Advertisement
Advertisement

Kal Yafai Goes For Vacant Commonwealth Belt on 5/21

Kal Yafai will face Yaqub Kareem for the vacant Commonwealth Super Flyweight title on Wednesday May 21 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, live on Sky Sports – with younger brother Gamal making his professional debut on the bill.

Yafai fights for his first pro title on the bill against the former champion from Nigeria, who won the belt in 2011 and came to England last April to defend it against Paul Butler. Yafai returned to action in October after a period out of the ring with an injured bicep, and claimed his seventh win inside the distance from ten pro contests in December – with his move into double figures in the paid ranks convincing the 24 year old that he was ready to chase his first honours as a pro.

“I’m very excited to fight for my first title,” said Yafai. “I’m no longer a prospect and I believe I am ready for the big titles, starting with the Commonwealth. Kareem has held the belt before and I know that it will be a tough fight, but I am confident of getting a win in style and building on that later in the year.”

Younger brother Gamal will begin life as a pro in the Super Bantamweight division, and brings with him great amateur pedigree. The 22 year old joined the GB development team at 16, won the ABAs at 17 and was promoted to the Team GB podium squad at 18 – and now he’s ready to make waves in the paid ranks.

“I have wanted to go pro for a long time and I cannot wait to get out there in the pros and show what I have got,” said Yafai, whose appearance is subject to the approval of his license from the British Boxing Board of Control. “It’s great to be making my debut on a brilliant bill like this and it’s going to be a special night for the family.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn says that this show kicks off a new era of big time boxing in Leeds, and with Gamal added to brother Kal in the Matchroom Boxing stable, he expects to make a similar move in their hometown of Birmingham later this year.

“I’m so excited to add Gamal to our roster of young British stars,” said Hearn. “Those who have seen him in action know that he’s a powerful and aggressive fighter and that’s the kind of boxer that fans want to see.

“Kal is ready to start stepping up into title fights now and if he can get his hands on the Commonwealth crown on May 21 in Leeds, I think we will have the chance to put on some special nights in Birmingham with these two boys.”

Josh Warrington defends his Commonwealth Featherweight title against Martin Lindsay in his hometown fresh from his win over Rendall Munroe in Manchester on April 19, and the 23 year old is delighted to be back in the ring so quickly in another big test.

“I’ve still got some Easter eggs at home I haven’t touched!” said Warrington. “I’ve been patient in my career so far so I am not going to turn down fights when they come along and this is a big fight for me.

“If I keep winning and beating good names, then I can really look to doing big things in Leeds, but I am not looking past Martin as I know that he’s a top class operator.”

Liverpool’s Stephen Smith has a huge fight on the bill against Fernando David Saucedo for the WBC Silver Super Featherweight title in a crunch eliminator clash, and after the fight was postponed from its scheduled March 15 date on Merseyside, Smith is chomping at the bit to finally face his foe.

“It’s been a lifetime coming for me,” said Smith. “I’ve watched so much of him that I’m sick of the sight of him to be honest, but I feel I am so ready for this now and I feel that a great performance puts me right on track for a World title shot.”

Gavin McDonnell also defends his British Super Bantamweight title against Josh Wale and Hull Lightweight star Tommy Coyle is in action on a crunch night in Yorkshire.

“It’s a massive night for all the fighters on the card,” said Hearn. “Josh has stepped up to the plate in his last two fights and does so again. Martin is a top, top Featherweight and a win over him will be a huge moment for Josh.

“Stephen has worked his socks off to get to this position and he can smell that World title fight. Saucedo is going to be Stephen’s toughest fight to date, he’s a canny operator with bags of experience and no shortage of ability, but I believe Stephen will do the business and move that step closer to his dream.”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 available from the First Direct Arena on 0844 248 1585 and at www.firstdirectarena.com. VIP tickets priced at £120 are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

Tags: Kal Yafai image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Santa Cruz: I Won't Be Like Quigg, I'll Force Frampton To Fight! Hatton Warns Harrison That Rabchenko Will Make Statement Joseph Diaz Reflects on Velez Win, Talks Strategy Against Proa Ed Brown Returns To The Ring Against Venegas in Indiana Santa Cruz Hopes Mares Overcomes Eye Issue; Wants Rematch Josh Warrington: I Want Lee Selby More Than Anyone Else Amir Khan: I'll Fight Conor McGregor To Prove I'm a Real Man! Roach: If He's 100%, Pacquiao Would Destroy Floyd Mayweather! Joseph Diaz vs. Josh Warrington Clash Eyed By Golden Boy Dusty Harrison vs. Thomas 'Cornflake' Lamanna on Sept. 16 Lee Selby Will Have a Ringside Eye on Santa Cruz vs. Frampton Pacquiao Says Comeback is NOT About Money, But Passion Khan on Canelo: He Weighed 187 With Me - Fight Golovkin! Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Ring the Damn Bell Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November Video: Golovkin's Coach on Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, More Leo Santa Cruz: If Dad Didn't Get Better, I May Have Pulled Out Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement