In a plot twist that keeps boxing fans on their toes, Joe Cordina’s eagerly anticipated first IBF super featherweight title defense won’t be taking place in Cardiff on September 30th, as initially expected. Instead, the boxing world will be treated to a showdown in the glamorous setting of Monte Carlo on November 4th, headlining a DAZN extravaganza.
Cordina, boasting a pristine record of 16 wins, 9 of them by knockout, faced an arduous two-fight ordeal to seize and then reclaim the coveted IBF super featherweight title. His path included formidable opponents like Kenichi Ogawa and Shavkat Rakhimov. Cordina’s triumphant return to the ring after a hiatus due to a hand injury only added to the drama.
Enter Edward Vazquez, a fighter with 15 victories under his belt, 3 of which were by knockout. Vazquez came perilously close to upsetting the apple cart by challenging Raymond Ford last year. However, it’s worth noting that Vazquez currently holds the IBF’s number 10 ranking in the featherweight division, giving this bout an unexpected underdog flavor.
Cordina is brimming with anticipation about returning to the iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo. He’s not only defending his IBF super featherweight world title but also reliving the sweet memories of his previous triumph at the venue, where he clinched the WBA Continental title in his first foray into the super featherweight category. Cordina is determined to light up the night on November 4th, promising fans an explosive performance to remember, all of which will be broadcast live on DAZN.
The main card doesn’t stop there. It features a thrilling title fight with Sivenathi Nontshinga, the light flyweight champion (12-0, 9 KO), defending his hard-won belt against the resilient Adrian Curiel (23-4-1, 4 KO). Nontshinga has already proved his mettle with a successful title defense earlier this year, while Curiel, despite four losses on his record, has shown his prowess against formidable opponents, including a nail-biting majority decision loss to Cristian Gonzalez.
But that’s not all! The main card also promises a riveting rematch between Ramla Ali (8-1, 2 KO) and Julissa Alejandra Guzman (13-2-2, 7 KO). Ali, determined to avenge her crushing knockout loss to Guzman in May, will be looking to turn the tables and rewrite her story in the ring. And let’s not forget about Souleyman Cissokho (16-0, 9 KO), who continues his ascent against the formidable Isaias Lucero (16-1, 10 KO), adding even more fireworks to the evening’s proceedings.
So mark your calendars for November 4th, as Monte Carlo becomes the stage for a night of electrifying boxing action, where champions defend their titles and challengers look to make their mark in the annals of the sport. It’s a must-watch event that promises excitement, drama, and memorable moments for boxing enthusiasts worldwide.
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