Date: 1st April 2018 at 9:11am
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Early on the under-card, at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Joe Cordina stepped into the ring for the seventh time in his fledgling professional career.

The lightweight, known as the ?Welsh Wizard? was matched against a stand-in opponent, in the shape of the Belgian, Hakim Ben Ali.

Up for grabs was the vacant WBA international lightweight championship.

Cordina showed his special skills by stopping his opponent in the third round.

Although a late stand-in, Hakim Ben Ali was a viable opponent having been in training for another fight, however, despite showing some durability, climbing off the canvas on three occasions in the third round, the referee was right to call a halt to proceedings when he did with Hakim Ben Ali having no answer for Cordina?s powerful body-shots.

After the fight, Cordina born-and-bred in Cardiff, had a few words for BBC Sport Wales, remarking,

‘I would have liked more rounds, but I was happy with my performance, I wasn’t trying to force the stoppage.?

Earlier, we mentioned that this was only Cordina?s seventh fight, amazingly four of those have now been stadium fight, his demolition of Hakim Ben Ali showed the Welshman can go a long way in this sport and is definitely a boxer to watch.

 

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