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Angelino Cordova wants title after winning decision over Axel Aragon Vega

Angelino Cordova still doesn’t know why he was considered an afterthought ahead of last week’s fight against Axel Aragon Vega.

The Venezuela native entered his United States debut undefeated, but had only fought one fighter with a winning record. That fighter was Freddy Beleno, who brought a 26-19 record to the ring in 2018 when Cordova stopped him in eight rounds to win Venezuela’s national junior flyweight title.

Vega, on the other hand, had become a respected contender at 108 pounds thanks to his competitive title challenges against Wilfredo Mendez and Hiroto Kyoguchi.

What the public overlooked, Cordova says, was his vast amateur background. Cordova, 26, had 143 amateur fights, of which he says he only lost 13. Cordova had fought all over the world as an amateur, including losing a decision to reigning gold medalist Hasanboy Dusmatov during an Olympic qualification in 2016, and numerous fights in Cuba. He had also participated in the World Series of Boxing.

“These are things that people in the world don’t know. They just look at your file. That’s why I was so confident in myself,” Cordova (17-0-1, 12 KOs) said, days after beating Vegas by split decision in Kissimmee, Fla., in the co-feature of a card broadcast on ProBox TV.

Cordova says he’s not fazed by criticism from those who felt the more aggressive Vega should have won the fight, saying he won the fight with his boxing and counter punches.

I don’t mind the reaction because people like to see a war. I was there to do my job which is boxing, and I got the result,” said Cordova, who received eight stitches due to a cut in her left eye.

Fighting in Florida was the last step following in his father’s footsteps. Cordova’s father, Angel Cordova, fought from 1981 to 1994, fighting several times in Miami, including against former world title holder Juan Nazario. Angel Cordova was her son’s first coach. That job is now filled by Percy Guyanilo, the former amateur boxer who took over coaching duties nine months ago after Cordova moved to New Jersey to train at his gym, Park Elite Boxing Academy in Roselle. Park.

Guyanilo says his network of high profile amateurs across the country helped him find fights for a boxer as small as Cordoba. Cordova fought undefeated bantamweight prospect Jose Nieves (3-0, 2 KOs) at Park Elite, and traveled all the way to Philadelphia to train with top pros at Jaron Ennis’ gym.

Guyanilo says Cordova’s absence from the world title rankings is likely due to his inactivity for over a year, but says the WBO Latino title he won will likely bring him back up the rankings.

Cordova, a promotional free agent managed by Edicson Aviles, says he would like to fight for the vacant IBF junior flyweight title that Felix Alvarado vacated in March, but doesn’t have much of a preference for the opportunity he has. gets.

“I want to fight for a world title, whatever. Everyone’s goal is to be world champion. I would like to fight Kyoguchi because he is the main champion,” Cordova said.

Guyanilo says he would like to see Cordova shoot RING Champion Hiroto Kyoguchi who some thought Vega would be in line to receive.

“I think Hiroto’s style is good for Angelino,” Guyanilo said.

“You see in the fight that even when he boxed Axel Vega in the middle of the ring, he was easy work for Angelino. When he boxed him in the middle of the ring, it was easier for Angelino than for Kyoguchi.