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Kal Yafai turns attention to Juan Francisco Estrada after beating Norbelto Jimenez

Kal Yafai can look ahead to a potential unification fight after fulfilling his mandatory obligation
Kal Yafai
Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA
PROVIDENCE, RI • JUNE 29

KAL YAFAI maintained his status as Britain’s longest-reigning current world titlist by unanimously outpointing mandatory challenger Norbelto Jimenez in what was the fifth defence of his WBA super-flyweight strap.

The fight wasn’t an aesthetically pleasing spectacle, but to be fair to Yafai, the awkward Jimenez is a difficult man to look good against. The 28-year-old Dominican was constantly on the move, and when Yafai did manage to pin him down, Jimenez would grab hold of the Birmingham boxer. This spoiling tactic led to a point deduction for the Villa Duarte resident in the fourth round.

Yafai, 30, tried his best to make things happen by pressing the action throughout. He mixed his attacks to head and body and displayed fast fists. However, Jimenez’s frustrating approach made it extremely difficult for the champion to establish any sort of rhythm.

 

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