Cordina vs Dodd: Previewing the Commonwealth title fight and a starring support cast
Watch live on Sky Sports Mix from 7.30pm on Saturday, and also on SS Action from 8.30pm
By Matt Horan & Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 04/08/18 9:33pm
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.
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.
Cordina and Dodd both make weight
Home favourite Cordina fractionally the lighter of the two for Sky Live clash...
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
So far, I have done everything I've set out to do in my career. First, it was to make the Olympics and now it's to win a world title. It means I have to go through all these steps, all these domestic titles, to get to that.
What former Welsh world champions say...
This will be the biggest test Cordina has had and the proof will be in the pudding once that bell goes. He is very skilful, very talented and has got good footwork, but at the moment he's not been the most concussive puncher. He does have spit in his shots but I want to see what power he's now got. Dodd was caught early by Tommy Coyle and couldn't recover, and I don't see that happening here. 'Masher' will make Joe work for this win, but I'll go for a late stoppage.
I don't think this is a test for Cordina, I really don't. It's not a mis-match and I certainly don't want to disrespect Dodd but all I can see is Cordina boxing him to bits. Dodd will try and mess him up, but Cordina's young, fresh and too good. He will either stop him in the second half or win a wide points division.
What the experts say...
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.
Cordina is one of the brightest prospects we've got.
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.
I am expecting Cordina really looking to put on a show. He's got his chance to headline in his home town and I think he will make the most of it.
Cordina will win, and win in style.
There's no doubt Dodd is his hardest opponent so far, but I can't see anything other than a Cordina win. I would go for points but don't be surprised if he stops him later on. He will win and win in style.
Joe Cordina: 9st 8lbs
Sean Dodd: 9st 9lbs
Hoping to steal the show...
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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.
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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
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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.