Corcoran, who extended his unbeaten record to 13, survived a cut above his eye and a scare in the fifth round to emerge triumphant on a unanimous decision at Wembley Arena.

The fight was billed as an eliminator for the British title and now the 24-year-old is keen to box for the crown as soon as possible after completing 10 rounds for the first time in his professional career.

“He’d had a lot more fights than me and, although there were things I did wrong at times, those can be put right,” said Corcoran.

“The cut did not bother me, my corner did a good job. Now let’s get the British title fight on – I don’t care who it is, let’s get it on.”

Corcoran established control from the opening bell and kept his opponent on the back foot, but a clash of heads in the second round opened up a cut over the Wembley fighter’s left eye.

A right-hander in the fifth left Corcoran stumbling – but, despite those setbacks, he recovered and forced the Bolton man against the ropes, slamming home short-range hooks and upper-cuts.

All three judges – Dave Parris (99-91), Terry O’Connell (97-93) and Stephen Gray (99-92) – scored the fight comfortably in Corcoran’s favour.

Later on the bill, Harrow Weald super-featherweight Mitchell Smith took just two minutes and 42 seconds to retain his WBO inter-continental belt by knocking out Dennis Tubieron.

The Filipino fighter was unable to cope with the power of a blockbuster right hook that thudded into his ribs and sent him to the canvas. Referee Gray counted Tubieron out to confirm a third successive stoppage for Smith, taking his professional record to 13 victories and no defeats.

“I trained hard for this fight, but people don’t realise just how hard I hit,” said Smith. “There is talk about moving down to featherweight – but I’m winning at this weight.”

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