Joe Cordina takes on Kenichi Ogawa in Cardiff on Saturday aiming for greatness

Joe Cordina appears to be like to land energy on Faroukh Kourbanov at SSE Wembley Enviornment. Photograph by Dave Thompson for Matchroom

Extremely-skilled Welsh boxer Joe Cordina will problem Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF junior light-weight title on the Motorpoint Enviornment, Cardiff on Saturday.

Cordina, who was a standout beginner, preventing at Commonwealth, European, World Championships and Olympic video games, is closing in on his objective within the skilled ranks.

“It’s thrilling time, it’s the whole lot I’ve wished,” Cordina (14-0, 8 knockouts) advised The Ring. “It’s a giant alternative for me to alter not solely my life however my household’s life and put my identify down within the historical past books as a world champion. It’s a giant alternative and I’ll seize it with each palms.”

The 30-year-old appreciates Ogawa will present his greatest check so far, however he feels he’s greater than able to overcoming it.

“He’s an excellent fighter, he’s a world champion so he’s acquired to be good,” he mentioned. “He hasn’t acquired one factor that’s unbelievably nice however he does the whole lot nicely.

“I’ve mentioned it earlier than there’s a load of world champions – whether or not it was at light-weight or junior light-weight – that I’m able to beating.”

Ogawa is predicted to attempt to use his bodily energy and brute energy, whereas Cordina will probably off-set that together with his sensible boxing.

Nonetheless, Cordina disputes he’ll look to win the combat on the backfoot and feels his time at light-weight will serve him nicely and permit him to carry his personal.

“I’ve boxed at 135 and I held my very own weight-wise with everybody [I fought],” he reasoned. “Gavin Gwynne might be one of many greatest lightweights there’s and bodily sturdy as nicely. You had [Sean] “Masher” Dodd who was bodily sturdy as nicely.

“Once I went all the way down to 130, to be trustworthy, I can’t say I didn’t really feel it as a result of in the event that they hit you proper, you’re going to mattress, however bodily I don’t suppose if I press him, he’ll be capable of dwell with me however on the identical time I’ve acquired boxing potential and I can combat on the within. You’ll see on the night time, I’ll field, I’ll combat, I’ll push him backwards, I’d go backwards however I’ll come out victorious.”

Cordina, who as traditional has educated diligently below the watchful eye of Tony Sims in Essex, is proud to deliver big-time boxing again to his hometown.

“I’ve acquired to thank Eddie [Hearn] for getting it over the road, Eddie and DAZN made that occur,” he mentioned. “[Ogawa] most likely wished it in Japan however we managed to get him over to Wales. I’m simply completely satisfied it’s in my hometown.

“The Motorpoint is an area that I grew up going to occasions, it’s proper within the coronary heart of town and it’s an excellent feeling.

“The one factor that may be extra satisfying than successful a world title in my hometown can be preventing on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium, successful it there.”

That could be a objective for additional down the street and perhaps the form of event that might entice one among boxing burgeoning stars throughout the pond.

“[Shakur Stevenson] has mentioned in a few interviews that he’s completely satisfied to come back to the U.Okay. and within the U.Okay. he solely charges me at 130,” Cordina mentioned. “We’ve been to the Olympics collectively. Though I’m a boxer, I’m a boxing fan and I charge him extremely.

“I again myself in opposition to anybody. It’s a combat I’d love. Particularly in my hometown within the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium however on the identical time I’ve acquired a job to do. Once I come by this combat, we are able to have a look at that combat however till then it’s on the backburner.”

Ogawa (26-1-1, 18 KOs) turned skilled in 2010. The heavy-handed Japanese fighter received his first eight fights earlier than tasting defeat in opposition to Yuki Miyoshi (TKO 5). Two fights later, Ogawa gained revenge stopping Miyoshi in one-round. He went on to win the Japanese title and make 5 profitable defenses. Ogawa headed to America and met Tevin Farmer for the vacant IBF 130-pound title. Though Ogawa was controversially introduced because the winner by break up determination, the end result was later expunged and altered to a no-contest when it was revealed Ogawa had examined constructive for a banned substance.

After over a yr on the sidelines, Ogawa returned and labored his approach again up the mountain with a handful of wins. When the IBF title was once more vacant, the 34-year-old bested Azinga Fuzile by way of 12-round unanimous determination in November 2021.

Ogawa-Cordina, plus full supporting undercard, will probably be broadcast on DAZN, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT and seven p.m. GMT.

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