YAFAI EXPECTS ELITE LEVEL BREAKTHROUGH AFTER VOLUNTARY DEFENCE IN MONTE CARLO
Wednesday 21st November 2018
WBA 'Super' Super-flyweight champion Kal Yafai (24-0; 15 KOs) makes the fourth defence of his title, at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, against former world title challenger, Israel Gonzalez (23-2; 10 KOs).
The Mexican makes the long trip across the Atlantic to face Yafai in neutral territory and is extremely confident of dethroning the Birmingham fighter, in what looks like his toughest defence on paper.
After defeating Luis Concepcion, in December 2016, capturing the vacant WBA title at the Manchester Arena, Yafai has yet been rewarded with a unification with one of the other champions and been forced by the governing body, to make consecutive defences or face being stripped.
The 115lb division shapes up to be one of the hottest divisions in world boxing at the moment, with Jerwin Ancajas in scintillating form since winning his IBF title and has beaten the likes of Jason Sultan, Jamie Conlan and Gonzalez on route to his sixth successful defence of the strap.
Kal represents one of three aspiring world champions and has accomplished that goal with brothers Gamal and Galal, on their own journey to the pinnacle of the sport.
The Yafai family have yet to be given the deserved credit and exposure with Kal and Gamal seasoned professionals, while youngest Gamal gets ready for Tokyo 2020, in his pursuit for Olympic Gold.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom return to the South of France for a Boxing Bonanza which features British light-heavyweight Frank Buglioni, WBA Super World Cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and heavyweight action between Alexander Ustinov and Michael Hunter; here the winner can target a potential mega showdown with unified world champion Anthony Joshua, in the future.
Yafai has warned that it is his time to take over the division as the 'underrated' world champion and has welcomed fights with pound-for-pound king, Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez in his hometown whilst also travelling to America for the big undisputed fights with Ancajas and unified WBC and Ring Magazine king, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
The domestic feud with world flyweight title challenger, Charlie Edwards who takes on Cristofer Rosales has heated up the past few months but with Edwards dropping down to flyweight, Yafai's focus will be fixated on the world/elite scene before even entertaining this fan-friendly encounter.