Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Kal Yafai in Play For December 14

By Manouk Akopyan 

The junior bantamweight division is looking to identify a unified champion.

A fight between WBC and The Ring Magazine champion Juan Francisco Estrada and WBA titlist Khalid Yafai is being negotiated for Dec. 14, Fernando Beltran, head of Zanfer Promotions, told

“We’re looking to unify the titles on that date,” said Beltran, Estrada’s promoter. “We’re very excited about that fight.”


Beltran said he’ll move over to IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas and WBO titleholder Kazuto Ioka should Estrada continue showing his dominant form against Yafai.

Last month, Estrada (40-3, 27 KOs) dropped Dewayne Beamon twice in the second round en route to scoring a ninth round TKO. In April, the 29-year-old Estrada avenged his 2018 defeat to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai with a unanimous decision win to earn the WBC and Ring honors. 

Yafai (26-0, 15 KOs) is promoted by Matchroom Boxing and has enjoyed an unblemished career since representing Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics. In June, he fought in the United States for just the second time when he defeated Norbelto Jimenez on the Demetrius Andrade-Maciej Sulecki undercard.

One day before that fight, the Mexican pound-for-pound star Estrada signed a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and Zanfer Promotions.

That union will ultimately pave a path to Yafai by the end of the year. 

Manouk Akopyan has been a member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011 and has written for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Guardian and Philadelphia Inquirer. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at [email protected].

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by landotter on 09-11-2019

[QUOTE=ceylon mooney;20048329]i feel u bro. oh man—dont bet![/QUOTE] Dude, the bets I have had to pay off..... :pat:

Comment by P4Pdunny on 09-10-2019

lets get it

Comment by SceneBoxer on 09-10-2019

[QUOTE=RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM;20048028]Ancajas vs Ioka would be nice. Winner fights Estrada/Yafai[/QUOTE] I second this to have one undisputed unified champion...

Comment by SceneBoxer on 09-10-2019


Comment by ceylon mooney on 09-10-2019

[QUOTE=landotter;20048143]I picked Estrada when he lost to Sor Rungvisai. I picked against Estrada when he got his revenge and defeated Sor Rungvisai. Estrada s one of my favorite boxers, and I am a huge fan. Logic holds I should absolutely…

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