The IBF super featherweight champion Joe Cordina has goals for 2024 and beyond if he can get past Edward Vazquez at the Casino de Monte Carlo on November 4.
The Cardiff-born Cordina obliterated Kenichi Ogawa to win his world title before being controversially stripped by the organization after suffering a horrific hand injury. Undeterred, Cordina bounced back to win the title back at the expense of Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in April.
The 31-year-old now heads to Monte Carlo for the first time since 2019 to defend the belt on a Matchroom Boxing and DAZN-produced show.
The 28-year-old Vazquez is on a four-fight win streak. However, the Fort Worth, Texas, native has never mixed at this level.
Per Bet MGM, Cordina is the -1000 favorite, while Vazquez is the +600 underdog. If the Welshman can dispose of this latest challenger, then the world is his oyster.
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The Sporting News looks at the options for Cordina should he be successful against Vazquez.
Cordina has an interest in unification fights, and two opponents have peaked his interest.
One fighter he wants to face is WBO champion Emanuel Navarrete. Navarrete beat Liam Wilson in February to become the WBO super featherweight champion. He defended the belt against Oscar Valdez in August and will fight Robson Conceicao on November 16.
“When I look at Navarrete, my mouth waters,” Cordina told Seconds Out via Boxing Scene. “He’s a good fighter. I reckon that fight can do Vegas. I would love to fight there. That’s one I would love potentially after this one.”
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With Navarrete busy, and depending on how his fight goes, Cordina could face WBC champion O’Shaquie Foster. Foster won the vacant title at the expense of Rey Vargas and recently beat Eduardo Hernandez via TKO to retain the belt. That fight in Cancun featured a Round of the Year (11) contender, as both men threw down in what was an epic three minutes of action.
“Joe Cordina is, of course, a fight that I want,” Foster said via Bad Left Hook. “If I am being honest, it has gotten personal now between us. If he wants to use words like ‘b—-’ when he’s talking about me and call my manager a ‘bum’, then he’s going to have to accept the consequences when we come face-to-face… At the end of the day, it’s an easy fight to make — there are no roadblocks on my side. I am a free agent still and have no problems coming to the United Kingdom in 2024. And mark my words, I am going to knock him out.”
Cordina could also fight Leigh Wood, who recently relinquished the WBA featherweight title.
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The Nottingham-born fighter stopped Josh Warrington in the first defense of his second reign as champion. Almost immediately, “Leigh-thal” vacated the title and will now campaign at 130 pounds.
“When it comes to a [Wood] fight, I’ll take it at the drop of a hat,” Cordina told The Sporting News. “Someone told me he’d come up to fight me, so if he said it, then it should be an easy fight to make.”