Being Joe Cordina, the boy from the Cardiff council estate who becomes a world boxing star

“I do not actually get emotional. My spouse will inform you. I used to be along with her 16 years, and he or she in all probability noticed me cry as soon as throughout that point. I do not get emotional.”

Joe Cordina has in all probability earned the precise to play massive.

In spite of everything, since turning professional in 2017, the Olympian has ridden the crest of a wave that has spilled over to an undefeated skilled profession that has arguably already cemented his standing as one among Welsh boxing’s all-time greats.

In a sport the place the sights and sounds are sometimes as a lot part of the spectacle because the macabre actuality of the gladiators within the ring, just a little bravado is not precisely uncommon.

However scratching beneath the floor, it is exhausting to not get the impression that the 31-year-old is somebody who’s nonetheless in ache.

As he explains, what made the ache of dropping his IBF world tremendous featherweight title so exhausting to bear was the truth that it occurred with no single punch being thrown.

After profitable the title by knocking out Kenichi Ogawa final June, a win that prolonged his streak to fifteen fights, Joe was as a consequence of defend his belt towards Tajikistan’s Shavkat Rakhimov the next November.

Nonetheless, a hand damage pressured him to withdraw, with the IBF later informing him of their determination to strip him of the title.