Feature | Aug 31 2019

Joe Cordina – The hard road to making it look easy

Joe Cordina also explains why Luke Campbell does have the attributes needed to beat Lomachenko
Joe Cordina
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IT might look as if Joe Cordina has had a straight-forward career. He is nine fights into his professional career and has already won the British and Commonwealth titles, as well as a WBA International lightweight trinket.

He is proud of that accomplishment. “It’s something that many people don’t do. I’ve got three titles in nine fights and two of them are well known in British boxing. [The Commonwealth] that is a major belt in Britain and so is the British,” Cordina told Boxing News.

But the path to this point, defending his British title against Gavin Gwynne on the Vasyl Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell undercard at the O2 in London, has been a long one. “I remember Rob McCracken saying don’t turn pro until you’ve gone to an Olympics because it will be a long, hard road for you,” Cordina recalled. “It took me eight years to get to an Olympic Games and I fell short [at Rio 2016]. No fault of anyone apart from myself.”