Exclusive: Joe Cordina discusses boxing beginnings, plans for steady career progression

Joe Hewlett 06/06/2017

📷 Lawrence Lustig

Joe Cordina won his third fight in the space of just less than two months on the undercard of Kell Brook’s defeat to Errol Spence Jr.

The ‘Welsh Wizard’ forced opponent Josh Thorne to withdraw from the contest inside the first round to continue his impressive start to life as a professional.

North East Olympian Josh Kelly is set to headline the NXTGN show in Newcastle at the end of the month and Cordina hopes to follow in his footsteps on home soil later this year.

“There were talks of me fighting at The O2 on July 1 so I have to get through that fight first but my team have been on to Eddie about doing a NXTGN in Wales so hopefully I get July out the way, have a summer break and then around September or October we can do a NXTGN show in Cardiff,” Cordina exclusively explained to World Boxing News.

“It’d mean everything to headline my hometown so quickly into my career, it’d be a dream come true,” he added.

The super-featherweight has received high praise from the media and fans alike, but the Welshmen displayed a mature approach in responding to my question of whether he feels he could challenge for a title by the end of this year.

“I don’t want to rush things this year because everyone is expecting me to get a title by the end of this year – I’ve had three fights in space of six weeks so there’s no rush.

“My contract has me fighting eight fights into my first year which leads into April so after then I’ll target a title. I just need to settle down and take each fight as it comes.

“Even though I have the amateur pedigree, the professional ranks are completely different and it takes time to get to grips with it. Rugby Union and Rugby League are the same sports but they have different elements that separate to two to make them different, a bit like amateur and professional boxing,” said Cordina.

Rugby was the 25-year-old’s favourite sport growing up and admitted he got into boxing by sheer coincidence.

“When I was younger my main two sports were rugby and football. Before, I concentrated on rugby and was playing at a really good level. To help maintain and improve my fitness I took up boxing at the age of 16 and put on a pair of gloves. I didn’t intend to box because it was quite late (in terms of age), but I had one fight which led to two and three and I never looked back.

“As soon as your hand goes up your hooked. If you get that win that’s it and for me, that’s what happened, I only wanted a couple of fights to see what it was like but once I won I was hooked and before I knew it I was fighting at the British championships.

“Only since I’ve been boxing have I been able to understand and appreciate the likes of Joe Calzaghe, he’s certainly someone I look up to.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95