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Cordina's Rise Continues

Joe Cordina Picks Up WBA International Lightweight Title


By Aaron Cooper

It was supposed to be a step up. But Joe Cordina breezed through Hakeem Ben Ali to pick up the WBA International Lightweight title and a world ranking in the process. 

Cordina warmed after the bell nicely and began the opening stanza by feeling out his opponent. But it didn't take long for his class to shine through, Cordina began the second on the front foot probing for openings. Ali was no fool and moved away whenever the Welshman came in close. The talking point of the second being a wayward left that caught Ali below the belt. 

The third round saw Cordina press the action again but wasted a lot of energy as Ali continued to evade. That was until a rib shaker to the body had Ali in trouble. Two further shots to the body put Ali down for the first time. A further barrage had Ali down again. It wasn't long until the referee waved the fight off, following another hard right.

This was Cordina's fourth stadium fight in his budding career. Seemingly destined to the main event his own card one day.