Joe Cordina has the prospect to turn out to be the IBF Tremendous-Featherweight champion by beating Kenichi Ogawa on the Motorpoint Area in his hometown of Cardiff this weekend.
The undefeated fighter, who boasts a 14-0 report, is assured he’ll realise his dream on Saturday night earlier than Wales play Ukraine the next day in a World Cup play-off – capping off an epic week of occasions within the UK.
“It’s an enormous weekend for Welsh sport,” Cordina instructed talkSPORT. “Not solely that, it’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee additionally that weekend which is nice. It’s wonderful for Wales, it’s wonderful for everybody attending the boxing or the soccer.”
The 30-year-old will not be overawed forward of his first world title bid and believes he has the beating of Ogawa.
“He’s a world champion so he’s a great fighter however I don’t suppose he’s fought anyone like me,” Cordina mentioned. “He’s had quite a lot of fights towards individuals with poor data. Not more than ten fights with half and half losses and wins.
“Don’t get me fallacious, he’s fought Tevin Farmer who’s world degree and has been a world champion, however he acquired completed for doping and I assumed he misplaced that struggle, Tevin Farmer received that struggle actually.
“I don’t suppose he’s had many fights the place they’ve been technically nice or superb, however he’s assembly somebody on June 4th who’s technically good, has been on the pinnacle of the amateurs, seen each fashion there may be, and boxed some nice fighters.”
Ogawa’s largest profession win over Farmer was overturned to a no-contest and he was suspended from the game for six months after he examined constructive for 2 kinds of androstanediol – an artificial testosterone.
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The 2016 Olympian insists he’s not involved about Ogawa probably dishonest of their upcoming struggle and says both approach he’ll be strolling out the world as champion.
“It’s at the back of your thoughts however I don’t give a monkey’s,” Cordina mentioned.
“I’ll go in I’ll do my job, he’ll do his job and clearly, if he will get completed for doping, anti-doping do their job. No matter what he’s taking or what he’s doing, I plan on doing a job on him.”
All being nicely on Saturday evening, Cordina is hoping to maneuver straight into huge fights towards the likes of unified super-featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson, who has beforehand expressed a willingness to come back to the UK for a struggle with him.
“It’s a struggle that I’d love, and I’m a fan of his as a result of I’m a boxing fan firstly, he mentioned. “However I again myself towards anybody and it’s a struggle I’d love.
“I’m that type of individual, any problem I’m keen to hit head on. I’ve been shouting for a world title for ages, and I’ve acquired one now. God keen, I get the job completed on Saturday in fashion, I’ll be seeking to unify.”
Earlier than that occurs, although, Cordina might be in attendance on the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium the next day to look at Gareth Bale and co. attempt to attain one other World Cup.
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