Thomas Lyons (WrapsOnTV)
‘Welsh Wizard’ Joe Cordina is a working progress but proved his incredible amateur pedigree and world champion potential with a controlled, comprehensive points win over Sean Dodd.
A packed Metro Arena in the Welsh capital called for two British lightweight contenders and two class acts inside and outside of the ring. The venue would see Cordina headline his first show and start to make a name for himself in these parts and follow in the footsteps of the legend Joe Calzaghe with a huge fanbase.
First of all, Masher Dodd does deserve a lot of credit, bouncing back from a devastating stoppage defeat to Tommy Coyle, who relinquished his title to chase a fight in the United States and gave both the undefeated Cordina and former British title challenger to Scott Cardle, Dodd, a chance to fight for a vacant belt.
As the summer of boxing draws to a close before the relaunch of British boxing in the new season with Amir Khan returning to Birmingham on September 8 and AJ headlining another stadium show at Wembley against Alexander Povetkin on the 22nd, JDNXTGEN brought its sauce to the southwest and although Cordina and the partisan crowd gave the Birkenhead man a warm welcome, it wasn’t just about getting the win for the 26-year old but the manner in which Cordina began to break Dodd down and put on a show in his hometown.
The 119-109, 116-112, 120-108 scorecards largely reflected a dominant, masterful display by the now 8-0 former GB Olympian and highly-touted Matchroom prospect. Cordina has been impressive so far and now that he’s stepped up in levels against a seasoned campaigner in Dodd shows his progress under the tutelage of Tony Simms and that sensible moves made by his camp at the right time have paid off.
This type of performance will grab the attention of those who were somewhat sceptical about Cordina mixing it with the very best domestically and Dodd being one of those names proved Cordina’s class and ability to climb the ladder in meaningful fights.
With Lewis Ritson top of the pile with his sensational climb in just the space of a few months, dispatching of every British level challenger in quick fashion, Cordina could now face Scott Cardle when Ritson decides to move onto European honours. A great matchup but would certainly mark the end of Cardle at this level if defeated once more.
The future is bright for Cordina and continuing to show his skills on both the small hall shows and biggest stage of all like he has on AJ undercards at the Principality Stadium twice will emulate success of his own, topping cards in crunch domestic clashes down the line.
The next logical step would be to sit down with his team and map out what is possible before the year draws to a close and as we enter the new season of boxing, what fights that bring excitement and create a buzz that is almost inevitable when Welshmen is involved.
Cordina’s rhythm, balance and composure was first class and touching Dodd with the jab to the head and body created openings that he could exploit. Also, his timing and shot variety were exquisite and from the start showed he was operating at a different gear or level to Dodd and just disrupted any flow Dodd could gain in the fight.
Afterwards, in the post-fight interview, a very honest Dodd described Cordina as a ‘special talent’ and that he was glad to be part of his journey on route to becoming world champion. A credit to the sport in all regards, Dodd has delivered in great fights and gave a great account of himself every time he stepped into a boxing ring.