January 25, 2017
January 25, 2017
Roman Gonzalez

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WBA super-flyweight champion Kal Yafai wants to be the best fighter on the planet. To do that he’d have to beat Roman Gonzalez, the WBC titlist in the division and the Boxing News pound-for-pound ruler.

“That’s a big one,” Kal said. “You’ve got fighters jumping up weights to try and get a fight with him.

“I’ve got a great team behind me, Eddie [Hearn] and Matchroom. Big time boxing’s over here. I’m sure in the next year to 18 months that’s a fight that can happen over here, a big unification fight.”

How would he approach the challenge? “The thing is, you see his fight with Carlos Cuadras and you see how bad he marked up in that fight and he [Cuadras] had his moments in that fight. Cuadras is a good fighter himself. He beat Concepcion like myself, really in a similar way to how I did. It’s just one of them. There’s different ways you can box Gonzalez. He’s a world class fighter, he’s not rated as pound for pound number one fighter in the world for no reason. Obviously I know it would be a ridiculously hard night,” Yafai said. “I think in the next couple of fights I will just keep learning and keep improving on the way and I think that’s a fight that I’m capable of winning.

“I’ve watched his fights and looked up to him and things like that and he’s doing brilliant things for the super-flyweight division because he brings attention to the division, which the little men don’t get a lot of. There’s people that rate the super-flyweight division as the best in boxing at the moment. It’s getting recognition. Now’s a time in boxing where the division’s really highly rated.

“If that fight can happen down the line and I can win that fight. Then obviously it puts me right, right up there.”