Exciting lightweight prospect Joe Cordina (7-0, 6KO) headlines a NXGEN bill at the Ice Arena Wales on Saturday night against one of the most likeable characters in British boxing Sean Dodd (15-3-1, 3KOs) for the commonwealth title.
Cordina is a former Olympian who represented Team GB at the Rio Olympics in 2016 before turning professional in April of last year. The 26-year-old looks to have a bright future and is being fast-tracked through the 135lb division.
With six knockouts in seven pro fights the ‘Welsh Wizard’ has accumulated only 18 rounds of boxing so the challenge of Merseysider Sean Dodd will be his toughest to date.
Dodd who is a former commonwealth lightweight champion and a two-time British title challenger brings a wealth of experience to the plate. Fan favourite ‘Masher’ Dodd always try’s to take his opponents into uncharted waters so this will be a big step up for the Welshman.
Earlier in the year Dodd lost the rainbow title to Tommy Coyle by TKO in the sixth round so the 34-year-old will be eager to defy the odds and capture the title for a second time.
The young Welshman is competing in his first scheduled 12-rounder and has never been past the fourth. Dodd will look to force the fight into the middle rounds to test Cordina’s conditioning.
As long as Cordina doesn’t waste unnecessary energy trying to take Dodd out early he should be able to dictate the pace of the fight. Questions will be asked of the home fighter but with the crowd and his natural ability this fight should end inside the distance in Cordina’s favour.
‘Miss GB’ Natasha Jonas (6-0, 5KOs) is moving up the rankings at a fast pace with Katie Taylor her target as she takes on Brazilian Viviane Obenauf (12-4, 6KOs).
Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov (2-0, 1KO) will want to impress the Welsh crowd and show why he is being touted as one of the world’s very best prospects. The Kazakh southpaw should pick up his third victory against Hungarian Gabor Gorbics (24-11, 4KOs).
Unbeaten Welsh duo Sean McGoldrick and Koby Davies will be in action, while the hard-hitting light-heavyweight talent from across the Atlantic Anthony Sims will be on show plus Jordan Gill and a few others complete a stacked lineup.