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Yafai, Thorley & Barton Added To Aug 4 JDNXTGEN Card

By Elliot Foster

Gamal Yafai will be back in the ring next month as he looks to get back on track.

The former WBC International super-bantamweight champion lost his undefeated record last time out.

Yafai was on the wrong end of a decision against Gavin McDonnell, the ex-world title challenger from Hull, and is aiming to bounce back on August 4.

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He has been confirmed as an addition to the JDNXTGEN card at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

A win on the card, topped by ‘Welsh Wizard’ Joe Cordina’s vacant Commonwealth lightweight title showdown against Sean Dodd, will see him step forward to an outing on the September 8 card at the Arena Birmingham, also on Sky Sports, which is topped by Amir Khan against Samuel Vargas.

Yafai will be joined on the Cardiff bill by Welsh Area light-heavyweight champion Nathan Thorley and super-middleweight prospect Daniel Barton.

Kazakh Olympic champion Daniyar Yeleussinov fights for the fourth time in the paid code, while Natasha Jonas makes the first defence of her WBA female International super-featherweight title, Jordan Gill looks to remain undefeated and Sean McGoldrick fights in his home city for the first time as a pro.

IN OTHER NEWS: July 14th could be a massive date in the professional career of Eric Donovan as the Athy featherweight has taken Olympic medallist and former teammate Kenneth Egan on board as coach as the pair hunt a European title shot together.

The reigning BUI Celtic champion, fights for the eighth time, headlining his fourth show, and will finally become eligible for the European rankings. Needing eight fights on his record before the European Boxing Union will consider him, Donovan hits this milestone when he tops the 'Celtic Clash 6' bill at Good Counsel GAA Club in Drimnagh, Dublin this Saturday night.

A lack of willing opponents in Ireland has stalled Donovan's dream of claiming an Irish professional title to go with his five amateur crowns, and 'Lilywhite Lightning' now looks set to bypass to continental level. The current European champion is Spaniard Marc Vidal who soon defends against Kiko Martinez - remember him? - and Donovan, for now, is targeting the new European Union champion Andoni Gago.

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