Welsh boxer Joe Cordina, 31, retains IBF super featherweight title with majority decision win

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  • Cordina sewage nan divided determination 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112 connected nan judges' cards
  • The Welshman, undefeated successful 17, is now expected to conflict O'Shaquie Foster
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By Milo Pope For Mailonline

Published: 20:30 EDT, 4 November 2023 | Updated: 20:57 EDT, 4 November 2023

Joe Cordina retained his IBF ace featherweight title pinch a mostly determination triumph complete Edward Vazquez successful Monte Carlo.

The Welshman, 31, had been stripped of nan loop past twelvemonth because of injury, but regained it aft taking a hard-fought split-decision triumph complete Shavkat Rakhimov successful Cardiff.

In nan early exchanges astatine nan Casino de Monte Carlo connected Saturday night, Vazquez looked to enactment wrong utilizing speedy combinations.


Cordina, though, started to find his ain scope and was soon much comfortable against nan American arsenic he landed respective assemblage shots and remained diligent and looked to usage his jab to support Vazquez astatine a safe distance.

The Welshman landed a beardown uppercut arsenic his momentum continued earlier Vazquez again recovered crushed pinch immoderate coagulated counters of his ain successful nan fifth.

Joe Cordina kept his undefeated grounds pinch a mostly determination triumph complete Edward Vazquez

Cordina said aft nan conflict that 'it wasn't my champion performance, but it still sewage nan occupation done'

Cordina seemed contented to activity his jab betwixt assemblage and caput to effort to power nan gait of nan title heading into nan closing stages.

Although Vazquez, who was somewhat trim supra his near oculus successful nan 11th round, went connected nan violative successful nan last round, neither man was capable to find a decorativeness wrong nan distance.

Cordina sewage nan divided determination 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112 connected nan judges' cards to widen his undefeated grounds to 17 fights.

The Welshman is now expected to look towards a showdown pinch WBC title holder O'Shaquie Foster aliases an all-British conflict pinch Leigh Wood, who is group to measurement up a section pursuing triumph complete Josh Warrington and relinquish his WBA title.

'It wasn't my champion performance, but it still sewage nan occupation done,' Cordina told BBC Radio 5 Live.

'He didn't wounded maine astatine immoderate point. Nothing was happening truthful I felt for illustration I had to ignite something. I've seen him fight, he's awkward. He's amended than I thought.

'I'm happy. I sewage a triumph against a bully combatant pinch a bad performance.'

Cordina sewage nan divided determination 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112 connected nan judges' cards


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