Joe Cordina gets new career underway and Wembley date now awaits

Joe Cordina gets new career underway and Wembley date now awaits

Cardiff’s Olympian Joe Cordina (1-0, 1KO) is halfway through a very busy week.

The 25-year-old showcased his skills by halting Nicaragua’s Jose Aguilar (16-33-4, 6KO) in the final session of their four rounder at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.

Cordina, who was making his professional debut, gradually turned the screw and obliged the referee to wave matters off on Matchroom Sport’s show televised by Sky Sports.

It was Cordina’s first fight under the guidance of his new Essex based trainer Tony Sims. The super-featherweight began with his trademark straight shots and Aguilar was game in the opener, willing to test Cordina’s sharpness.

However, the only time Aguilar was successful in interrupting Cordina’s rhythm was when their heads came together and they were separated. It was straightforward stuff and one-way traffic for Cordina from that point on.

The ‘Welsh Wizard’ shortened the distance and dominated the exchanges in the following rounds, walking Aguilar down to the outskirts of the ring and the visitor wasn’t able to reverse his retreat. Aguilar is a former flyweight and the size difference was evident.

Cordina was afforded opportunities to step in to his shots and he did so, particularly with the uppercut. The length of Cordina’s combinations increased and ended the contest with a hail of hooks.

Earlier on the show, another Cardiff native performed. Henry Janes (10-20-2, 1KO), who is unbeaten in his last five outings, was the aggrieved party in a controversial decision.

Last month, Janes drew with Lancashire’s Steve Brogan (10-0-2) over six rounds and they did it again. The referee judged it to be 59-59, somehow scoring four even rounds to preserve the home fighter’s unbeaten record despite Janes’ best efforts.

Next for Cordina, the European Championships and Commonwealth Games medallist will fight at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. It will be in front of 90,000 fans and shown on Sky Sports Box Office in one of biggest shows in British history.

The former Team GB member had been scheduled to face Liverpool’s Jay Carney (5-2-2). However, the Scouser was stopped against Feargal McCrory and is therefore suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) for 28 days.

Earlier today, Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew held a draw to determine Cordina’s slot on Saturday’s running order for Wembley. His name came out before fellow Olympians Josh Kelly and Lawrence Okolie, meaning Cordina will open the show.

IMAGE BY MATCHROOM SPORT.

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