Cordina dominates and stops Townend to win British title

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Joe Cordina has added the British lightweight title to his Commonwealth belt.

Former Olympian and top British lightweight prospect Joe Cordina dominated Andy Townend today in London, winning a sixth round TKO to pick up the British 135-pound title and retain his Commonwealth belt.

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Cordina (9-0, 7 KO) looked simply a level above the experienced and game Townend (22-5, 14 KO), whose only chance was to drag Cordina into a brawl, and even then it might not have been much of a chance.

Cordina proved he was by far the more technically sound fighter, and picked Townend apart pretty much every round, doing damage to the body and obvious, visible damage to Townend’s face.

In the sixth round, with Cordina starting to really beat up on him, Townend ate an uppercut he just never saw coming, which jacked his neck almost off his shoulders. Somehow, he stayed up, but that shot was really the true beginning of the end. He kept trying to fight, but Cordina poured it on. Townend took a knee three times, and couldn’t make it out of the frame, though he tried. The fight was stopped at 2:51 of the sixth round.

The 27-year-old Cordina has bigger plans, but said he was proud to add the British title to his collection as he climbs the ladder.

“It’s a prestigious belt. The world title is what I want to win, but this is what I’ve got to win to get to that,” Cordina said of the British title. “He wasn’t going to bring anything I haven’t seen before, but he’s tough and he can whack. He just couldn’t land one of them on me tonight.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn would like to see Cordina move to European level in his next couple of fights, specifically a fight with Belgium’s Francesco Patera, two-time and current European lightweight champion. Patera is known to UK audiences, as he came over in Oct. 2018 and beat Lewis Ritson in Newcastle.

“I thought it was a great performance,” Hearn said. “I’d like to see him defend the British title once, and then fight Patera for the European title.”

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