- Joe Cordina Wants A Unification Fight With O’Shaquie Foster Next
- Such A Fight Is Not Possible Until Next Year, Promoter Hearn Has Revealed
- Cordina Believes A Zelfa Barrett Matchup Is Too Difficult For The Money Offered
Newly-crowned IBF Super Featherweight champion, Joe Cordina, is frustrated that his desired unification fight with O’Shaquie Foster will not come to fruition next due to boxing economics.
“With what Joe wants, with what O’Shaquie Foster wants, it’s impossible.”, Hearn confirmed to iFL TV‘s Colm McGuigan, “We’ve got to build towards fights like that. I know Joe’s Frustrated but we’ve still got a job to do on Joe to get him in those big money fights.”
The Cardiff International Arena has a capacity of around 5,000 and it was sold out for both the Ogawa and Rakhimov fights. A unification fight does not work economically at the venue and they would have to go outdoors to satisfy both fighters.
As a result, Matchroom is now targeting a voluntary defence for Cordina’s next fight at the Cardiff International Arena on September 30 with plans to make a unification fight after that.
Hearn “People like Zelfa Barrett and Cacace are more relevant and build a bigger show, a bigger night than someone you’ve never heard of.”
The British promoter wants to make an in-house, all-British, #1 vs #2 in the UK fight between Cordina and Barrett but is also willing to explore a fight with Queensberry-promoted Anthony Cacace.
Cordina seems completely uninterested in these domestic fights though, which are known to help build interest in and the profile of a fighter. The name he has mentioned for a voluntary defence is American Jamel Herring.
37-year-old Herring retired last year and has not won a fight in over two years.
Joe Cordina On Zelfa Barrett Fight
The argument until now from fans and Cordina himself for not fighting Barret next is that Barrett had lost to Rakhimov, who Cordina beat, and wasn’t challenging enough for the newly-crowned IBF Super Featherweight champion.
The Welshman, however, has revealed the real reason why he won’t fight Matchroom stablemate and domestic rival Barrett next.
“Who said zelfa is shit. Zelfa is a hard fight but unfortunately I ain’t getting paid enough for a hard fight”Joe Cordina On Twitter
Cordina doesn’t want to fight the Mancunian next as the risk-reward doesn’t add up. Barrett is too difficult a fight for the money being offered and the IBF champion would rather fight Jamel Herring for a similar financial offer.