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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

Joe Cordina has the class to win the Commonwealth title

Welsh Wizard value to stop Masher Dodd late

Joe Cordina takes on Sean Dodd
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Vacant Commonwealth lightweight title
Sky Sports Action, approx 10pm Saturday

Following in the footsteps of Joe Calzaghe and Enzo Maccarinelli is quite a task but Welsh-Italian prospect Joe Cordina has been tipped to go right to the top, and he gets to demonstrate his potential by winning the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title against Sean 'Masher' Dodd in Cardiff.

Dodd fought for this title against Tommy Coyle less than four months ago and was stopped in six rounds, but the Hull fighter relinquished the belt as he intends to fight in the USA next, so Dodd gets another chance against the Welsh Wizard. 

Unfortunately for Dodd, he is likely to find Cordina even more of a handful than Coyle. 

This is only the eighth professional fight for Cordina, but he was an excellent amateur - he won gold at the European Championships in 2-15 and represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympics.

Fellow Welshman and former world champ Lee Selby reckons Cordina has the skills to be fighting for global honours sooner rather than later, but Dodd is a big step up from previous opponents and will provide a solid benchmark.

Dodd may not be the most skillful but he is capable of causing problems, with his career perhaps defined by two close fights with Scott Cardle, the second of which was a draw.

Masher will be out to prove a point, but the defeat to Coyle was the third time he has been stopped, and despite not being a notoriously big puncher Cordina will fancy his chances of adding to the his KO tally. 

Finding a good bet isn't easy - Cordina is long odds on for the win, and the Welsh Wizard by KO is 1-4. But value may be found backing Cordina to win in the later rounds. 

Cordina relies on speed and movement rather than power and may be happy to take his time to pick apart Dodd, who trends to come forward in straight lines. 

Masher is tough and will give it everything, but the youthfulness and energy or Cordina may eventually prove too much. 

Dodd has never lost in fewer than six rounds, so odds of 2-1 that Cordina wins in rounds seven to 12 could be just the ticket. 

The chief support at Ice Arena Wales sees Natasha Jonas defend her WBA International female super-featherweight title against Viviane Obenauf.

Obenauf was stopped by British fighter Chantelle Cameron in her last fight and Jones has won five of six fights by KO. Back her to get the stoppage at a shade of odds-on. 

J Cordina in rounds seven to 12
1pt 2-1 Sky Bet
N Jonas by KO/TKO
1pt 10-11 bet365

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Unfortunately for Dodd, he is likely to find Cordina even more of a handful than Coyle
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