oe Cordina fights Kenichi Ogawa in Cardiff tonight, hoping to become Wales’ 13th world boxing champion.
The 2016 British Olympian – bronze medalist at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 – is eager to make up for lost time, having seen his progress hampered by a serious hand injury which cost him the whole of 2020.
The undefeated and ultra-slick Cordina finally returned after surgery last March, shaking off the rust from the ring after 17 months out with a decisive win over Faroukh Kourbanov at Wembley Arena.
He needed just 53 seconds to get through Joshuah Hernandez at Matchroom Fight Camp last summer, last appearing in Liverpool in December as he edged past Miko Khachatryan to win the WBA Continental super featherweight title.
Now he will be eager to make a statement against IBF champion Ogawa, the experienced Japanese fighter who will make the first defense of the IBF belt he won against South Africa’s Azinga Fuzile on the Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos undercard. Jr at Madison Square Garden in November.
Ogawa also won the IBF belt from Tevin Farmer in 2017 but was later stripped of the title and banned for six months after failing a post-fight drug test.
Ogawa vs Cordina date, start time, location and ring walks
Ogawa vs Cordina takes place tonight, Saturday June 4, 2022, at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
The undercard begins at 7:00 p.m. BST, with main event ring walks scheduled for around 10:00 p.m.
As always, exact timings will depend on how long these previous fights lasted.
Ogawa vs Cordina fight card / undercard in full
Kenichi Ogawa vs. Joe Cordina
Faroukh Kurbanov vs. Zelfa Barrett
Dalton Smith v Mauro Perune
Skye Nicolson vs. Gabriela Bouvier
Gamal Yafai vs. Sean Cairns
Calum French vs Gadatamen Taylor
Joe Morgan vs. Rustem Fatkhullin
Kyron Jones vs. Vasif Mamedov
Ben Crocker vs Evgenii Vazem
Monique Bux vs. Ester Konecna
How to watch Ogawa vs Cordina
TV channel and live broadcast: Ogawa vs. Cordina streams live on the DAZN sports video streaming service. A subscription to DAZN currently costs £7.99 per month in the UK.
Ogawa vs Cordina fight prediction
The talents of former European amateur champion Cordina deserve greater visibility, it’s such a shame that injuries have prevented him from getting the recognition his skills clearly deserve.
But it’s a real chance to put your name on the map with a first world title. Turning 31 in December, he has no time to waste.
Cheered on by a passionate crowd in Cardiff, the Welsh Wizard will surely have enough to become his country’s 13th world boxing champion.
This will see him join an illustrious list which also includes Joe Calzaghe, Lee Selby, Barry Jones, Enzo Maccarinelli and Nathan Cleverly.
Cordina to win via unanimous decision.
Weight Ogawa vs Cordina
Ogawa tipped the scales at 129.55 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, with challenger Cordina slightly heavier at 129.95.
Ogawa vs Cordina Odds
Ogawa winner: 11/8
Cordina to win: 4/7
Ogawa wins by decision/technical decision: 5/1
Ogawa wins by KO, TKO or DQ: 5/2
Cordina to win by decision/technical decision: 10/11
Cordina to win by KO, TKO or DQ: 7/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).