Joe Cordina will make the maiden defence of his IBF Tremendous-Featherweight world title towards necessary challenger Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on the Etihad Enviornment in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday November 5, stay to subscribers worldwide on DAZN (excluding South Korea and MENA).
Cordina vs. Rakhimov lands on the undercard of the large WBA light-heavyweight world title conflict between undefeated rivals Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto Zurdo Ramirez – Matchroom’s first ever present within the United Arab Emirates.
‘The Welsh Wizard’ (15-0, 9 KOs) captured the well-known pink and gold belt with a stunning one-punch knockout of Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa on a memorable night time on the Motorpoint Enviornment Cardiff earlier this 12 months in June to turn into the newest Welsh world champion.
Tajikistan’s Rakhimov (16-0-1, 13 KOs) challenged for the vacant IBF belt towards an obese Joseph Diaz on the Fantasy Springs On line casino in Indio final 12 months – pushing the American all the way in which in a majority draw for the title that solely he might win.
‘Shere Khan’ was introduced with a second alternative to combat for the IBF 140lbs World Title towards Ogawa – however was pressured to withdraw from the scheduled bout resulting from harm. The 27-year-old is at the moment the best ranked contender with the IBF.
“I do know it’s going to be a tricky combat so I’m going to be ready for 12 arduous rounds,” stated Cordina.
“I do know I’m going to must chunk down on my gumshield and dig my toes in. It’s going to get powerful in there however I’m going to be ready for that.
“Nothing has actually modified since I gained the world title again in June. My mentality continues to be the identical, I nonetheless need to be the very best on the earth – I need to win extra titles.
“I’ve reached my objective of turning into world champion however now I’ve set new objectives which embrace turning into a unified and undisputed world champion.
“It’s nice to be part of the primary present in Abu Dhabi. I’ve been part of some huge nights in boxing – the Joshua vs. Klitschko present in entrance of a sold-out Wembley Stadium, Bramall Lane Stadium with Kell Brook towards Errol Spence and two Joshua fights on the Principality Stadium.
“To be part of one other historic present is unbelievable and one other one ticked off my checklist.”
“We’ve got an enormous night time of World Championship boxing deliberate for Abu Dhabi on November 5 and Joe Cordina vs. Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov is the primary addition to an all-action undercard,” stated Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn.
“The Welsh Wizard landed the IBF Tremendous-Featherweight World Title with an epic one-punch knockout win in his residence metropolis earlier this 12 months however that’s simply the beginning of the journey for Welsh boxing’s newest star.
“Joe has ambitions of turning into undisputed at 130lbs however first he must get previous an extremely powerful first defence within the form of IBF primary Rakhimov who has already challenged for the IBF crown.”