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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.

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