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Joe Cordina: To Have Hearn, Sky Backing Me Is Amazing

By Elliot Foster

Joe Cordina has had his second foe named.

The 2016 Olympian, who made his professional debut last Saturday at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

And after dispatching of Jose Aguilar inside the distance, the 25-year-old Cardiff man now knows who he’s up against, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office, when he opens the show.

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Cordina won European gold as an amateur back in 2015 and also picked up a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

But he’ll face Sergej Vib (7-7, 4 KOs) at Wembley Stadium Connected by EE on April 29, as part of the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title unification showdown against Wladimir Klitschko.

“It was great to get my first one out of the way,” Cordina –– who had been set to face Liverpool’s Jay Carney on the Joshua-Klitschko card in front of 90,000 fans on later this week –– told Boxing Scene. “I felt good and it was great to get the stoppage as well.

“I took my time, didn’t rush anything and then got a couple of rounds under my belt as well.”

Cordina got rid of Aguilar in the final of four rounds on the undercard of Martin Murray’s vacant WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title showdown against Gabriel Rosado, but he insists that his sole focus was his maiden foe in the paid code and that the national football stadium was an afterthought.

“Before my debut, I didn’t want to think about Wembley too much because I didn’t want it sitting at the back of my head, thinking past Aguilar.

“A lot of the people that they draft in and bring over are unpredictable you don’t know what they are going to do, so it was important for me to get that first win and now, on fight week, I can start thinking about Wembley and soaking it all up.”

Vib, 23, is a German-based Russian super-featherweight who has already challenged for the vacant German International title.

He was last in action last December and is on a two-fight winning streak since being stopped inside three rounds by Marek Jedrzejewski last May.

Cordina is delighted to have been shown such support by his promotional team of Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport ahead of his second pro fight.

“To have the backing of Eddie and Sky, knowing they want to put me on these big shows and live on TV, is amazing and it gives me massive confidence,” he said.

“I just want to carry that into the ring with me and put on good performances.”

Scott Quigg faces Viorel Simion in an eliminator for the IBF world featherweight title, while Luke Campbell and Darleys Perez clash for the number one spot in the WBA at lightweight.

Irish sensation Katie Taylor faces Nina Meinke for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title which doubles up as an official world title eliminator and there is action for undefeated Josh Kelly, who faces his second opponent since turning professional earlier this month, and a third outing for Lawrence Okolie.

Sky Sports Box Office will show Joshua v Klitschko exclusively live on April 29. To book go to www.skysports.com/joshua.

Showtime will show the fight live while HBO have the delayed broadcast.

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