Cordina, 30, has won all 14 fights since turning pro after competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics and will now fight his 34-year-old Japanese Rivals on June 4th at Motorpoint Arena.
“I’ve dedicated my whole life to boxing and put myself in this position,” said Cordina, a former Briton Commonwealth Lightweight champion dropped in the 130lb division.
“Now it’s this opportunity that counts, my world title shot. Becoming a world champion is a lifetime dream of mine and a stepping stone to securing my family’s future and making all the times we’ve missed with them worthwhile.
“I will seize this opportunity with both hands; I’m willing to do anything to win. Be ready to see the best Joe Cordina on fight night.
Ogawa (26-1-1, 18 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF crown last November by twice defeating Azinga Fuzile en route to a unanimous decision victory over his South African opponent.
“This is it for Joe Cordina – his chance of a lifetime and his moment of truth,” said Cordina’s promoter Eddie Hearn.
“Joe has the opportunity to become it World Champion in his hometown and lined up with the all-time greats there.
“Ogawa is a huge step up, big, strong and proven as an elite fighter. The win for both men creates tremendous opportunities for unification.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cardiff-matchroom-boxing-ibf-japanese-world-b2070931.html Joe Cordina ready for World Championship fight at home in Cardiff against Kenichi Ogawa