Kelly scores wide UD over ex-world champion Molina, wins for Cordina and Buatsi in Cardiff

Joe Hewlett 31/03/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Josh Kelly overcame a durable test in Carlos Molina as he cruised to a unanimous points victory to claim the vacant WBA International welterweight title.

The North East boxer grabbed some vital ring experience, going the full ten-round distance to win on the scorecards 98-92, 98-91 and 99-91.

Kelly said after the fight: “I didn’t want to hurt the hands, I know Eddie has big plans for June.”

Eddie Hearn confirmed his next move for ‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly, he added: “We’re going to have a party in Newcastle. June 16 he’s coming home and it’s going to be a big night. He’s going all the way.”

Cardiff’s Joe Cordina wasted no time in pleasing home fans at the Principality Stadium, dispatching Belgium’s Hakim Ben Ali within three rounds.

The ‘Welsh Wizard’ picked up his first professional title along the way, winning the vacant WBA International lightweight title.


The opening fight saw a shock defeat for Morgan Jones in dramatic fashion. The Welshmen dominated every round and looked to set to wrap things up at the beginning of the final round after knocking Mose Auimatagi Jnr to the canvas.

However, the contest was brought to an end just EIGHT seconds before the final bell after the New Zealand super-middleweight sensationally turned the tables.

The referee intervened as Auimatagi landed several devastating blows to the temple.

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Joshua Buatsi continued his impressive start to the professional rankings, comprehensively defeating Bartolmiej Grafka by winning every round to record a 60-54 points victory.

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

All pictures by Lawrence Lustig