Farouk Kourbanov faces unbeaten Joe Cordina in London: “I’m here without pressure”
Posted On March 18, 2021
Former European Union super-featherweight champion, our compatriot Farouk Kourbanov (17 wins, 2 losses) will try to take up a hell of a challenge this Saturday at Wembley Arena in London. The 29-year-old boxer will be opposed to Joe Cordina, the ‘Welsh Wizard’ (the Welsh magician) who has 11 wins (including 7 KOs) in as many fights and who aims to “knocking on the door of a world championship” very quickly as he explained this Thursday afternoon in a press conference. “For that, I will need a clear victory on Saturday”, he added.
These statements did not seem to move Farouk Kourbanov, who assumes his position of underdog for this fight. “Cordina is a very good boxer, endowed with a beautiful technique, he has a big track record in amateurs (bronze medalist at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and European champion in 2015 in particular) and I imagine him very well prepared considering the number of sparring partners he has here “, indicates the Verviet. “It will certainly not be an easy fight for me but I will do everything to make sure it is not more easy for him! I am very focused on what I have to do, I got here without pressure. “
Without revealing his tactical plan, Farouk Kourbanov even believes he has the means to beat his opponent. “If I didn’t think I could beat him, I wouldn’t have made the trip!” launches the one who had been beaten to the decision against Devis Boschiero in Italy (2018) and against Samir Ziani, the current European champion, in France (2019). “It’s a challenge that I like. I had six or seven weeks of preparation, that’s enough. I made several glove bets with Francesco Patera, Stéphane Jamoye, Geramo Eloyan, Lorenzo Fiore. I’m ready. to give everything in the ring. “
At the hotel where Matchroom had established his quarters, all the boxers had to pass Covid tests and a few media obligations. There are not many possibilities for distraction, but whatever. “I am not here on vacation, I am training, I make sure to eat well and rest as much as possible before the fight on Saturday around 7:30 p.m. UK time. The weigh-in will take place this Friday at 1:00 p.m. “, indicates Farouk Kourbanov, ready to deposit his business card on the desk of the British promoter Eddie Hearn.