Cordina set for title tilt on Joshua’s Cardiff bill
WALES’ Joe Cordina will fight for his first title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight unification fight against Joseph Parker on March 31.
‘The Welsh Wizard’ will box at the Principality Stadium for the second time in his career after sampling a taste of the big-arena atmosphere over four rounds when Joshua was last in Cardiff in October.
Cordina will face Andy Townend for the WBA International lightweight title in his hometown, his first shot at a strap in what will be his seventh outing in the professional ranks.
The 28-year-old from Barnsley, who boasts a record of 20-4, represents Cordina’s biggest challenge yet.
“This is the perfect fight for me to start 2018,” said Cordina. “It’s a big step up for me. Andy is a proven fighter, just look at his record – there’s a lot of knockouts against some decent names.
“There’s no doubting he’s dangerous, so I’ll have to bring my A-game. I think I’m more than capable of beating him to win my first title, but I’m sure he thinks it too, it’s a good fight for the fans.”
The last time Cordina boxed in his hometown, he was the float and ended up being rushed on before the main event, winning the shortened bout against Lesther Cantillano.
Fights on the undercard went on longer than many expected, meaning there was even a chance Cordina would be denied his chance to fight on the big stage in front of his home fans.
As it happened, he was thrust into the ring with no walk-on and, by his own admission, perhaps tried too hard to get the knockout.
But boxing in front of more than 70,000 fans in his own backyard is an experience the St Mellons boy is looking forward to repeating.
“It’ll be great to fight at the Principality Stadium again,” he said. “I didn’t really have time to soak it all in last time, but I’m grateful looking back I fought in front of so many people.”