Kal Yafai Hopes For Future Clash With Kohei Kono

This past Saturday, Kal Yafai claimed the vacant British super-flyweight title with a unanimous points victory over an outclassed Jason Cunningham in Birmingham.

Despite a significant height disadvantage, Yafai asserted his superiority from the first bell and even began showboating midway through the fight as he easily extended his unbeaten record to 17-0 with scores of 119-108, 120-107, 120-107.

The 26-year-old was never required to produce his best, his most eye-catching moments coming when he staggered Cunningham with a double left hook in the fifth and then knocked down his overwhelmed opponent with a scuffed left to the back of the head in the sixth.

Yafai now wants to step up to world level and has identified Japan's Kohei Kono, the WBA super-flyweight champion, as a potential target.

He said: "First of all, you've got to give it up to Jason Cunningham. He's tough and he took everything. I thought I had him gone but he took it all. He's a really tough kid. I was dominant all the way through. He didn't really want to mix it up with me.

"[I want to] get the right fight at the right time. I watched the fight last night for the WBA title between Kono and [Koki] Kameda. Kono won, retained his WBA title. Maybe that is something we can look at down the line - bring him over here from Japan and take his title off him."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 10-19-2015

Kal needs to fight Jamie Conlan next. "End Of"!!!!!...............

Comment by Clegg on 10-19-2015

I hate when boxers talk about facing someone 'down the line'. Not saying he won't make the step up but he considering how good he looked a few years back I thought he'd be there by now.

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