WELSH lightweight Joe Cordina won his opening contest at the Olympic Games on Saturday. Philippines’ Charly Suarez had some support in the arena at RioCentro but Cordina skipped in, relaxed on his feet. Both landed jabs to start the first round. Joe looked to hit a one-two. He lined up that combination and moved out. Suarez struck with a good right hand, although he didn’t shift Joe from the centre of the ring.
But in the second round Joe let him back into the contest. Cordina let his hands drop low. Suarez jolted him with a hard, clear cross. Charly struck him again with the right and even performed a foot shuffle to emphasise his confidence.
Joe needed to win the last round. He chopped in shots, switched his footing. Suarez leaped in with a left hook but Cordina scored with lovely clear jabs, he found his rhythm and took the decision.