Cordina: Olympic dream ‘means everything’

Joe Cordina

Joe Cordina (blue) boxes out of the same Newport gym as London 2012 Olympic silver medal winner Fred Evans

Welsh boxer Joe Cordina says it “means everything,” after he booked his place at the Rio Games this summer.

The 24-year old became the fourth Welsh athlete to book a spot at the Olympics by beating Ireland’s David Joyce on points in the 60kg semi-final at the European qualifying event in Turkey.

Cordina will now meet France’s Sofiane Oumiha in the final after he overcame home favourite Volkan Gokcek.

“This means everything,” Cordina told the BBC. “It is six years of work.”

Cordina is a former 2015 European amateur champion and he won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He was beaten and stopped by Joyce four years ago when he looked to secure his spot for London.

“It feels amazing, this is what I set out to do, for the last six-years of my life I have been heading towards this,” he said.

“I tried to go to the London Olympics but I was a bit too inexperienced and young, but this came around at the right time for me.


World champion Lee Selby is another stablemate of Joe Cordina

“When I fought David Joyce four years ago in an Olympic qualifier he beat me.

“I was young and inexperienced and even though I started well, he kept on coming and ended up stopping me.

“So it was good to get one back on him.”

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