Cordina Eyes Navarrete Unification: “We Could Do It In Las Vegas”

Could Cordina vs Navarrete Kickoff a Unification Run at 130?

Joe Cordina eyes unification with Emanuel Navarrete
Joe Cordina eyes unification with Emanuel Navarrete | credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing, Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Joe Cordina Targets Emanuel Navarrete for 2024 Unification Bout

IBF junior lightweight champion Joe Cordina (16-0, 9 KOs) is a fighter with a burning desire to face and beat the elite at 130. The 31-year-old from Cardiff, Wales craves a unification battle with an eye on an eventual fight with WBO 130-pound champion Emanuel Navarrete (38-1, 31 KOs).


Cordina is currently deep in preparation for a*title defense against Edward Vazquez on November 4. But during an interview with the British media outlet Boxing Social, the IBF champion explained why Navarrete tops his hitlist.

“The biggest draw out of all of them is Navarrete, as he just beat Oscar Valdez, who is probably the biggest name in the division, apart from myself.”

“I think the following he’s got, being Mexican, that’s a fight we could do in Las Vegas . . . That’s what I want after this fight.”


Ultimately, the question is if Cordina can secure that kind of matchup. He previously expressed frustration with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, over his inability to land a high-profile fight. The fighter and promoter recently had a meeting to hash out their issues. Cordina said the discussions were positive and believes they are now on one accord.

Despite the ambition, the Welshman understands that a fight with Navarrete or any other world junior lightweight champion means nothing if he can’t get past his upcoming match with Vazquez. Should Cordina take care of business on November 4, he believes 2024 will be a huge year, which could include an eventual fight with Navarrete.

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