Predictions for Liam Williams v Gary Corcoran

Published On Thursday, July 7, 2016By British Boxing News

Two of the UK’s top super-welterweight prospects, Liam Williams (14-0-1) and Gary Corcoran (15-0), will do battle this weekend in what could be a fight of the year contender.  

The bitter rivals, both unbeaten in 15 fights, will lock horns in a grudge match with genuine needle between them.   Known as the ‘Hell Raiser’ for his ferocious fighting style, 25-year-old Corcoran from London has ripped through his first 15 opponents, claiming six knockouts along the way.   Williams blasted through his last two opponents in devastating fashion, starting back exactly where he left off 12 months prior before the injury woes when he obliterated Michael Lomax in the first round to win the Commonwealth title in November 2014. His previous five fights have all been against a decent level.   The clash of styles and the power and aggression within that ring on July 16th should create fireworks for as long as it lasts. Willias v Corcoran Tale of the Tape   BBN asked a panel of experts consisting of pro boxers, trainers and promoters for their view on the intriguing British and Commonwealth title clash, where someone’s ‘0’ has got to go. Here's what they said:  

Tommy-Langford-July-16 Tommy Langford Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental champion   “Having sparred a lot with Liam and the fact we are good friends, I can’t see anything but a Williams win.   I think he’s the better boxer and if he keeps his cool will outbox and break down Corcoran. Corcoran is very tough, busy and fit, and a good fighter in his own right, I just feel that Liam is a level above.   Williams' win by middle rounds stoppage.”  

Antony Upton UCB small Anto Upton English title contender   “Liam Williams via late stoppage. He’s a class fighter, I’ve been watching him for a while and I highly rate him. It’s a fight I’ll definitely be watching.”  

Carl Greaves punch Carl Greaves Carl Greaves Promotions   “Having seen Gary close up through the sparring he’s done with my fighter David Avanesyan, I feel this is going to be a very close fight.   Gary has got an excellent engine and under new trainer Frank Greaves he has become more of a box-fighter and applies intelligent pressure rather than just relentless all-action.   Liam is a world-class fighter in my opinion; on fight night I think he will be the much bigger man but if Gary can hang in there and start pushing him back late on, then we could see a upset.   I’m finding this one hard to call, I think it’s going to be an absolute war but I have to go with a Williams victory either by late stoppage or points.”  

Tey Lynn Jones 2 Tey Lynn Jones Unbeaten middleweight   “I believe Liam Williams’ more experience of tougher opponents and power will edge this fight with Corcoran, however Corcoran’s aggression could unsettle Williams.   But whatever the outcome, this fight could easily become fight of the night, most looking forward to this brawl!”  

GH and TR cropped Tim Rickson TR Sports   “Both fighters are exceptional talents and very closely matched.   I believe that Corcoran’s aggressive style will create openings for Williams to exploit, which will be dangerous for him as the Welshman has devastating power in both hands.   I watched him obliterate Michael Lomax in the first round from accurate right hands that rocked him and, although he stayed up, he was so unsteady on his feet. Then, there was the left jab that ended the fight with Kris Carslaw, he was down the round before so it wasn’t a one punch KO but to end the fight with a jab is testament to his power.   Williams has stopped his last six opponents and been involved in two major title fights which I think gives him a very slight edge in experience at the higher lever even though Corcoran won the WBO Inter-Continental super-welterweight title in his last fight and his previous three wins have been against top opponents, two of those unbeaten at the time.   The Londoner’s punch power is more accumulative and relentless than it is concussive. I think his best bet is to be the busier fighter and to try to win on points. However, 12-rounds is a big ask against a heavy-handed opponent.   I think it will be competitive throughout but I predict a sixth-round stoppage win to Liam Williams.”  

Niall Doran and Andy Lee Niall Doran Boxing News & Views   “Terrific stylistic matchup between two up-and-coming fighters chomping at the bit.   It’s a tough one to call but if I had to call it, I’d lean towards a stoppage in the late rounds for Williams. Cracking fight though!”  

Steve Wood VIP Promotions   “I’m going Williams by late stoppage.   Been impressed with Corcoran’s work rate when he beat two of my fighters Skelton and Godding, who are both decent kids.   He found a way on both those nights to win and obviously in all his other fights as well, as he is unbeaten so it is hard for me to back against him.   I just believe, even though technically Liam is not as good as both my fighters that Gary beat, he hits harder and is more compact, so the style will suit him.”  

miles-shinkwin-celebrates Miles Shinkwin Former Southern Area champion   “I believe that Corcoran has the style that will make Williams look sensational. I rate Gary and remember him well from the amateur days when he boxed my cousin but believe Liam is a level or two above him and his class will show after the halfway mark.”  

Mark Tibbs Former pro and boxing trainer “This is an intriguing one for me as I trained Gary up until about a year and half ago. Gary and Jeff Almond - his amateur coach - wanted this fight two years ago. Gary's a problem for anyone because of his aggression and engine, but this could also be his downfall, Williams can punch and is accurate, if Gary has got cuter then he may well become champ, if he has not, in my opinion he may well get stopped. Good luck to both unbeaten men, hats off