Joe Cordina won the IBF super featherweight title in his hometown of Cardiff with a second-round knockout to overthrow Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa.
Welsh favorite Cordina thrilled the Motorpoint Arena crowd with a devastating right-handed finish, to win his first world title.
The 30-year-old underwent major hand surgery in 2019, raising concerns about his potential future punching power.
But the Cardiff native showed all the muscle and timing to stun Ogawa and claim the belt.
“It’s a lifetime of work spent in five and a half minutes; I’m so grateful,” Cordina said.
“I threw some big punches in this camp, we worked hard in the gym.
“We’ve been working on this punch all camp and it feels amazing when you put hours and hours into it and it comes off, in the fight and the lights go out.”