Exclusive: Joe Cordina on Matchroom’s growing stable of Olympians

Joe Hewlett 07/06/2017

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Joe Cordina has insisted that life as a professional has certainly been easier with the likes of Josh Kelly and Lawrence Okolie surrounding him.

Josh Buatsi is the latest Olympian star of the class of 2016 from Brazil to join the ranks at Matchroom under Eddie Hearn, totalling the stable to five.

“They’re all familiar faces with the likes of Okolie and Kelly, it’s made it a lot easier for me to settle in, it’s not as if I’m going into the unknown,” Cordina exclusively told World Boxing News.

“For instance, when I was at Wembley, Okolie and Luke Campbell were in my dressing room, people I’ve known for a very long time and it was just the norm so it makes it a lot easier – I’ve known all the boys for quite a long time now.”

At Bramall Lane, the Cardiff fighter made it three wins in a space of just six weeks as he defeated Josh Thorne in the first round.

Referee John Lathem intervened after Thorne struggled to continue due to struggling with an ear injury. Reflecting on his win, Cordina admitted it was a sensational feeling.

“It was amazing to perform in front of 27,000 people, but it didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but we have to think of each other’s health.”

Another Olympian that was on the undercard was Liverpool’s Anthony Fowler. The light-middleweight won in convincing fashion, also decking his opponent to the canvas in a routine first-round win.

The pair have a close bond and the ‘Welsh Wizard’ has revealed professional boxing is something they have both dreamt of for years. He added:

“Me and Anthony have spoken about the pro game over and over again over the past couple of years so for me and him to be on the same show is just incredible.

“I don’t class him as a mate, I class him as family, so it was brilliant to be on the show with Anthony,” he added.

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