Classy Cordina continues fearsome form with WSB win against American

Classy Cordina continues fearsome form with WSB win against American

Cardiff’s Joe Cordina returned to action in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and demonstrated just why he’s one of British boxing’s brightest talents.

The 23-year-old was representing the British Lionhearts and tasked with fending off American hotshot Bruce Carrington at East London’s historic York Hall venue. Cordina won the five round bout in style and all three judges gave every session to the Welshman, who settled in to a rhythm at the sound of the opening bell that was never disrupted. One official deemed the third stanza to be so one sided that it was scored 10-8 in favour of Cordina, leading to unanimous scorecards of 50-44, 50-45 and 50-45.

Cordina was defensively excellent, gracing almost every inch of the ring canvas in the 15 minutes of action. When he was maneuvered to the ropes of corners, Cordina would use his sharp movement from his waist and feet to evade the attacks. Offensively, Cordina snapped his jab with blinding speed throughout the contest to set up attacks. It controlled the range but when it was breached, Cordina relied on counters to score points, especially with uppercuts and left hooks.

The switch-hitting lightweight (60KG) is ranked eighth in the world by AIBA but he’s yet to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio, Brazil. To Carrington’s credit, the tough youngster never stopped trying. The 18-year-old visitor is relatively inexperienced on the international stage of the senior age category and was unfortunate to come up against Cordina in such good form. Broadcasters BoxNation claimed that Mike Tyson and Zab Judah know Carrington, who owns a respected reputation in Brooklyn, New York City.

The British Lionhearts were victorious in four of the night’s five fights to win the fixture overall. They are now undefeated in all four of their fixtures and top Group B of the World Series of Boxing. In their next fixture, the British Lionhearts will return to York Hall on Thursday 17 March to face Morocco Atlas Lions, who have so far lost all three of their fixtures.

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