Unbeaten super-featherweight Joe Cordina takes a huge step forward in his blossoming professional career this weekend when he takes on IBF world champion Kenichi Ogawa. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a monumental night in Cardiff for the ‘Welsh Wizard.’
Where: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
When: Saturday 4th June
How To Watch: DAZN. The main card gets underway at 7pm with ring walks for Cordina vs Ogawa expected at approximately 10pm.
Tale of the Tape:
Place Of Birth: Cardiff, Wales
Alias: Welsh Wizard
Record: 14-0 (8)
Last Fight: Cordina won the super featherweight WBA Continental belt by defeating Miko Khatchatryan by unanimous decision (100-90, 98-92, and 98-92) on the Conor Benn/Chris Algieri undercard in Liverpool last December.
Place Of Birth: Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan
Alias: Crush Right
Record: 26-1-1 (18)
Last Fight: Ogawa dropped South Africa’s Azinga Fuzile three times en route to a unanimous decision win on the Teofimo Lopez/George Kambosos undercard in November, picking up the IBF crown in the process.
What They Say:
“It’s a lifelong dream of mine to become a World Champion and a stepping stone to securing my family’s future and making all of the times missed with them worth it.
“I’ll be taking this opportunity with both hands; I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to win and be crowned the new IBF world super-featherweight champion."
Full Card (Subject To Change):
Kenichi Ogawa vs Joe Cordina
Faroukh Kourbanov vs Zelfa Barrett
Skye Nicolson vs Gabriela Bouvier
Monique Bux vs TBA
Calum French vs Ezequiel Gregores
Joe Morgan vs Rustem Fatkhullin
Kyron Jones vs Vasif Mamedov
Ben Crocker vs Evgeni Vazem