GAVIN Gwynne’s insatiable hunger for success could be what sees him topple British and Commonwealth lightweight king Joe Cordina, according to the challenger’s trainer Tony Borg.

Former St Joseph’s stablemates Gwynne, 29, and Cordina, 27, lock horns at London’s O2 Arena on August 31, with one of the duo’s perfect records set to go.

Gwynne (11-0), in preparation for the all-Welsh showdown, has given up his day job to become a full-time professional, giving himself every chance of dethroning the champion.

Borg, who trained Cordina (9-0) before Joe’s switch to the paid ranks, expects a barnstormer on the night, and it’s a fight he believes Newport-based Gwynne can win.

“We’re over the moon with the fight,” he said. “Gavin won his eliminator last October and deserved a straight shot at the champion.

“But, as often happens in boxing, it wasn’t going to be that straightforward and he was going to box James Tennyson in a final eliminator.

"In all honesty, Tennyson is probably a more dangerous opponent than Joe Cordina.

“Gavin has got a straight shot at the champion now and Tennyson is boxing Craig Evans in an eliminator.”

He continued: “I think Gwynne-Cordina it will be a fantastic fight. Both are stylish boxers and big for the weight.

“Joe has a bit more experience than Gavin, but Gavin has got a huge heart and a great engine.

“It has got all the makings of a great fight, and it would have been fantastic in Wales. Gavin can win it. They’ve both got a lot of good attributes, but Gavin can pull it off on the day.

“Gavin’s gone full-time with his boxing. In the past, he would allow himself a couple of days off work here and there, do his sparring and then go back.

“Gavin hasn’t had the luxury of being able to focus just on his boxing, like Joe has had.

“Joe is with one of the big management and promotional companies and has got a higher profile.

“But Gavin is hungry to go to the top, and I think it could be that hunger that gets him the win at the O2.”

Borg added: “I would imagine Gavin is going to be the underdog, but Lee Selby was in a similar position when he challenged Stephen Smith.

“Lee wasn’t known as a big puncher, but he went to Liverpool with the intention of becoming British and Commonwealth featherweight champion and stopped Smith.”

Cardiff-born Cordina, trained by Tony Sims in Essex, hasn’t looked back since turning professional, claiming seven stoppages and three titles in all.

However, Borg doesn’t believe he has been tested yet. “I’m not surprised at what Joe has done,” said Borg.

“He boxed at the highest level in the amateurs and has made the transition to the pros quite easily.

“I don’t rate any of his opponents so far, but he has stepped up to the plate and won his titles.”