Matchroom Boxing’s Rio 2016 Olympian Joe Cordina as previously mentioned by promoter Eddie Hearn will be fighting for his first title as a professional as part of the supporting cast to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title unification with Joseph Parker. March 31st see’s the headline act along with Cordina who faces former English super-featherweight champion and former British and Commonwealth title challenger Andy Townend, the pair will be contesting the WBA intercontinental lightweight title at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The talented Welshman takes on Barnsley’s KO kid in only his seventh contest as a professional following a successful opening year as a professional.
Joe Cordina himself is more than aware of the quality of Townend who has proven he is one of the best fighters at super-feather & lightweight on the domestic circuit, suffering to defeat to Martin J Ward in 2016 for the British title after turning his career around from late 2013 and early 2014 when he suffered back to back defeats to Rendell Munroe and Dai Davies. Townend captured the English super-featherweight crown in 2015 against Femi Fehintola, defending the title successfully against Lee Glover, Craig Poxton and Chris Conwell. Townend also defeated Jon Kays in 2017 in what should have been Commonwealth title victory, however, Townend missed the weight which made him ineligible to win the vacant title against Kays, with Townend stopping Kays in two rounds in May 2017.
Cordina elaborated on the risk of facing Townend at this stage of his career.
“This is the perfect fight for me to start 2018,” said Cordina. “It’s a big step up for me. Andy is a proven fighter, just look at his record – there’s a lot of knockouts against some decent names.
“There’s no doubting he’s dangerous so I’ll have to bring my A-game. I think I’m more than capable of beating him to win my first title but I’m sure he thinks similar, it’s a good fight for the fans.
“I’ve only been a professional for a year, so it’s only since then I’ve really started scouting the domestic division. Before that I wasn’t too interested as my focus was on the amateur game.
“Andy also fought on the Bramall Lane show last year and put on a display so he’s got the experience of fighting on these big shows.
“I’m more than comfortable going the Championship distance. I live and train with three weight World champion Ricky Burns who is such an inspiration. Whatever he does, I do. You ask anyone how hard he trains and I’m holding my own fitness wise.
“It’ll be great to fight at the Principality Stadium again. I didn’t really have time to soak it all in last time but I’m grateful looking back I fought in front of so many people. I can look back with a smile and say I’ve boxed in front of 70,000 plus. To fight there twice is a massive and proud experience.
“I don’t want to be chucked into any old fights, they have got to be the right fights at the right time and this is certainly one of those. When Tony Sims says it’s time to come off the leash and push on, we’ll do so.”
The contest will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and joins WBA world bantamweight titleholder Ryan Burnett and Alexander Povetkin who faces David Price as part of the supporting cast to Joshua v Parker.