FIGHT PICS: Welsh Wizard Cordina delivers a magical performance to outpoint Dodd

Joe Cordina (8-0, 6KOs) produced a headline performance in front of his home fans, as he delivered a classy points win over the very tough & durable Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd (15-4-1, 3KOs) to retain his WBA International belt, while adding Dodd’s Commonwealth title to his collection, in front of an ice cold Cardiff crowd on Saturday night.
 
 
‘The Welsh Wizard’ was pushed all the way by Birkenhead’s determined Dodd, before taking a unanimous points decision with scores of 119-109, 117-112 & 120-109.
 
With a roaring entrance and a great reception from a lively Cardiff crowd, Cordina came out of the blocks firing, marching to the centre of the ring, that magic left hand which had been branded a wand in the fight week, was catching Dodd and grabbing his attention.
 
Cordina bounced in and out firing his jab and landing quick combinations, a plan that him and his trainer Tony Sims executed perfectly in the opening rounds.
 
 
With the eye catching work coming from Cordina in the opening rounds, The home crowd roaring and getting excited to Cordina’s head and body combinations. Masher though kept on coming marching forward and roughing up the former Olympian.
 
The third round was a more evenly drawn as Dodd fired home a series of shots up close as he continued to question Cordina on the inside.
 
From there, Cordina took over hammering shots to Dodd’s body, a lovely timed hook and a classy four punch combination had Dodd pinned on the ropes, with the crowd on their feet.
With the fight now going into deep water, questions were to be asked of Cordina as he was taken past four rounds for the first time, but he answered. Masher continued to drive forward and the second half of the fight sprung into life as they both traded up close.
 
 
After a pulsating, rough and tough, Eighth, Cordina got back to his classy best, countering Dodd in the following sessions as he demonstrated his masterful footwork as he danced around the square circle.
 
With both men starting to tire, the championship rounds exploded into life, thudding left – right combinations landing on Dodd, raising the noise levels in the Ice Arena as ‘Masher’ bravely called his man on for more.
 
 
The ‘Wizard’ looked to close the show in fashion with a stoppage but Dodd was having none of it and kept driving forward.
 
As the final bell rung, both sets of fans gave a standing ovation for both fighters. The Birkenhead crowd as loud as ever and the home fans roaring Cordina’s name.
 
 
Cordina getting the decision, ticks a lot of boxes for the welsh man and most definitely puts his name near the top of the list of domestic lightweights.
 
Respect to Sean Dodd, once again he was involved in another great fight and as always being a great sportsman in defeat, spending time to greet both sets of fans afterwards.
 
“That was a great learning fight for me” Cordina said afterwards.
 
A great night for Welsh Boxing, having a major show back in the Capital, showcasing great up and coming talent and potential and something I’m sure that will now become a re-occurring thing after a great atmosphere inside the Ice Arena.
 
 
Great wins for Local fighters Nathan Thorley who climbed off the floor to claim a points win taking him to 11-0. Daniel Barton who dropped his opponent Yailton Neves to gain a points victory, Pontllanfraith’s own Kody Davies who was pushed the six round distance against a very durable fighter in Anthony Fox and Newport’s Sean McGoldrick who is now trained by former world champion Gavin Rees as he claimed a decision win over formerly un beaten Dylan McDonagh in an entertaining fight at Bantamweight.
 
Until the next one here, when a great night of boxing is set for the 7th September, when MTK global bring there show to Cardiff at the Vale Sports arena, Penarth.
 
By Luke Denning
 

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