- Joe Cordina To Defend World Super Featherweight Championship On September 30
- Gavin Gwynne Will Challenge For The European Lightweight Title On The Undercard
- Welshman Gwynne Faces 42-0 Italian Southpaw Emiliano Marsili In Cardiff, Wales
Eddie Hearn revealed to iFL TV that the newly-crowned IBF Super Featherweight world champion Joe Cordina will return to the ring on September 30 at the 5,000-capacity Cardiff International Arena, live on DAZN.
An opponent hasn’t been decided but a unification fight looks unlikely due to financial reasons and there isn’t a mandatory challenger, so it will be a voluntary defence for Cordina.
Both Anthony Cacace and Zelfa Barrett were mentioned as potential opponents and with Barrett also being represented by Matchroom, he is likely the front-runner for Cordina’s next fight.
Cordina is frustrated that his desired unification fight with O’Shaquie Foster is not coming to fruition next due to boxing economics but Hearn is confident such a fight can be made next year.
Hearn wants Cordina to defend his title against a domestic opponent that will further help build his profile and momentum in preparation for a unification fight outdoors early next year.
Gavin Gwynne vs Emiliano Marsili
British Lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne (16-2-1, 4 KOs) will challenge the undefeated Italian southpaw Emiliano Marsili (42-0-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant European Lightweight title on the undercard.
In April, Gwynne stopped Craig Woodruff in five rounds to successfully defend his British title on the Rakhimov-Cordina card.
The win reportedly enabled Matchroom to trigger a two-fight option on the 33-year-old Welshman.
46-year-old Marsili has never tasted defeat as a professional in a career spanning almost twenty years.
The Italian stopped Derry Matthews to win the IBO world title in Liverpool almost a decade ago.
Marsili has held numerous other titles over the years including the European, WBC Silver, and WBA Inter-Continental.
Gavin Gwynne Image Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing