Joe Cordina: Dodd Didn't Affect Me, I Won Every Round

By Elliot Foster

Joe Cordina is relishing the prospect of being able to switch off.

The Welsh lightweight has had a stellar start to his professional career, winning all eight of his fights to date.

Cordina, 26, secured his latest win on Saturday night, comprehensively outpointing Sean Dodd to add the vacant Commonwealth title to his WBA International strap.

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But while all the talk in the aftermath was about him potentially facing outright British champion Lewis Ritson at some point in the future, ‘The Welsh Wizard’ is looking forward to some downtime.

“I boxed smart in there. I was sensible, didn’t overcommit to anything, did what I had to do and got the win,” Cordina, who was granted the victory against Dodd at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, exclusively live on Sky Sports, by margins of 120-109, 119-109 and 117-112, told Boxing Scene. “I made lots of sacrifices for this camp, just like I do for every fight, but I missed both my daughters’ birthdays in this camp.

“I’m looking forward to relaxing and having a few weeks off. I’m going to take my daughters to Disneyland in Paris and then spend a couple of weeks in Malta with my family.

“I just want to enjoy my break for now and then we can look at what’s going to next for me when I get back into camp.”

Cordina has been riding on the crest of a wave, having boxed at the Principality Stadium twice, Wembley Stadium and Bramall Lane, among other venues, since turning over under Eddie Hearn and Matchroom.

And he is determined to keep up his flawless ledger when he comes back to the ring.

“I don’t like having too long off and even if I am away from the gym in Essex, I still train, and when you have too long off and you have to start your track work and your hill sprints all over again, it just makes it so much harder.

“For me, I’d rather just have a couple of weeks off but do my own thing. That would be a bit of training and then at least I would come back half-fit so that it’s not so bad when I jump in with the lads.”

Cordina is among a nucleus of ex-Team GB fighters who are picking up honours as paid athletes, with the likes of Lawrence Okolie and Josh Kelly both picking up rainbow belts just like the one Cordina added to his collection.

“[Sean] Dodd was a good step up for me. I’ve had eight fights now and I’ve just beaten someone who has now had 20 fights, so that’s a step-up in itself, fighting for a Commonwealth title so early on in my career as a pro.

“I like ‘Masher’ and think he’s a great guy, but he didn’t do anything that affected me. The only thing he tried to do was rough me up and other than that he didn’t do anything. I thought I won every round in the fight.

“It’s one step at a time and I’ve got over my hurdle, but now I just want to enjoy my rest and then, when I get back in to camp, that’s when we’ll look at and focus on the next one.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Abovetheclouds on 08-06-2018

I think Eddie Hearn said he'll be fighting Cardle next, so another solid opponent for Cordina. Ritson is a level above at the moment and will be stepping up to European level before the end of the year.

Comment by Fabes88 on 08-06-2018

[QUOTE=Straightener;18999300]Agreed . If he gets hit as flush as he did against Dodd he might come unstuck Cordina does look the biz offensively though you have to say . Needs to tighten up on the inside[/QUOTE] He does look good…

Comment by Straightener on 08-06-2018

[QUOTE=Fabes88;18999156]Something tells me there’s going to be a Lewis Ritson shaped problem in his future[/QUOTE] Agreed . If he gets hit as flush as he did against Dodd he might come unstuck Cordina does look the biz offensively though you…

Comment by Fabes88 on 08-06-2018

Something tells me there’s going to be a Lewis Ritson shaped problem in his future

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