Joe Cordina will be bidding to reclaim the IBF super featherweight title when he faces Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov this weekend.
The Welshman won the title in June after knocking out Kenichi Ogawa but he was stripped four months later.
Cordina was originally due to face his mandatory challenger Rakhimov in November in his first title defence.
But a horror hand injury sidelined him and the IBF controversially chose to take the belt off him, with Rakhimov instead defeating Zelfa Barrett to become the new champion.
In an ironic twist of fate, the Tajikistani fighter’s first defence will now be against Cordina in the latter’s Welsh homeland.
Rakhimov vs Cordina: Date and start time
This 12-round super featherweight title clash will take place on Saturday, April 22.
It is being held at the Cardiff International Arena in Wales.
The main card is scheduled to start at 7pm, with the ringwalks for Rakhimov vs Cordina set for around 10pm.
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This event will be shown live on DAZN, with the broadcast set to start at 7pm.
Fans can sign up to DAZN for only £9.99 per month to watch the bout live at DAZN.com or via the DAZN app. More details here.
Alternatively, DAZN subscribers that have a HD-enabled Sky box can register to watch the fight on DAZN 1 HD on channel 429 on Sky here.
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Rakhimov vs Cordina: Fight card
- MAIN EVENT: Shavkat Rakhimov vs Joe Cordina – for IBF super featherweight title
- Gavin Gwynne vs. Craig Woodruff
- Zelfa Barrett vs. Alex Dilmaghan
- Jordan Thompson vs. Luke Watkins
- Sandy Ryan vs. Marie-Pier Houle
- Skye Nicolson vs Linda Laura Lecca
- Sammy Lee vs Juris Zundovskis
- Brandon Scott vs Karan Gill
- Miles Gordon-Darby vs Phil Williams
- Nathan Howells vs Jahfieus Faure
Rakhimov vs Cordina: What has been said?
Tony Bellew told DAZN: “I think it’s a really good fight.
“I think it was a very bizarre decision to strip Joe Cordina. I think it was borderline insane to be fair, the boy didn’t even get a chance to defend his belt.
“It baffles me sometimes. I think the IBF were bang out of order to strip Joe Cordina.
“Rakhimov, straight past Zelfa Barrett, and Joe Cordina before this fight, against [Kenichi] Ogawa, was one of the best knockouts I’d seen, it was brutal.
“The bad injury was just unfortunate because he was about to hit top form, and I think he gets Rakhimov out of there as long as his hand is 100 percent and is right, and he comes into the fight nicely, I think he cops him again.
“It’s not the power of the punch, it’s the timing, the speed. Every fighter will tell you speed and timing will beat power every time.”
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