Eddie’s ready to do the rounds again

PUBLISHED: 14:36 23 November 2011

Eddie Corcoran (red shorts) defeats Sergejs Volodins

Eddie Corcoran (red shorts) defeats Sergejs Volodins

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After more than two and a half years out of the ring, you’d think most fighters would be thoroughly content with a second-round knockout.

But Neasden welterweight Eddie Corcoran admits he would rather have gone the distance during his recent comeback victory against Sergejs Volodins at York Hall.

The 26-year-old is attempting to rebuild his stamina after persistent back and knee injuries threatened to end a promising career – so he wants four full rounds the next time he steps into the ring.

“Obviously he went in the second round and I’m glad to win but actually I’d really have preferred to get more rounds,” Corcoran told the Times. “I need to work my way up again, from four rounds to six and then eight.

“As soon as you can do eight, you’ll do 12, in my opinion. Hopefully I’ll be fighting again before Christmas and get the full four rounds – that’d be nice but I’ll see what comes along.

“I want to feel my way back into it and get another couple of fights under my belt, then I want something that’ll give me confidence like a Southern Area title or English title and I definitely want to do that next year.”

Corcoran is one of four boxing brothers – the eldest of them, Billy, won the English super featherweight title and unsuccessfully challenged Carl Johanneson for the British crown.

Simon still boxes at amateur level for Stowe ABC, Paddington, while light-welterweight Gary has just joined the paid ranks and won his first contest against Billy Smith at Wembley Arena earlier this month.

Eddie also fought at light-welterweight when he started out five years ago, racking up six straight victories before a sixth-round defeat by Denton Vassell – now the Commonwealth welterweight champion.

Until recently, that loss in March 2009 looked as if it might have brought down the curtain on Corcoran’s career – and the boxer himself wondered ‘a number of times’ if he would ever make a comeback.

“When I fought Vassell my fitness and mentality weren’t there and I just knew in myself I shouldn’t have gone into it. I gave it a go, but it didn’t pan out for the best,” Corcoran recalled.

“With that said, I think I probably would have beaten him in the end. But the back injury kept me out for a long time and then my knee kept going every time I tried to come back.

“There was no point in me getting in the ring and looking stupid, but Jeff Armand, my trainer at Stowe, kept telling me ‘you’re good enough and you’re only 26, you’ve got to give it a really good go’.

“It’s been really hard, but I’ve had a good six months now and the time was right. The atmosphere was brilliant, that’s something I’ve really missed and I feel I’m back on track now, which is a good feeling.”

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