Francis Barrett and Billy Corcoran have particular reason to look forward to the Hennessy Sports “Born To Do It’ promotion at the Wembley Conference Centre on Friday November 12th.
Both will be boxing in front of a raucous hometown crowd; Corcoran for the first time ever, Barrett for the first time with a title on the line. “I am banking on my boys to turn out as usual get behind me,” said the popular Barrett, who made history by carrying out the Irish Tricolour at the Atlanta Olympics at just the age of eighteen. “I might need a few choruses of the “Fields of Athen Rye’ to get through this one. Bosworth is one tough cookie, a real scrapper.” Barrett, 15(2)-2 and Alan Bosworth meet for the formers EU light welterweight title and a potential crack at the full EBU crown. A blood and guts affair is expected. “I have a lot of time for Bosworth, he always gives it everything,” added twenty-seven-year-old Francis. “He is a bit like me in that he never takes a backwards step. There’s going to be fireworks when we meet in the middle. I certainly won’t be giving any quarter. I am like the Duracell bunny when I get going so know I can outlast him. I am hoping to break him down for a late stoppage. That will put me in a fantastic position, hopefully allowing me to go on to challenge for the full European title.”
Corcoran â€“ of the same Galway ancestry â€“ is similarly looking to put in a big performance. “It is time for me to push on now,” began the twenty-three-year-old, 9(3)-1-1. “A first fight in my own backyard will provide me with the perfect platform to do that. Given the number of relatives me and Francis have in the area I reckon the roof is going to be lifted of the gaff. I should be competing in an eight rounder, my first one of the year. A good win will put me bang in the title picture going into 2005. Hopefully then I will be able to emulate Francis and fight for a title in Wembley. If we get a big enough bandwagon going we might have to upgrade to the football stadium!”
Daws promises big things.
Light welterweight Lenny Daws has promised to win titles for his loyal band of fans that have recently become known as the “Morden Massive.’ “Regardless of whenever and wherever I fight, the usual suspects always get coaches together and come and support me,” said the twenty-five-year-old. “I think it is the amount of noise they make that has attracted people’s attention. You could say they are a bit excitable! “That helps me though; makes me get up for each and every occasion. I can particularly remember when I suffered a flash knockdown in my fight in January against Dennis Alekseev. The noise in the venue was deafening as I got to my feet. The atmosphere became electric and I went on to stop him two rounds later. I may well just have to dedicate my first title to the “Morden Massive!’”
That first title may well be just around the corner.
“I am 8-0 now so would like to think that come the middle of next year I will be strapping a belt around my waist,” added Daws.
“There are a lot of big fights out there for me from Area level right the way up to the world scene. I fully intend to tread every step on the ladder.”
Next up for “Lightning’ Daws is an eight rounder on the Hennessy Sports “Born To Do It’ promotion at the Wembley Conference Centre on November 12th.
“Born To Do It’ takes place at the Wembley Conference Centre on Friday November 12th. The headline contest sees Junior Witter defend his European light welterweight title against Poland’s Krzystof Bienias. A full bill is available at www.HennessySports.com. Tickets are available on 0870 060 0870.