KAL YAFAI: IN THE LIMELIGHT


Khalid Yafai’s 6-0 and 83% K.O. record as a pro. aren’t the real reasons his matches are becoming highlights for the scientifically inclined.  Kal’s becoming a hit because the level of boxing displayed in his first year as a professional has been impressive. Of course the competition faced by Yafai has been in keeping with the early stage of his career, but the bantamweight from Birmingham also sports quality amateur credentials (including the Olympics) which can seperate opponents from contenders.

Kal Yafai’s technique should be pleasing to supporters of the sport.  Having watched 4 of his 6 professional bouts so far, it’s obvious that this guy knows how to box.  What I’ve been most impressed by is his balanced, yet dangerous (for the opponent) boxing style.  Calculated movement combined with dynamic body punching, effective use of the jab, devastating combinations and successful defensive tactics have been up to the task so far.

While the 23 year old’s ability is clear, the fact that he’s a professional novice means that expectations should be realistic.  He’s still progressing.

Promoted by Matchroom boxing, Yafai has seen a gradual increase in the level of competition and the number of rounds boxed.   Kal’s growth in status has resulted in him being featured prominently on the Matchroom bill for the 19th of January as the main non-Prizefighter event of the night.  An opponent has yet to be named and the number of rounds haven’t been confirmed either.

Is he ready for a ten round bout against a legitimate threat, or is it too early in his career for that?

Whatever the outcome, I’m interested in seeing where he goes from here and look forward to watching him continue to develop.

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