Joe Cordina can become the lucky thirteenth member of Welsh boxing’s club of world champions by beating Kenichi Ogawa tonight.
Legendary names such as Jimmy Wilde and Joe Calzaghe are synonymous with the country’s contributions on the world stage and Cordina can stand on the shoulders of these giants by winning the IBF Super Featherweight title.
The champion will be difficult to shift, and it will take a career best performance from Cordina to beat Ogawa. Victory could then take him to a big money unification against one of the biggest talents in the sport Shakur Stevenson.
However, Zelfa Barrett will have something to say about that and would stake a claim for a fight against Cordina should the IBF number two contender capture European honours against Faroukh Kourbanov in the night’s chief support bout.
WHERE IS IT?
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
HOW TO WATCH
Catch the preliminary bouts on the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel with the main card to be shown live on DAZN. Stream the fights via the DAZN app on your TV, mobile, tablet, computer, or console device.
WHAT TIME IS THE MAIN EVENT?
No official time has been announced but Matchroom main events rarely begin before 10pm.
WHAT TIME DO THE PRELIMS START?
First fight begins at 4.45pm on Before the Bell (Matchroom Boxing YouTube).
Monique Bux (167lbs 1oz) v Ester Konecna (160lbs 6oz) Super Middleweight 4×2 minute rounds
Ben Crocker (149lbs 8oz) v Evgenii Vazem (151lbs 9oz) Welterweight 4×3 minute rounds
Joe Morgan (143lbs 7oz) v Rustem Fatkhullin (144lbs 3oz) Super Lightweight 4×3 minute rounds
Kyran Jones (163lbs 8oz) v Vasif Mamedov (164lbs 2oz) Middleweight 4×3 minute rounds
Calum French (137lbs 4oz) v Gadatamen Taylor (137lbs 8oz) Super Lightweight 8×3 minute rounds
WHAT TIME DOES THE MAIN CARD START?
Live on DAZN from 7pm
Gamal Yafai (124lbs) v Sean Cairns (124lbs 5oz) Super Bantamweight 8×3 minute rounds
Skye Nicolson (127lbs 5oz) v Gabriela Bouvier (127lbs 3oz) Featherweight 8×2 minute rounds
Dalton Smith (139lbs 8oz) v Mauro Perouene (139lbs 6oz) WBC International Super Lightweight Title 10×3 minute rounds
Faroukh Kourbanov (129lbs 1oz) v Zelfa Barrett (129lbs 9oz) European Super Featherweight Title 12×3 minute rounds
Kenichi Ogawa (129lbs 5oz) v Joe Cordina (129lbs 9oz) IBF Super Featherweight Title 12×3 minute rounds