Joe Cordina would relish the opportunity to take on Shakur Stevenson in a world title unification if he gets past Kenchi Ogawa on Saturday.
The Japanese super featherweight is in Wales this week to make the first defence of his IBF belt which he won impressively against Azinga Fuzile in November. And while Cordina is concentrated on the task ahead and winning in front of his Cardiff fans the possibility of facing Stevenson is hard to
ignore. Cordina told Boxing Social’s Andi Purewal
“You always visualise yourself fighting certain fighters and he’s got the WBC and WBO. If I was to win, I’d love to unify but I’ve got to win on Saturday”
Stevenson, who beat Oscar Valdez last month to become unified champion, recently described the unbeaten Cordina as a ‘real challenge and a real test’ during an interview with talkSPORT. The 24- year-old spoke in glowing terms of the 30-year-old which was a boost for the Welshman.
“I’m a fan of him and he’s a great fighter but I back myself with anyone. I’d love to share the ring with him and unify.”
And Cordina agreed that Stevenson’s words act as an added incentive on top of his first world title challenge.
“It just gives me a little more of a push to win this fight.”
“It’s a little bit of a buzz to hear him. I always like his stuff on social [media] because like I said I’m a fan of his also. I’m a boxing fan first and foremost. Potentially this fight could be a big step for me to announce myself on the big stage because the likes of Shakur and Roger Gutierrez who’ve got the other belts will want to face me because I’ll have the IBF. It’s nice to hear Shakur and he think I’m the best fighter in the UK at 130. When I win, we can talk but until then I’ve got a job to do.”