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Kal Yafai vs. Suguru Muranaka at Barclaycard Arena on May 13

Kal Yafai will defend his WBA World Super-Flyweight title against Suguru Muranaka at the Barclaycard Arena on May 13, live on Sky Sports – where Sam Eggington also challenges Cerefino Rodriguez for the European Welterweight title on a stacked bill.

Yafai became Birmingham’s first World champion when he landed the crown with a clinical showing against Luis Concepcion in Manchester in December.

The unbeaten 27 year old will defend on home soil against Japan’s Muranaka, the 32 year old former Japanese Flyweight champion who boxes outside of Tokyo for the first time in his 13 year career.

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Yafai extended his unbeaten record in the pro game to 21-0 when he landed the title – but now believes he’s starting a new career as a World champion, with a target on his back from his first defence as he targets unification bouts down the line.

“It's a tough first defence and that's what I need,” said Yafai. “I want hard fights that are going to help me when I face unification fights.

“This is what I started boxing for. I wanted massive nights in Birmingham and it doesn't get better for me. It's been amazing since winning the title. Every time I’m walking around the city I get stopped for photos and for autographs - but I know that it's harder to keep a title than it is to win it, so the real work is only just beginning.”

Chief support comes from Eggington’s European title crack at Rodriguez, the Spaniard that landed the vacant title in December. Eggington is full of confidence heading into the bout having stopped former two-weight World champion Paulie Malignaggi at The O2, and the hard-hitting 23 year old wants to build on his wins over Malignaggi and Frankie Gavin with another prize scalp.

“I have real hunger back after losing to Bradley Skeete and this is massive for me as I never thought I'd reach this level,” said Eggington.

“I had to learn a lot after Skeete. I have grown up and come back strong with wins over Frankie and Paulie. If I can add a win over Rodriguez to those two names and then defend the title well, people will start talking about World titles and I think that I’ve earned the right to be in the conversation for them.”

Gavin returns to action following his fight of the year battle with Eggington and ‘Funtime’ is taking the first steps to move down to fight at Super-Lightweight by taking on Derby’s Dave Ryan in a crunch clash made at 145lbs, while Yafai’s younger brother Gamal takes on WBC International Super-Bantamweight champion Sean Davis.

Unbeaten talents Ryan Kelly and Adam Harper clash for the Midlands Area Middleweight title and there’s more local interest with Lennox Clarke, Jordan Clayton, Charlie Williams and Cori Gibbs in action.

Tickets are priced £40, £60 and £100 with VIP tickets priced £200. Tickets are on sale now to Matchroom Fight Pass members via this link: https://www.stubhub.co.uk/event/9848335/?gcid=chPRT-_-geoUK-_-genOthSpt-_-dt170314-_-cmpYafaiFP-_-partMatchroom

Tickets go on general sale at midday on Thursday March 16 from the Barclaycard Arena with tickets priced at £40, £60 and £100 available from www.barclaycardarena.co.uk. VIP tickets priced at £200 are exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com

Face value tickets for May 13 are also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-16-2017

How come Gamal's Commonwealth title's not on the line?

Comment by Sparked_26 on 03-15-2017

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;17505944]If only all prospects were brought through like Eggington... Sad that the only reason he has been matched this tough is because there isnt/wasnt as much hype around him. Skeete must be watching all this through gritted teeth a…

Comment by Tom Cruise on 03-15-2017

If only all prospects were brought through like Eggington... Sad that the only reason he has been matched this tough is because there isnt/wasnt as much hype around him. Skeete must be watching all this through gritted teeth a bit.…

Comment by NEETzsche on 03-15-2017

Soft first defence for Kal (though hopefully building towards unification with Inoue?) but I like the Eggington and Gamal Yafai fights on the undercard

Comment by DoktorSleepless on 03-15-2017

Did Anthony Mundine discover a time machine?

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