Joe Cordina was not only noticeably taller, but a pound heavier than Edward Vazquez when they stepped on the scale Friday afternoon in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Cordina came in a 129.9 pounds for his first defense of the IBF junior lightweight title he won for the second time in his last fight. Vazquez, the ninth-ranked challenger for Cordina’s crown, officially weighed 128.8 pounds.

They’ll fight Saturday night in a 12-round main event DAZN will stream worldwide from Casino de Monte Carlo. DAZN’s undercard coverage is set to start at 8 p.m. BST in the United Kingdom and 3 p.m. EDT in the United States.

DraftKings sportsbook lists Cordina as a 14-1 favorite.

Cordina (16-0, 9 KOs), a 2016 Olympian from Cardiff, Wales, will look to build on the momentum of his 12-round, split-decision victory over Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov (17-1-1, 14 KOs) on April 22 at Utilita Arena Cardiff. The 31-year-old Cordina won back the IBF 130-pound title from Rakhimov that the IBF stripped from him because a hand injury postponed his mandated championship defense against Tajikistan’s Rakhimov last year.

Rakhimov stopped England’s Zelfa Barrett (29-2, 16 KOs) in the ninth round last November 5 in Abu Dhabi to win the IBF’s then-unclaimed championship.

Vazquez (15-1, 3 KOs), of Fort Worth, Texas, has won four straight bouts since his controversial 10-round, split-decision loss to Raymond Ford (14-0-1, 7 KOs) in a featherweight fight that took place in February 2022 at Footprint Center in Phoenix.

The official weights for the first three fights DAZN will stream are listed below.


8 p.m. BST; 3 p.m. EDT

Sivenathi Nontshinga (12-0, 9 KOs), Reeston, South Africa, 107.7 pounds vs. Adrian Curiel (23-4-1, 4 KOs), Mexico City, 107.9 pounds, 12 rounds for Nontshinga’s IBF flyweight title.

Souleymane Cissokho (16-0, 9 KOs), Dakar Senegal, 146.6 pounds vs. Isaias Lucero (16-1, 10 KOs), Tijuana, Mexico, 147 pounds, 12 rounds, welterweights.

Julissa Guzman (13-2-2, 7 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, 121.5 pounds vs. Ramla Ali (8-1, 2 KOs), Mogadishu, Somalia, 121.8 pounds, 10 rounds, junior featherweights.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.