Rob Tebbutt is tipping Joe Cordina to prize the IBF super-featherweight title away from the dangerous Shavkat Rakhimov and become a two-time world champion in Cardiff this weekend.
While there’s a huge fight taking place across the pond in Las Vegas this weekend, there’s a cracking main event taking place on the Matchroom card in Cardiff on Saturday night.
Cordina, after that brilliant second round KO victory against Kenichi Ogawa last year, was stripped of his title due to a hand injury, and is going straight back into deep waters against Rakhimov in his first fight back.
Despite 10 months of inactivity, I actually favour the Welshman in this fight and I actually like him enough to feel confident in backing him to get the win, and recapture his title, via a stoppage.
He looked incredibly sharp and displayed good power against Ogawa last June, whereas Rakhimov was very sloppy in his ninth round win over Zelfa Barrett in November; a fight in which he was hurt and put down in the third round in.
I expect Cordina to have a lot of success on Saturday night, and 12/5, for me, is a great price for him to get the win inside the distance.
If you fancy him to get the job done early, as he did the last time he was in the ring, then you can get 9/1 on him prevailing ‘Between Rounds 1 - 6’, or if you fancy the seasoned-campaigner Rakhimov to successfully defend his title, then he’s available at 13/2 on points.
For me though, there is only one way this fight is going, and that is for Cordina to become a two-time world champion ‘By KO, TKO or Disqualification’ at 12/5.