Joe Cordina Destroys Ogawa – Live Scores

By Chuck Daly: In a surprise ending, undefeated Joe Cordina (15-0, 9 KOs) dethroned IBF featherweight champion Kenichi Ogawa (26-2-1, 18 KOs by second-round knockout on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, in Wales.

After an uneventful first round, Cordina nailed Ogawa with a perfect right hand that knocked out the 34-year-old champion. The fight was immediately interrupted. The stoppage time was at 1:15 a.m. of the second lap.

“Tonight he announced himself to the world,” Eddie Hearn said. “Tonight belongs to Wales, tonight belongs to Joe Cordina.

“It was amazing. The support I had here tonight was amazing,” Joe Cordina said after the fight. “I’m just grateful. I want to thank God. About that, nothing would be possible.

“I want to thank everyone who came tonight. Like you said, it was half a lifetime of work that would have been 36 minutes, but it went down to 5 1/2 minutes of work tonight.

“I’m just grateful, it’s amazing. You have Tony, who put in all the hard work and tested me throughout this camp. Also, Kevin. I don’t know where Kevin went He also helps me in the gym.

“I’m just speechless. I don’t even remember what the question was. Do not mistake yourself. You get caught with shots at the start of fights. Whether it’s punching or not, he’s like a puncher on paper, and I could feel it, but it’s not like I’ve ever felt before.

“Like I said before, I’ve fought some big punchers in this camp. I can read them, there’s a lot of them, but I’ve been with Conor Benn, who’s probably the most explosive puncher in the world. right now. I fought with him.

“Compared to punching power, he doesn’t even compare,” Cordina said, noting that Benn is a bigger puncher than former IBF super featherweight champion Ogawa, which makes sense given the size advantage that Conor has over him.

“For me, when he [Ogawa] caught me [in round one], I thought, ‘Okay, he caught me.’ It caught my attention, but it wasn’t something I hadn’t felt before. Yeah, me and Tony worked hard in the gym and practiced some things.

“When he was nervous at the start, that’s when we knew what he was going to do. Line me up with a backhand, shaking, passing out, and literally trying to catch me with the backhand. So, I just knew to keep walking to my right, and so I did.

“I call it the ‘Roberto Duran’,” Cordina said of the right hand he knocked Ogawa out with in the second round. “We worked on it throughout the camp.

It’s an amazing feeling when you’ve put hours and hours and hours into a certain combination or a punch and then you put it into a fight. You don’t even think about it. It goes out and then goes out, it’s over,” Cordina said.

Super featherweight contender Zelfa Barrett (28-1, 16 KOs) defeated EBU 130-pound champion Faroukh Kurbanov (19-4, 3 KOs) by a one-sided 12-round unanimous decision in the supporting bout in chief. The scores were 20-108, 119-109, 118-110 unanimous decision.

In undercard action, undefeated WBC International light welterweight prospect Dalton Smith (11-0, 9 KOs) beat journeyman Mauro Peroune (14-6-1, 7 KOs) by knockout in the sixth round.

Smith knocked down Peroune in the sixth, prompting his coach to end the contest.

The still tough super bantamweight Gamal Yafai (19-2, 11 KOs) stopped Sean Cairns (8-4, 2 KOs0 by KO in the fourth round. Knocking down the unfortunate Cairns in the third, and a round later the fight was Stop time was at 1:55.

Undefeated women’s featherweight prospect Skye Nicholson (4-0) is undefeated with an eight-round points decision over Gabriela Bouvier (15-11-1, 3 KOs). The score was 80-72.

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