Liam Williams admits enjoyment from bitter verbal exchanges with Gary Corcoran
Clydach Vale’s Liam Williams (14-0-1, 9KO) has been involved in a bitter verbal exchange with Gary Corcoran (15-0, 6KO) but admits that he enjoys it because it helps him to prepare.
After arguing on Twitter over the last few months, the super-welterweights clashed in person during a frosty press conference at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff yesterday ahead of their meeting there on 16 July.
Williams, who will co-headline Frank Warren’s show on BoxNation TV (Sky Ch. 437), said: “I’ve got to be honest, I enjoy it. It’s good motivation and gets you psyched for the fight. It’s all building up to the fight, I haven’t really had this experience before.”
The needle almost spilled over in to a more serious physical altercation as the pair posed for the cameras. When face-to-face, Corcoran pushed his head into Williams’ face, who responded by forcefully shoving it away.
Queensberry Promotions’ Francis Warren was quick to separate them and Williams left the confrontation wearing a wide grin, especially in reaction to Corcoran’s continuous insistence that he’ll grant the Welshman a punch on his face for free.
“We got a big close, he dropped his head and started pushing it in to me. I just pushed it away,” said Williams. “He definitely won’t give me a free shot. The first one he gives me, he’s going to sleep. 100%, I’ve no doubt about it whatsoever.”
Tasked with protecting his British and Commonwealth belts, 24-year-old Williams insists his ill feeling towards Corcoran won’t affect his performance in less than four weeks’ time.
He said: “You’ve got to separate emotion because your game plan and what you set out to do goes out the window. Obviously, you’re not going to be able to forget everything that has gone on, it’s going to play a slight part but it is what it is. We’re having a fight.
“First of all, it was just a naturally rivalry but, I don’t know what it is, he just thinks a lot of himself. He’s quite cocky and I don’t really know what the reason for that is. I’ve seen nothing for him to think that, I don’t understand how he’s so confident, there’s no base for it.”
Corcoran has secured 30 rounds of experience in his last three outings, compared to Williams’ six rounds of action over the last 18 months. It was a stat that the visitor referenced to state an advantage over the Welshman, who naturally disagrees and is confident in his work behind closed doors.
He said: “I’m getting the rounds in, in the gym. I don’t believe it matters that much. Obviously, he’s done it in the ring and under the lights. It’s an advantage to a certain extent but at the end of the day, as long as the fitness is inside you, what does it matter how long your fights go?
“He’ll probably come flying forward, throwing wild shots like he normally does, slaps on top of the head. They’re no good punches, he throws them for the sake of throwing them but if he comes to box, I don’t give him much chance at all.”