Triumphant Corcoran eyes slot on Frank Warren’s December show

PUBLISHED: 11:27 07 November 2012

Gary Corcoran (silver/black shorts) defeats Ross Payne

Gary Corcoran (silver/black shorts) defeats Ross Payne

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Trainer Mark Tibbs is hoping to secure Gary Corcoran a place on Frank Warren’s pre-Christmas extravaganza following his first-round victory last week.

The 21-year-old welterweight prospect from Wembley steamrollered hapless Ross Payne in just over two minutes to register his fifth straight pro success at York Hall on Thursday.

Tibbs revealed that Corcoran will return to the ring in January, but he is also keen for him to appear on the undercard of Warren’s five-title fight bill at the ExCel Centre on December 15.

“I would like Frank Warren to ring me up Monday morning and say ‘let’s get Gary out December’,” said Tibbs. “It will be Gary’s Christmas present if he gets it, who knows?

“Gary had some fantastic sparring with some world class fighters and he has improved in the last three months, so I know he’s had some rounds under his belt.

“He’s very strong – his conditioning is unbelievable, also his ring craft and he lives the life. Gary’s only 21, so he has a long way to go, but it’s all there.”

Corcoran – who is the youngest of three boxing brothers – was stepping up to six rounds for the first time in his year-long professional career, but the contest lasted nowhere near that long.

Redhill-based Payne came into the fight with a ‘tough guy’ reputation, but was unable to deal with Corcoran’s power and crumpled after taking a big right-hander.

Corcoran’s brother Eddie – who is due to fight for the Southern Area light-middleweight title, was ringside at York Hall and commented: “He [Payne] gave it a go, but the ref was right to stop it – he was getting hurt bad.”

Warren’s show in December already features Hammersmith’s Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves, who is defending his belt against veteran ex-world title holder Glen Johnson.

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