Shavkat Rakhimov vs Joe Cordina: Everything You Need To Know

We've got you covered ahead of a top night of boxing Cardiff
07:00, 18 Apr 2023

Joe Cordina is aiming to become a two-time world champion this weekend when he takes on IBF super-featherweight title holder Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in his home city of Cardiff. 

‘Welsh Wizard’ Cordina picked up the IBF strap in stunning fashion last year but was stripped shortly after when an injury meant that he couldn’t defend against Rakhimov. Instead, the Tajikistani fighter claimed the vacant title for himself, beating Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett by knockout. Now these two will finally go head-to-head and we’ll get to see who deserves the belt more.  

Here’s everything you need to know about a top night of boxing in Wales. 

Where: Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales

When: Saturday, 22 April, 2023 

How To Watch: DAZN. The event is set to get underway at 7pm in the UK, with ringwalks for the main event scheduled for 10pm.

Tale Of The Tape:


Place Of Birth: Cardiff, Wales

Age: 31

Alias: Welsh Wizard 

Record: 15-0 (9)

Height: 5’9’’

Reach: 69’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Cordina scored arguably the stoppage of the year in his last fight, obliterating Kenichi Ogawa with a one-punch KO in the second round to pick up the IBF super-featherweight bauble in spectacular fashion in Cardiff last June. 


Place Of Birth: Bokhtar, Tajikistan

Age: 28

Alias: Shere Khan 

Record: 17-0-1 (14) 

Height: 5’8½’’ 

Reach: N/A 

Stance: Southpaw 

Last Fight: Rakhimov picked up the IBF strap Cordina was stripped of by stopping Zelfa Barrett in nine rounds in November at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. 

What They Say:

Cordina: “I saw Rakhimov in Abu Dhabi and he’s certainly a good fighter.

“I respect him, he’s strong and tough but you need to have more than that to beat me. I never lost my belt in the ring, so my mindset is that I’m going to be walking in as the champion and leaving as the champion. Last time out, the fans were unreal and I can’t wait to experience that incredible atmosphere again in Cardiff.”

Fight Card:

Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov vs Joe Cordina, IBF super-flyweight world title

Gavin Gwynne vs Craig Woodruff, BBBofC British lightweight title 

Zelfa Barrett vs Jason Sanchez, super-featherweight

Jordan Thompson vs Luke Watkins, IBF European cruiserweight title

Sandy Ryan vs Marie Pier Houle, vacant WBO world welterweight title 

Skye Nicholson vs Linda Laura Lecca, featherweight 

Sammy Lee vs Juris Zundovskis, light-heavyweight 

Brandon Scott vs Karan Gill, super-bantamweight 

Miles Gordon-Derby vs Phil Williams, heavyweight 

Nathan Howells vs Jahfieus Faure, super-featherweight 

Betfred Odds:

Cordina: 4/11

Rakhimov: 23/10

Draw: 16/1

Betfred's Rakhimov vs Cordina Fight Odds*

*18+ | BeGambleAware | Odds Subject To Change 

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