On his biggest night, Joe Cordina produced a show reel knockout to snatch the IBF world title away from Kenichi Ogawa. Cordina becomes the 13th man from Wales to hold a world title, and joins illustrious names like Joe Calzaghe, Steve Robinson and Lee Selby.
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Cordina entered to a raucous oviation as his hometown came out to support their own. The champion Ogawa received a chorus of boo's upon entry, but the Japanese man lapped it all up as he held his ear to the crowd.
The first round was a cagey affair. Cordina tried to start fast but Ogawa shut him down by implementing his clear size advantage. Cordina began to settle in later in the round, but Ogawa had landed cleaner to take the first.
However, the second round could not be any more different. Cordina had composed himself and took control of the round. Cordina landed a sweet left hook which got the crowd excited, before detonating a peach of a right hook to flatten Ogawa. Ogawa attempted to beat the count but crashed to the canvas in his efforts prompting the referee to call it off, sparking wild celebrations from the Welsh fans.
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Cordina's emphatic KO proves himself as a major threat to anyone in the division, as he raises the curtain on one of the biggest weekends in Welsh sporting history.