News Notes 15: Joe Cordina, Anthony Joshua, Craig Evans, Craig Kennedy, Jermaine Asare, Y Ffeit and Ashley Brace

News Notes 15: Joe Cordina, Anthony Joshua, Craig Evans, Craig Kennedy, Jermaine Asare, Y Ffeit and Ashley Brace

Cardiff’s Joe ‘The Welsh Wizard’ Cordina (2-0, 2KO) recorded his second professional win in the space of seven days. The super-featherweight opened Matchroom Sport’s monster show at Wembley Stadium in London with a routine first round knockout of an over-matched Sergej Vib (7-8, 4KO). Two left hooks sent the Russian visitor to the floor on two occasions, leaving no need for the four rounder to continue.

Promoter Eddie Hearn promised Cordina experience on big shows and it’s understood he may feature on the undercard of Kell Brook’s crunch world welterweight title defence against America’s Errol Spence on 27 May at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium.

Anthony Joshua, who defeated Wladimir Klitschko in an 11-round modern classic on the aforementioned Wembley show, could be heading to Cardiff soon, according to Hearn. There’s been talk that the unified WBA and IBF heavyweight champion will fight in September and it may be at the Principality Stadium, which can transform to Europe’s largest indoor arena with its retractable roof.

Blackwood’s Craig Evans (16-1-2, 3KO) has visited Belfast to publicise his next scrap and come face-to-face with his next opponent, Ireland’s Stephen Ormond (24-3, 13KO). The lightweights will meet on Frank Warren’s show at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday 17 June, live on BoxNation.

It will be Evans’ first defence of his WBO European title and the southpaw’s first outing since capturing the belt from Thomas Stalker in November. The St Joseph’s Boxing Club member, who is trained by Tony Borg, has been sparring soon-to-be world title challenger Liam Walsh.

Cardiff’s Craig Kennedy (16-0, 8KO) is preparing for the most important night of his four-year career. The cruiserweight and his manager, Chris Sanigar, has flown to Poland to spar former world champions Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Krzysztof Glowacki. Later this month, Kennedy faces Blackpool’s Matty Askin (21-3-1, 13KO) for the vacant British title at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, live on Channel 5.

On the undercard of the Cyclone Promotions show, Pontypridd’s light-heavyweight Jermaine Asare (7-1, 1KO) has had a tasty fight confirmed. The 2010 Commonwealth Games medallist will take on Libya’s hard-hitting Malik Zinad (8-0, 7KO) over eight rounds.

The first season of S4C’s ‘Y Ffeit’ programme recently concluded with Ebbw Vale’s Ashley Brace (6-0, 3KO) becoming the first Welsh female fighter to win a professional title. The bantamweight captured the WBC International belt in front of her hometown fans with an impressive ninth round knockout of world title challenger Alexandra Vlajk (11-6, 2KO).

Jamie Sanigar has confirmed that his outfit Sanigar Events are in talks with the terrestrial broadcaster for a second season. The debut season was a success and it’s understood to have reached a very wide digital audience.

Three new champions have been crowned over the last six weeks; Welsh super-welterweight ruler Tony Dixon, Commonwealth super-bantamweight boss Robbie Turley and the aforementioned Brace, who may be the best kept secret in the country amidst an explosion of popularity for female fighting.


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