Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina - Boxing: All You Need to Know

31 May 2022 19:47:56 GMTPlus10
Joe Cordina's first world title fight takes place in Cardiff this weekend

Former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion Joe Cordina gets his first crack at a world title when he challenges Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF super-featherweight belt.

Cordina is one of the brightest talents in British boxing and he has made a smooth transition from the amateur ranks in his 14 professional bouts.

Ogawa upset Azinga Fuzile on the undercard of the Teofimo Lopez v George Kambosos Jr bout back in October, which saw a shock win for Kambosos too, and the Japanese fighter will be hoping to pull off another surprise victory.

When is Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina?

The IBF super-featherweight title contest will take place on Saturday, June 4th, 2022. 

What time is Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina?

The card gets under way at 19:00, with the main event expected to take place at approximately 22:00. 

Where is Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina?

The bout will take place at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. The convention center was opened by singer Shirley Bassey in 1993 and it has played host to many sporting events since.

Premier League Darts has been held at the arena and the venue has also staged Welsh Open snooker and the World Professional Pool Championship.

Can I watch Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina on TV?

Yes. The world title fight will be shown live in over 200 countries on subscription streaming service DAZN.

Are there any belts on the line for Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina?

The IBF super-featherweight crown is on the line. This is Cordina's first world title fight, but it does look a good opportunity for the Cardiff puncher.

Ogawa won the vacant belt with a shock unanimous decision victory over the previously unbeaten Fuzile last October. Shakur Stevenson is the big name in the division and the winner of this bout could move on to fight the American.

What is Kenichi Ogawa's record?

Ogawa has won 26 of his 28 professional bouts and he saved his best performance for his latest fight against Fuzile. However, it's hard to get a proper handle over the Japanese fighter's level.

The majority of the 34-year-old's bouts have been low-key contests in his native Japan and on the few occasions he has stepped up in class the results have been inconclusive.

A clash of heads led to Ogawa's bout with Joe Noynay being ruled a technical draw, and the Japanese puncher's victory over Tevin Farmer has since been changed to a no contest, after Ogawa's pre-fight samples tested positive for a banned substance.

What is Joe Cordina's record?

Cordina won a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Welshman went on to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Cardiff puncher was a gifted amateur and he has made a perfect switch to the professional ranks.

Cordina is unbeaten in his 14 pro contests and he has already acquired the British and Commonwealth lightweight titles. The Welshman came through a pretty rough bout against Gavin Gwynne in his first and only defence of the British crown.

Eight of Cordina's 14 wins have come by stoppage, but the Cardiff slickster hasn't demonstrated great punch power as he has moved up in class. 

Who is on the undercard for Kenichi Ogawa v Joe Cordina?

Zelfa Barrett and Faroukh Kourbanov clash on the undercard and there are also outings for Dalton Smith, Gamal Yafai and Skye Nicolson.

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