Yafai Defends WBA Super Flyweight Title
Against Jimenez In Providence On June 29
Kal Yafai will defend his WBA World Super-Flyweight title
against Norbelto Jimenez on Saturday June 29 at the Dunkiní
Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, live on DAZN in
the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Yafai (25-0 15 KOs) puts his title on the line for the fifth
time and the Birmingham star returns to action following a
points win over Israel Gonzalez in Monte Carlo in November.
The unbeaten champion makes his second appearance on
American soil after forcing David Carmona to retire after
dominating the Mexican over seven rounds.
Yafaiís next obstacle in the way of the unification bouts he
desires comes in the shape of mandatory challenger Jimenez
(29-8-4 16 KOs), the Dominican man is unbeaten in 30 fights
after turning his career around from early defeats, and the
28 year old will fight for the WBA belt for the second time
having drawn against previous champion Kohei Kono back in
ďIím very excited to be back in action,Ē said Kal Yafai, who
turns 30 today. ďAfter my last fight Iíve got to go out
there and win and look good doing so.
ďHeís obviously going to be a good fighter because heís my
mandatory. I know he boxed for the World title nearly four
and a half years ago against Kono and he drew in Japan.
Since then he hasnít really boxed fighters of a high calibre.
Itís a long time to box guys at that level and then step up
and fight someone like me. Iím looking to show everyone that
Iím one of the finest World champions out there and make my
mark in America.
ďI fought in America last year and we all thought we were
going to fight Jerwin Ancajas afterwards, the IBF Champion,
but they didnít seem to be up for it at all. Itís been a bit
frustrating at times, and I had a hand injury earlier this
year. After my last fight, and especially the performance,
itís given me that hunger to want it even more, to stay at
the top and get those big fights. I think at times Iíve got
a bit complacent, before my last fight, and thatís
completely changed for this one so Iíll be at my game 100
ďIt was a disappointing night for me in Monte Carlo. I
didnít perform how Iíd normally like to perform. Everyone
can see that that wasnít myself in there that night but like
I said on the night, I donít like to make excuses. I get in
the ring and I fight, and when I get in the ring to fight I
should beat them up, at my best, and if Iím not at my best I
shouldnít be in the ring fighting. Thereís a few things that
I could have done better, but Iíve rectified all of my
issues that I had going into that fight and hopefully I can
show that it was just an off night in my last fight.Ē
ďI want to say thank you for the opportunity to Team Yafai
because they waited until the WBA ordered the fight and I
became a mandatory challenger,Ē said Norbelto Jimenez. ďI
feel like they are underestimating me, and that make me
happy because it motivates me every day much more. I thank
Bťlgica PeŮa of Shuan Boxing for the great support of many
years, and also thanks to Golden Boy who is allowing me to
be part of their family.
ďIt has been a long wait after fighting to a draw in Japan
in my first world title opportunity. And now I just want to
say that on June 29, the Dominican Republic will have a new
world champion, and his name is Norbelto ďMeneitoĒ Jimťnez.Ē
"This is a big fight for Kal, especially in light of what
lays ahead," said promoter Eddie Hearn. "If he can beat
Jimenez on June 29, itís very likely his next fight will be
a unification with pound for pound star Juan Estrada, so he
must get the job done in Providence. Itís amazing that he
now stands as Britainís longest reigning World champion and
we are expecting a top class display on a huge night of
Yafaiís clash with Jimenez is part of a blockbuster night of
action in Providence as hometown hero Demetrius Andrade
defends his WBO World Middleweight title against Polandís
Maciej Sulecki, while former Heavyweight world ruler Joseph
Parker fights for the first time under his new deal with
Matchroom Boxing USA.