Joe Cordina has a shot at becoming the IBF Super Featherweight Champion by defeating Kenichi Ogawa this weekend at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Cardiff.
The undefeated fighter, who has a 14-0 record, is confident he can achieve his dream on Saturday night before Wales take on Ukraine in a World Cup play-off the next day, marking an epic week of events in Britain crowns.
“It’s a great weekend for Welsh sport,” Cordina told talkSPORT. “Not only that, it’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this weekend is great. It’s great for Wales, it’s great for anyone who’s in boxing or football.”
The 30-year-old is unimpressed ahead of his first world title bid and believes he has beaten Ogawa.
“He’s a world champion, so he’s a good fighter, but I don’t think he’s fought someone like me,” Cordina said. “He had a lot of fights against people with bad records. No more than ten fights with half and half losses and wins.
“Don’t get me wrong he fought Tevin Farmer who is world level and was world champion but he finished because of doping and I thought he lost that fight, Tevin Farmer really won that fight.
“I don’t think he’s had a lot of fights where they’ve been great technically or very good, but he’s going to face someone on June 4th who’s technically good, been at the top of the amateurs, seen every style there there, and boxed some great fighters.”
Ogawa’s biggest career win over Farmer was relegated to a no-contest and he was suspended from the sport for six months after testing positive for two types of androstanediol – a synthetic testosterone.
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The 2016 Olympian insists he’s not worried that Ogawa could possibly cheat in their upcoming fight and says he’ll walk out of the arena champion either way.
“It’s in the back of my mind, but I don’t care,” Cordina said.
“I’ll go in, I’ll do my job, he’ll do his job and of course if he gets done for doping, anti-doping will do their job. Regardless of what he takes or what he does, I plan to treat him.”
With everything going fine Saturday night, Cordina is hoping to jump straight into big fights against the likes of unified super featherweight champion Shakur Stevenson, who has previously expressed his willingness to come to the UK for a fight with him.
“It’s a fight I would love and I’m a fan of his because I’m a boxing fan first and foremost,” he said. “But I fight back against everyone and it’s a fight I would love.
“I’m that type of person, any challenge I’m ready to face head on. I’ve been screaming for a world title for ages and now I have one. God willing I’ll get work done in style on Saturday, I’ll try to unite.”
Before that happens though, Cordina will be present at Cardiff City Stadium the next day to watch Gareth Bale and co. try to reach another world championship.
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