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Joe Cordina has written himself into Welsh boxing history and joined Joe Calzaghe, Enzo Maccarinelli and Lee Selby as world champions

Joe Cordina announced himself on the world stage on Saturday night with a picture perfect one punch knockout of Kenichi Ogawa.

This stunning second round victory saw Cordina crowned IBF super featherweight world champion and join a prestigious group of previous Welsh world boxing champions.

Cordina left Ogawa knocked out cold on the canvas after a monstrous right hand

Price is ready to cap a fine week of Welsh sporting greatness when she makes her professional boxing debut

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Price is ready to cap a fine week of Welsh sporting greatness when she makes her professional boxing debut

And ahead of Olympic gold medalist Lauren Price’s professional debut on the undercard of Richard Riakporhe vs Fabio Turchi, talkSPORT.com remembers some of the very best from Wales.

Percy-Jones

Jones was the first Welshman to ever win a world title when he beat Bill Ladbury in 1914.

He had a relatively short career competing in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions between 1911 and 1916.

His career was cut short when he signed up to fight in World War One and subsequently had to have his leg amputated and he eventually died of trench fever on Christmas Day in 1922.

Joe Calzaghe

The most well-known of all Welsh boxers has to be Calzaghe, ‘The Italian Dragon’, who is the longest reigning super middleweight world champion in boxing history.

Calzaghe fought between 1993 and 2008 and he retired with an unbeaten record of 46-0 and 32 KO wins.

Calzaghe finished his career on the biggest stage of all by beating Roy Jones Jr at Madison Square Garden

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Calzaghe finished his career on the biggest stage of all by beating Roy Jones Jr at Madison Square Garden

Along the way, Calzaghe beat some of the greatest fighters of his generation, including Roy Jones Jr, Bernard Hopkins and Mikkel Kessler.

Jimmy Wilde

For a flyweight boxer, Wilde had a knockout ratio more reminiscent of a heavyweight, with 99 KO’s in 150 fights.

Wilde’s career spanned from 1911 to 1923, with a short break in the middle while he served in World War One.

Known as the ‘Mighty Atom’ Wilde was often forced to take on considerably bigger men just to get fights and he would still usually knock them out.

Wilde had a record of 133-3-1 according to BoxRec

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Wilde had a record of 133-3-1 according to BoxRec

He was flyweight world champion and Wilde has the third longest unbeaten streak in boxing history having remained undefeated for his first 93 fights.

Enzo Maccarinelli

Maccarinelli did not quite reach the same lofty heights as Calzaghe, but considering he suffered a loss to a fighter with a losing record at Swansea Leisure Center in his fourth bout, he certainly overachieved.

He fought at both light-heavyweight and cruiserweight, but the latter was where Maccarinelli enjoyed the most success, knocking out Mark Hobson in the first round in 2006 to become the WBO cruiserweight world champion.

The Welshman defended his title three times before daring to be great and taking on British boxing legend, David Haye, in a world title unification bout, but it was not to be as Maccarinelli was stopped in the second round.

Maccarinelli may have not always come out on top, but he fought the best

Maccarinelli may have not always come out on top, but he fought the best

In the final few years of his career, Maccarinelli made a foray into the light heavyweight division, winning a British title, and in his penultimate fight he stopped an aging Roy Jones Jr.

Lee Selby

Lee Selby, similarly to Maccarinelli, also fell to defeat early in his career but bounced back to build a terrific legacy.

He picked up every belt there is on the way to world level, from a Welsh Area title and a Celtic title to British, Commonwealth and European titles.

In 2015, Selby got his shot at a world title and he grabbed it with both hands beating Evgeny Gradovich to become the IBF featherweight world champion.

Selby retired with a record of 28-4, 9 KO's

Selby retired with a record of 28-4, 9 KO’s

After defending the title on four occasions, Selby came up against Josh Warrington and he was beaten by split decision in a terrific contest.

Selby never reached the same heights afterwards, attempting to jump up to lightweight but it was not to be and he announced his retirement in April 2022.

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