Kal Yafai set for major US fight next year

Kal Yafai
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But first Kal Yafai must defend his world title in October, writes John Dennen

THERE will be plenty on the line for Kal Yafai when he fights Sho Ishida on October 28. If Yafai defends his WBA super-flyweight title he can expect to box in America in significant contests.

“HBO are crying out for Kal Yafai, which is amazing for Kal. I said to him the other night, you are the luckiest bloke I’ve ever met. You’re a super-flyweight and you are about to really be put into stardom and a lot of money as well. At super-fly,” his promoter Eddie Hearn said.

He could face Jonas Sultan, who beat John Riel Casimero last month or Juan Francisco Estrada, on a show broadcast by HBO. “They’re all tough in that division,” Hearn said. “The other one is [IBF super-flyweight champion Jerwin] Ancajas, who’s got to fight Jamie Conlan, but he’s very good. It’s just a case of whether we jump into a huge unification fight. I would like to build him on HBO. To have a good fight first, defend his world title and then move into a unification with [Srisaket] Sor Rungvisai or Ancajas. But a great opportunity for him. He will almost certainly box in America in the spring.”

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