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Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov vs Joe Cordina report
Who won Cordina vs Rakhimov?
Joe Cordina beat Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov by split decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 22nd April 2023 at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff in Cardiff.
The scorecards were announced as 116-111, 112-115, 113-114 in favor of winner Joe Cordina.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 130 pounds (9.3 stone or 59 KG).
This contest was for the IBF super featherweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Jordan Thompson beat Luke Watkins, Zelfa Barrett defeated Jason Sanchez, Gavin Gwynne was victorious over Craig Woodruff for the BBBOC British Lightweight title, Sandy Ryan beat Marie Pier Houle and Skye Nicolson defeated Linda Laura Lecca.
Cordina vs Rakhimov stats
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 17 wins, zero loses and 1 draw.
Joe Cordina made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws.
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov was the younger man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov fought out of the southpaw stance, while Joe Cordina was an orthodox fighter.
Rakhimov was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2015, 1 year and 4 months earlier than Cordina, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 10 more professional rounds, 103 to Cordina's 93.
Joe Cordina was ranked number 3 by the IBF in the 130lb division.
Cordina vs Rakhimov form
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Zelfa Barrett on 5th November 2022 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had defeated Sardor Muzaffarov on 11th December 2021 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Going into that contest, he had drawn with Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz on 13th February 2021 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.
Before that, he had beat Azinga Fuzile on 29th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Orient Theatre, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
He had won against Rofhiwa Maemu on 23rd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at RCC Boxing Academy, Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Cordina remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Kenichi Ogawa on 4th June 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Motorpoint Arena, Wales, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Miko Khatchatryan on 11th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Echo Arena, Merseyside.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Joshuah Hernandez on 14th August 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Matchroom HQ Garden, Essex.
Before that, he had won against Faroukh Kourbanov on 20th March 2021 by majority decision in their 10 round contest at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
He had defeated Enrique Tinoco on 30th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Joe Cordina had been fighting more than Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov.
Going to this contest, Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov had last fought 6 months and 30 days ago, while Joe Cordina's last outing had been 1 year ago.
Rakhimov's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 35 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7 rounds on average.
Cordina's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
What time did Cordina vs Rakhimov start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:15 PM BST at Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, United Kingdom, which was 5:15 PM EST or 2:15 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
Who broadcast Cordina vs Rakhimov?
The DAZN show is expected to begin at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST. The DAZN Global broadcast of the card is expected to start at 7:00 PM (BTS).
What were the odds on Cordina vs Rakhimov?
Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov was a 2/1 (+200) underdog going into the contest, while Joe Cordina made his way into the ring at 4/11 (-260) with oddsmakers.