Cordina-Dodd To Contest Vacant Commonwealth Lightweight Title

by Shaun Brown

Tommy Coyle (24-4, 12 KOs) has vacated his Commonwealth title.

The belt, which he won on April 21 in Liverpool against Sean Dodd (15-3-1, 3 KOs), will be contested by Dodd - the former champion - and Joe Cordina (7-0, 6 KOs) on a Matchroom NXTGEN show on August 4 at the Ice Arena, Cardiff.

The fight represents the second consecutive fight for Cordina in his home city after appearing on the Anthony Joshua-Jospeh Parker undercard back in March. The 2016 Olympian won the vacant WBA International lightweight title by stopping the over-matched Hakim Ben Ali in three rounds.


The fight against Dodd, however, will be the 26-year-old's first shot at domestic honours.

For Dodd, who is one of British boxing's feel good stories, it is a chance to win back the belt he won against Lee Appleyard, before successfully defending it against Thomas Stalker but was then stopped in the sixth round against Coyle.

Promoter Eddie Hearn took to Twitter to announce the Cordina-Dodd fight. "Cardiff we are coming! #JDNXTGEN August 4th headlined by Joe Cordina v Sean Dodd for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title from the Ice Arena Cardiff - full details later this week."

Cordina's fellow countryman and Matchroom stable-mate Sean McGoldrick (6-0, 2 KOs), who campaigns at bantamweight, will surely be in the running for a slot on the undercard.

Shaun Brown covers British boxing for Boxing Scene. Contact him on Twitter @sbrown2pt0

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 06-21-2018

This is ridiculous & stinks of British monopoly! Cordina should be fighting Welsh titlist Gavin Gwynne, While Masher takes on English belt holder Myron Mills. There's 53 countries in the Commonwealth, so why don't the likes of Kye McKenzie, Tony…

Comment by BigZ44 on 06-21-2018

Nice step up for Cordina, Masher got eaten up against Coyle, hopefully he still has something left, he could give Cordina a test

Comment by Straightener on 06-21-2018

From what I've seen cordina is going to be making waves in a few years Looks a cracking prospect

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