Joseph Cordina

Joseph Cordina
Personal information
Nationality British
Born (1991-12-01) 1 December 1991
Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 61 kg (134 lb)[1]
Sport Boxing
Rated at Lightweight

Joseph "Joe" Cordina (born 1 December 1991) is a British boxer who won a bronze medal for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and has qualified to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Summer Olympics due to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Personal life

Cordina was born on 1 December 1991 in Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom.[1][2] In 2015 he had a daughter with his partner Lauren Beere.[3]


At the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, he lost in the first round of the lightweight event to Eugen Burhard of Germany by a score of 7–13.[2] In 2012 Cordina won a bronze medal at the European Under-22 Boxing Championships held in Russia. He defeated German boxer Artur Bril in his quarterfinal bout before losing 13–12 to Russian Maksim Shmiglev in the semifinals.[4] He was eliminated from the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships after losing his first bout in the lightweight event to Lázaro Álvarez of Cuba.[2] At the 2012 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament he was eliminated after his bout against David Joyce of Ireland was stopped in the third round.[2][5]

He represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland. Competing in the men's lightweight division he defeated Pat McCormack of England in the first round,[6] the Canada's David Gauthier in the round of 16.[7] In the quarterfinals he defeated Chad Milnes of New Zealand, guaranteeing himself at least a bronze medal.[8] He lost his semifinal to Scotland's Charlie Flynn by a split judge's decision and was eliminated from the tournament, to finish with a bronze medal.[9]

Cordina won the lightweight gold medal at the 2015 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Samokov, Bulgaria, beating Otan Eranosyan of Georgia in the final. He was the only British boxer to win a gold medal at the event.[3] At the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships held in Doha, Qatar, he reached the quarterfinals of the lightweight division by beating Kwon Chol-guk of North Korea in the round of 16,[10] but was then eliminated after losing to Robson Conceição of Brazil.[11][12]

He boxed at the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament in Samsun, Turkey. He secured qualification for the lightweight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by beating David Joyce, who had eliminated him from the 2012 Olympic qualification tournament, in the semifinals.[5][13][14]


  1. 1 2 3 "Joseph Cordina Biography". Official website of the The Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "60KG – Joseph Cordina". AIBA. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. 1 2 Griffiths, Gareth (17 August 2015). "Boxing superstar Joe Cordina celebrating European gold, just a month after becoming a father for the first time". Wales Online. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  4. "Boxing: Joe Cordina claims European bronze". Wales Online. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Joe Cordina qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics!". Boxing Wales. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  6. Lewis, Ron (26 July 2014). "Joe Cordina lifts Welsh spirits with victory over Pat McCormack". The Times. UK. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  7. Selby, Andrew (27 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games 2014: Boxer Joe Cordina powers his way into quarter-finals". Wales Online. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  8. Penman, Andrew (29 July 2014). "Medal in the bag, but Joe Cordina wants gold". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  9. Penman, Andrew (1 August 2014). "Joe Cordina beaten as Welsh boxers have to settle for bronze". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  10. Grifiths, Gareth (9 October 2015). "Welsh boxer Joe Cordina moves into World Championships quarter-final". Wales Online. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  11. "Boxing World Championships: Joe Joyce into semi-finals but trio lose". BBC Sport. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  12. Griffiths, Gareth (12 October 2015). "Welsh boxer Joe Cordina bows out in World Championships quarter-finals". Wales Online. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  13. "Joe Cordina: Olympic qualification 'means everything'". BBC Sport. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  14. "Olympic boxing: Nicola Adams among eight British qualifiers for Rio 2016". BBC Sport. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
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