Cordina vs Dodd: Previewing the Commonwealth title fight and a starring support cast

Joe Cordina vs Sean Dodd is the headline act as the latest bumper JD NXTGEN bill lands in Cardiff, so here’s all you need to know.

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Just over a year through life in the paid ranks, with two dream outings at The Principality under his belt, former amateur star Cordina now headlines in his hometown as he looks to make the first step towards world glory, live on Sky Sports on Saturday night.

‘The Welsh Wizard’ has breezed through seven fights, notching up six stoppages along the way, but the Rio 2016 Olympian faces a mighty step up in class as he faces former Commonwealth champion and two-time British title challenger Dodd.

Proud Merseysider ‘Masher’ lost the rainbow title to Tommy Coyle last time out and the 34-year-old is confident his title experience will see the belt come home.

What the fighters say

3:52 Sean Dodd plans to take Joe Cordina into 'deep waters' What former Welsh world champions say… What the experts say…

Paul Smith

I just think this is perfect timing for Cordina. Had this been a year ago, it would’ve been a much sterner test for him. Dodd’s roughness and toughness will be something he’s not come across before but this comes down to boxing skills and fitness and Cordina has bags of it.

Although I am never going to write ‘Masher’ off, this is only going one way. I do think Cordina will stop him too and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was earlier than a lot of people are saying. However long it lasts, this will be good.

Matthew Macklin


Joe Cordina: 9st 8lbs

Sean Dodd: 9st 9lbs

1:41 Olympians on the charge! Hoping to steal the show…

Sean McGoldrick vs Dylan McDonagh – Super-bantamweight

After missing out on boxing in front of a Welsh crowd at the Principality stadium at the end of March, McGoldrick gets his chance this Saturday night.

The Newport fighter is chief support to his old GB team-mate Cordina.

Natasha Jonas vs Viviane Obenauf – WBA International super-featherweight title

It’s only a matter of time before Jonas gets her world title shot but with the current champions all seemingly not interested in giving her a shot, Miss GB looks to successfully defend her WBA International title.

Her opponent, Obenauf, has boxed in the UK before, going the distance over six rounds with Katie Taylor back in December 2016.

Daniyar Yeleussinov vs Gabor Gorbics – Welterweight

After outings in New York and London, the Kazakh Thunder rolls into the capital of Wales.

It’s a first outing for Yeleussinov under new trainer John David Jackson for the Rio 2016 gold medallist, who takes on Gabor Gorbics – a Hungarian fighter who lasted into the eighth vs Liam Williams on his only previous visit to Cardiff.

Anthony Sims Jr vs Stanislav Eschner – Light-heavyweight

Second cousin of Floyd Mayweather, former protégé of the late, great Emmanuel Steward, and with 13 knockouts in 14 fights, 10 of them coming in the first round, there’s a lot to like about Anthony Sims Jr.

It’s a first outing in the UK for the Indiana man who’ll be looking to impress Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn and the Sky Sports viewers.

Jordan Gill vs Michael Berna – Featherweight

After a breakout win over Jason Cunningham in a British title eliminator on February’s Manchester NXTGEN show, Jordan Gill’s staying busy.

His opponent is Michael Berna, who took on Michael Conlan at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day.

Kody Davies vs Anthony Fox – Light-heavyweight

A former GB amateur, the 5-0 Davies has made a good start to life as a pro under fellow Welshman and former world champion Gavin Rees.

But Fox enjoys mixing it with GB boys; on our last NXTGEN show, he put Danny Dignum down twice on his way to a very tight points defeat.

Watch Joe Cordina against Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd, for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title, on NXTGEN, from the Ice Arena, Cardiff, on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Mix, from 7.30pm and 8.30pm, Sky Sports Action.