Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Kal Yafai Views First Title as Start of Something Big

Birmingham super-flyweight Kal Yafai has vowed that the Commonwealth title will be the first many.

The 23-year-old takes on Yaqub Kareem for the vacant Commonwealth strap in Leeds on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports, in what will be only his 10th fight in the paid ranks.

He raced to 8-0 after turning pro in July 2012 but with the boxing world at his feet, he was forced to endure seven months on the sidelines with a bicep tear. The Birmingham talent returned to action last October and then moved to 10-0 in December with a seventh win inside the distance.

However, he does admit that such a long injury was tough to deal with.

"You are on the tip of everyone's tongue ... everyone is buzzing about you and saying you are one of the world's best prospects. Then all of a sudden you are taking a backseat and watching everyone else," said Yafai.

"It's been very frustrating but you have to be mentally tough as well and luckily I am. I know what I am capable of and I knew that I would be back and back strong and I'll show that.

"I've had enough of those fights where I am expected to win against journeymen - I had had enough of them after three pro fights to be honest. You have to go through it, I can't pick the opponents. I just get in and do the business and fight who I am told.

"The first three weeks with the bicep tear I couldn't do anything. I was stuck in my flat with my arm in my cast, couldn't drive, couldn't even get changed - and in the middle of summer too.

"My missus had to dress me, wash me sometimes, it was horrible. I got out of the cast in time to go on holiday and I was able to enjoy that, but when I got back it was straight into the rehab.

"I was a bit worried at the beginning because you're out for so long and you have no use of your left arm then all of a sudden you are using it again but you have to build up slowly, build the strength back.

"To build back muscle strength is hard to do, but luckily enough it was fine and I was back in business. It felt odd being back in the ring again but I got into the groove again in December and I am flying now.

"I had a couple of eight-rounders, the first was when I got injured and boxed him with one arm so I couldn't get him out of there.

"I know I am ready. I've had 10 fights - there's an argument that I have been out for a long time but people don't see what I have been doing in the gym behind closed doors, I have had plenty of sparring, plenty of rounds and I am ready for those championship fights.

"I'm very excited about tomorrow's fight. I've been training hard, I'm in great shape and I just want to get in there now and get the job done and grab hold of my first title belt."

Yafai's clash with Kareem is part of a great night of action in Leeds as local star Josh Warrington defends his Commonwealth featherweight title against Martin Lindsay, with the British strap also on the line.

Liverpool's Stephen Smith takes on former world title challenger Mauricio Javier Munoz for the WBC Silver super-featherweight title and crunch eliminator clash.

Kal's younger brother, Gamal, makes his professional debut at super-bantamweight and Gavin McDonnell defends his British super-bantamweight title against Josh Wale in a Yorkshire derby.

Hull's lightweight star Tommy Coyle, newly-crowned English light-welterweight champion Tyrone Nurse, Brentwood's super-featherweight Martin J. Ward and Middlesbrough cruiserweight Simon Vallily are all in action.

** Tickets are on sale 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 Indongo Advises IBF of Injury, Lipinets Defense May Get Delayed McGregor's Manager Updates on Latest With Mayweather Fight Photo: WBC Reveals Special Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Title Belt Peter Fury Reacts To Claims Hughie Ran From Joseph Parker Shot Anthony Joshua Fires Back at Klitschko as Tensions Begin To Rise Wilder: Parker Should Forget About May 6th, Fight Me in July Broner To Tim Bradley: Bald Head Uncle Tom, Stop Talking Crazy Mike Alvarado, Saucedo Added To Michael Conlan Chicago Card Horn's Coach Warns Pacquiao: Jeff Can Hit as Hard as Marquez! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Joe Cordina To Open Up The Show Bellew: Tyson Fury Keeps Calling Me Out, We Might Have To Dance! Showtime's Espinoza: There's One Network Committed to Boxing Vitali Klitschko Admits Wladimir's Career on The Ropes in Defeat Zambrano vs. Marrero Undercard - PBC Special Telivised Prelims Heiland Ready For Jermall Charlo Eliminator, Then Golovkin Shot Klitschko Not Ruling Out Joshua Mentally 'Crumbling Like a Cookie' Porter Questions Thurman's Commitment to Fighting Him Next Broner: Me and Terence Crawford Will Be a Future PPV Fight Anthony Joshua Vows To Stay Calm, Not Go Into Mike Tyson Mode Hearn: Quigg vs. Simion Winner Could Face Lee Selby Next David Benavidez Talks Golovkin Sparring, Medina, Yildirim, More Kevin Lerena To Face Maxim Maslov For IBO Title on August 12 Wladimir Klitschko: Hopefully I Have a Couple of Years Left in Me Bellew: Being Heavyweight Champion is a Realistic Possibility Now! Saunders on Khurtsidze: Puffed Up Danny DeVito Never Beats Me! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Who's Winning the Battle of the Preparation? Nacho Wants Chavez To Use Lara, Mayweather Tactics on Canelo Shakur Stevenson and The Making of The Next Black Superstar Vitali Klitschko Confident Wladimir Will Topple Joshua at Wembley Porter's Coach: 1000% We Can Beat Keith Thurman in Rematch! Martin Murray vs. Gabe Rosado - CompuBox Punch Stats Shawn Porter vs. Andre Berto - CompuBox Punch Stats Imre Szello Stops Toth To Retain WBO Regional Belt in Hungary Pacquiao Aims To Make Statement, Prove He's Still in Top Form Breazeale Ready To Replace Fury - Fight Parker on Late Notice Broner: Somebody Tried to Kill Me, But It's OK; I’m Still Here Pacquiao: I Don't Know Much About Horn, Haven't Seen His Fights Murray on Gabe Rosado's Complaints: I Won The Fight, F*** Him! Team Parker: Hughie Fury Never Wanted To Come To New Zealand Klitschko: Joshua Wants To Be a Billionaire, Must KO Me as Promised
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement