Wales’ Cordina stuns Ogawa to win world title

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Joe Cordina floors Kenichi Ogawa
Joe Cordina turns into world champion 5 years after turning skilled

Joe Cordina grew to become Wales’ thirteenth world champion as he surprised champion Kenichi Ogawa with a second-round knockout to take the IBF super-featherweight title.

Cordina turns into world champion in simply his fifteenth combat as knowledgeable after he produced the punch of a lifetime.

Cordina’s big proper hook floored the champion who was unable to rise as Cordina received a world title in probably the most dramatic of circumstances.

“I’m on high of the world,” Cordina declared after his sensational victory.

A slender favorite in opposition to a champion with actual pedigree, the style of Cordina’s victory will ship shockwaves by the super-featherweight division as he produced a thunderous shot to indicate he’s unquestionably snug at a world stage.

Cordina, a embellished beginner, has seen his alternatives restricted lately by a hand damage that required surgical procedure and threatened his profession.

Undefeated in 14 skilled fights since his debut in 2017, Cordina was boxing in his house metropolis for the primary time in 4 years as he bid to hitch Wales’ illustrious listing of a dozen world champions.

In entrance of half of that listing – Joe Calzaghe, Enzo Maccarinelli, Robbie Regan, Lee Selby, Gavin Rees and Barry Jones had been all ringside – Cordina produced a efficiency to make any Welsh combat fan proud.

Dwelling benefit decisive

Cordina, who grew up within the Cardiff suburbs of St Mellons and helps Cardiff Metropolis, was having fun with house benefit for less than the fourth time in professional ranks, having final boxed within the Welsh capital 4 years in the past on the Ice Enviornment.

This was an altogether greater proposition, with a capability crowd of 4,000 on the Motorpoint Enviornment, with Cordina personally promoting over 1,000 tickets as he appeared to fulfil his profession ambition in entrance of associates, household and well-wishers.

Wales has not topped a brand new world champion since Lee Selby in 2015 and Cordina confronted a tricky proposition to succeed the place the likes of Jay Harris, Liam Williams and Andrew Selby have fallen brief lately.

Defeated solely as soon as, Ogawa represented Cordina’s hardest check as knowledgeable, although he was boxing exterior of Tokyo for less than the third time in his twenty ninth skilled contest.

The ambiance was crackling in Cardiff and Cordina appeared each inch a star as he got here to the ring serenaded by a capability crowd belting out Delilah by Tom Jones.

Ogawa promised to return ahead and look to be aggressive within the early exchanges, however it was Cordina who did the injury with an unimaginable shot that despatched Ogawa crashing to the canvas.

Ogawa tried in useless to rise and Cordina’s win sparked wild celebrations in entrance of a raucous Welsh crowd.

Joe Cordina
Joe Cordina turns into Wales’ first world champion since Lee Selby in 2015

Accidents overcome as Cordina fulfils future

Cordina mentioned within the lead-up to the combat an opportunity to contest for a world title in his house metropolis is “all he may ask for” as he bid to hitch the pantheon of the greats.

His path to the highest may have been smoother since his skilled debut, with a badly damaged hand threatening his profession and leaving him unable to spar, similar to Calzaghe.

Nevertheless, after a very fallow 2020 following surgical procedure that noticed bone from Cordina’s hip grafted to his hand, Cordina impressed in three comeback fights in 2021 as he picked up victories in opposition to Faroukh Kourbanov, Joshuah Hernandez and Miko Khatchatryan.

Nevertheless, Ogawa was a harder check on paper, solely to be blown away by Cordina’s thunderous proper hook.

“It’s a lifetime of labor gone into 5 and a half minutes of labor. I am simply so grateful,” Cordina mentioned.

“I have been throwing some huge punches on this camp, I have been in with the likes of Conor Benn and sparred with him and he is likely one of the most explosive boxers. We have been working laborious within the gymnasium.

“We have been engaged on that punch all camp and it is a tremendous feeling once you put hours and hours into it and it comes off within the combat and it is lights out.”

Cordina may make his first title defence in opposition to Zelfa Barrett, who received within the invoice’s important assist combat, as he beat Faroukh Kourbanov by a large and unanimous factors determination to take the European super-featherweight title.

BBC Sport Wales understands Cordina might be set for a primary defence in September, again in Cardiff.

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