Eddie Hearn Would Like To See Joe Cordina Face Leigh Wood Or O’Shaquie Foster Next
Eddie Hearn is hoping to see Joe Cordina fight a different opponent next.
Cordina is coming off a majority-decision victory over Edward Vasquez and since then, many have called for them to run it back. Although the fight was competitive, Hearn says he would rather see Cordina fight fellow champions to unify the divisions.
“I believe every champion should try and unify the division,” said Hearn, the chairman of Matchroom Boxing (h/t BoxingScene). “And I think Joe Cordina’s no different. I believe he can beat everybody at 130. Tonight, and the champions might be watching, fancying their chances. But, for me, I love all-domestic fights. I think Leigh Wood-Joe Cordina’s a great fight. But I would like to see Joe Cordina face the champions. Whether that’s a trip to Vegas or New York or outdoors in Cardiff, time to roll the dice in the big ones.”
Eddie Hearn knows Edward Vasquez fought Joe Cordina well, but the promoter was confident Cordina won. With that, he thinks a bigger fight would be boxing Leigh Wood or O’Shaquie Foster next time out.
“Listen, Vazquez will feel hard done by it,” Hearn said. “He had a very close fight with Ray Ford [a 10-round, split-decision defeat in February 2022]. He had a close fight with Joe Cordina. It’s two decisions that could’ve possibly gone his way. But tonight, particularly, I felt Joe deserved to edge the fight as champion, defending. And I think you’re gonna see the best out of him in those big challenges. No disrespect to Vazquez, but, you know, the likes of Leigh Wood, the likes of O’Shaquie Foster.
“But you have to be better in those fights. Tonight, you know, sometimes you come off the back of two fantastic performances like [Kenichi] Ogawa and [Shavkatdzhon] Rakhimov, I still thought it was a good performance. But, you know, Vazquez was very good, and we knew that coming into the fight. But I think now [it’s] time to test himself at this stage in his career and take those big moments. But thrilling fight, thrilling night and a real close one tonight,” Hearn continued.
Whether or not Eddie Hearn will get his wish for Joe Cordina is to be seen.