British and Commonwealth lightweight champion Joe Cordina steps down a division to take on Mexico's Enrique Tinoco in the plush surroundings of the Casino de Monte Carlo on Saturday 30th November. They will contest the vacant WBA Continental super-featherweight title over 10 rounds. The card is headlined by the vacant WBA welterweight title fight between Alexander Besputin and Radzhab Butaev and will be shown on DAZN in the USA and by Sky Sports in the UK.
Tinoco is well known to British fans due to his shock 8 round win over the previously unbeaten Jordan Gill in Nottingham back in May. That fight was made at featherweight, but Tinoco did have problems making the 126lb weight limit so super-featherweight is definitely his weight class. In fact, when he took Devin Haney the full 8 round distance in September 2017 he weighed in over the lightweight limit.
Cordina and his management obviously think that he will have big advantages in the 130lb division and want to test the waters, but Tinoco is not an easy exam. Despite his ordinary 18-5-4 record with 13 stoppages, he has mainly lost to quality opposition and always comes to fight with a winning mentality. Although Jordan Gill's team explained that their man had been ill in the lead up to the fight, Tinoco's performance was one of a man with no doubts about the outcome.
Cordina (10-0-0, 7 Ko's), has looked like a man on the fast track to world-class, his talent shone through during his amateur career and he has made a near flawless start to his pro career, but these are the tests that he needs to add the polish to his flashy skills. The 27-year-old Cordina who hails from Cardiff, Wales has the ability to make it to the top but although he showed some true grit in his last bout against fellow Welshman Gavin Gwynne, we are yet to see him taken completely out of his comfort zone.
Tinoco has only ever been stopped once and that was by Miguel Roman in 2014 so he is a hard man to stop.
Prediction: Cordina to win on points.