Rising British boxing star Kal Yafai(22-0) retained his WBA world super-flyweight title this past weekend in Birmingham against Suguru Muranaka. The Japanese visitor was no match to Yafai and lost the bout via unanimous decision (118-108, 119-107 and 119-107).
The Barclaycard Arena crowd witnessed an excellent execution by Yafai who started the fight strong and managed to drop Muranaka in the second round. The key difference throughout the fight was Yafai’s speed and his impressive flurries of punches. Apart from the aggressive start, Yafai upped the pace in the ninth round and tried to stop Muranaka but the Japan based fighter showed great heart and made it through. After twelve rounds there was no hesitation about the result and Yafai was declared as the clear cut winner.
“I am still a work-in-progress, he has one tough head and took everything I had,” said Yafai after the fight.
Yafai has stated that for his next fight he wants to face the winner of Wisaksil Wangek and Roman Gonzalez in hopes of a title unification fight.
Sam Eggington continues the knockout streak
Another notable performance on Saturday night was provided by Sam Eggington(21-3). ‘The Savage’ squared off against a Spaniard in Ceferino Rodriguez who eventually got knocked out in the 10th round. Eggington was hurting Rodriguez with strong punches close distance and struck the Spaniard through the ropes. The brutal knockout left no questions asked about Eggington’s power who has now four fights in a row via TKO or KO.