Former IBF super-featherweight champion Joe Cordina (15-0-0, 9KOs) has been granted a shot at his old belt when he takes on IBF super-featherweight champion Shavkatdzhon Rankhimov (17-0-1, 14KOs) on April 22nd.

Cordina returns to the scene where he first became champion at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena to take on the Tajikistan man.

The Welshman blasted through Kenichi Ogowa inside two rounds in June last year to claim the IBF title at super-featherweight.

Cordina had agreed prior to his fight with Ogowa that he would defend versus Rakhimov next providing he was successful on the night.

An injury to his hand in July forced the bout to be pushed the fight to November 5th however before a repeat of the same injury in October meant he was unable to fight for the remainder of 2022.

Rakhimov (right) stopped a brave Zelfa Barrett in November to become IBF champion at super-featherweight. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

The IBF stripped Cordina as a result and so Rakhimov faced Manchester’s Zelfa Barrett for the vacant title with the winner having to face Cordina in their first defence.

Rakhimov halted Barrett in nine rounds in Abu Dhabi and now travels to Cardiff in April for his first fight on British soil.

The undercard is set to be confirmed at a later date.

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