He’d also recall Hopkins, who at age 51 faced 27-year-old Joseph Smith Jr.
in a farewell fight, and was literally driven out of the ring by Smith’s punches in a knockout loss.
Sunday means sparring at the Ajax Boxing Club, and world-ranked junior middleweight Brandon Cook occupies the ring, putting in rounds ahead of a mid-December card he will headline in Mississauga.Corcoran’s coach, Mike Guyett, says that even though the fighter trains with the vigour of a man much younger than 46, age factors into how he prepares for fights.He says managing an older fighter’s fatigue means trading volume for quality.“Sometimes he’s got to remind me that he’s 46, because what I see in the gym doesn’t show me signs of a 46-year-old man,” Guyett said.Five years and two international masters championships later, Corcoran decided to test himself against professionals.While promoter Tyler Buxton acknowledges the idea of starting a career at 45 sounds outlandish, he points out that amateur and pro boxing offer similar levels of risk. “There’ll be 4,000 or 5,000 people (in the arena) wishing they had the confidence he has.As a hockey player, he reached senior A, and he had stints in Petrolia, Ont., and with his hometown team.When hockey ended at 22, Corcoran found boxing and quickly developed into a national-class middleweight vying for a slot on the 1998 Commonwealth Games team.To discover in mid-life that your long-term partner is having an affair is a shocking thing, and being single again takes a lot of getting used to. I signed up to the biggest of the no-cost sites, filled in the questionnaire, posted a photograph that hinted at hidden depth and took two hours to write and polish my profile, distilling life experience and interests into nuggets, and offering fascinating glimpses of my inner world. Earlier this year, having healed sufficiently to move from vodka to wine, it occurred to me that I needed to meet new people. Gratifyingly, half an hour later I had two messages. Corcoran is in a corner of the gym hitting pads with a coach, a bruise beneath his left eye from a mid-week sparring session, his hair the same shade of grey as his T-shirt. After 20 years away from the sport, Corcoran returned to it and turned pro on a whim.The 46-year-old police officer turned pro in May and is scheduled to fight on Cook’s undercard Dec. He lost his first fight and earned a draw in the rematch. Saturday offers his only chance to retire with a win.“We’re all type-A personalities, in this sport to win,” Corcoran said.