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Kal Yafai steps forward

Kal Yafai has his first fight as the longest-reigning current British world champion, writes Paul Wheeler
Kal Yafai
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WHEN Anthony Joshua was shockingly stopped by Andy Ruiz Jnr earlier this month, he lost his status as the longest-reigning current British world champion. That distinction now belongs to Kal Yafai, 25-0 (15). The Birmingham boxer has been the WBA super-flyweight king ever since his comprehensive unanimous points victory over former two-weight world titlist Luis Concepcion in December 2016.

This Saturday (June 29), Yafai makes the fifth defence of his belt against mandatory challenger Norbelto Jimenez, 29-8-4 (16), of the Dominican Republic. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island is the venue for this Matchroom Boxing promotion, which will be televised live on Sky Sports Action/Main Event (UK) and DAZN (US).

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