St Joseph’s duo Andrew Selby and Joe Cordina set for big announcements
St Joseph’s Boxing Club has been the heartbeat of the sport in Newport for some time and it’s about to be boosted by two big announcements.
Barry Town’s Andrew ‘AC Superstar’ Selby (7-0, 5KO) will be added to the pay-per-view debut of ITV as the terrestrial outlet launch their Box Office platform, BoxingWales.com understands.
Selby will fight on Saturday 4 February at the London Olympia and the WBC International flyweight title will be available for the 2012 Olympian to add to his trophy cabinet – which already includes the British and IBF Inter-Continental belts.
The Philippines’ Ardin Diale (32-10-4, 15KO) will defend his WBC International title against Selby, having captured it with a Unanimous Decision win against Michael Enriquez in December. 28-year-old Diale has been a professional for 11 years and contested for WBO world flyweight honours in 2011, losing via knockout to Julio Cesar Miranda.
Chris Eubank Jr will controversially headline the show for the lightly regarded and unrecognized IBO ‘world’ super-middleweight title against Australia’s unknown belt-holder Renold Quinlan.
Viewers will have to pay £12.95 – or £9.95 if they take the early bird offer – to watch the show.
Because of the forthcoming fight, 28-year-old Andrew hasn’t travelled to America to watch older brother Lee defend his IBF world featherweight title against mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas next weekend.
Richard Poxon, the former matchmaker for Ricky Hatton’s promotional company, has set up Poxon Sports who are hosting the event. Nowadays, Poxon also acts as a British representative of Al Haymon, the American advisor of Andrew’s brother, Lee.
Matchroom Sport are understood to have secured the services of another St Joseph’s Boxing Club star as Cardiff’s Joe Cordina is set to switch boxing codes.
The ‘Welsh Wizard’ represented Team GB as an amateur at the 2016 Olympics in the lightweight (60KG) category but is expected to be a super-featherweight in the professional ranks.
25-year-old Cordina won Welsh titles, a Commonwealth Games bronze medal and a European Championships gold medal in a successful amateur career.
Eddie Hearn, Head of Matchroom Sport, has stated his support of Cordina on numerous occasions. The promoter stages some of the highest profile shows in Europe and can offer opportunities on big undercards like Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium for the IBF and WBA heavyweight belts.
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