OLYMPIC Champion Galal Yafai has boxed in London (twice), New York and The United Arab Emirates since turning over and he’s again house this weekend. Eddie Hearn takes the DAZN cameras to the Utilita Area in Birmingham the place Yafai tops the invoice towards Tommy Frank, the previous British flyweight and Commonwealth super-flyweight champion from Sheffield.
Yafai reckons this can be his first outing in his house metropolis for round a decade.
The 30-year-old southpaw is a product of Birmingham Metropolis ABC and head coach Frank O’Sullivan MBE. O’Sullivan, who additionally skilled huge brothers Kal and Gamal, needed to persuade Yafai to stay with boxing round a decade in the past as he struggled to seek out the time for coaching round his job.
O’Sullivan informed Yafai he may turn into an Olympian. He certified for the 2016 Olympics by successful his 26th bout and after lacking out on a medal in Rio, Yafai took flyweight gold in Tokyo.
Yafai, 4-0 (3), now appears to be settling into the professionals. The Yafai we noticed beat Mexican veteran Moises Calleros in April was totally different to the Yafai of his first three fights.
On his professional debut, in February 2022, he ate a couple of counters from non-punching Mexican Carlos Bautista earlier than getting the stoppage after which unloaded on Miguel Cartagena for six minutes till the Philadelphian retired.
There seems to have been a rethink after Yafai was taken to a 10-round break up by Gohan Rodriguez Garcia final November. To most ringsiders, he gained clearly over 10, however there wasn’t a lot in it on the scorecards. Yafai gained a break up after two judges had him up by one and two rounds and the opposite had him shedding by one.
The playing cards have been proof Yafai had taken too many and final day trip, in April, he slowed down, picked his pictures and thought relatively extra about what was coming again at him. He stored his fingers up and edged out and in together with his ft, relatively than at all times staying in punching vary.
Calleros was recreation, however Yafai unravelled him in 4.
Frank, 15-3-1 (3), is coming off a loss, Swansea’s Jay Harris taking away the British title with a tenth spherical stoppage in Could. Frank seems to have discovered his degree.
There had been speak of him combating Sunny Edwards – now on Yafai’s radar – till he twice misplaced to Rosendo Guarneros, a Mexican schooled by Edwards.
Craig Derbyshire, the 8-28-3 Yorkshireman who he had beforehand overwhelmed, held him to a attract a British title defence and Frank goes into Saturday with two wins and a draw from his final six.
He’s identified to be tight at 112lbs and has struggled with opponents who battle at a excessive tempo. We might even see a return to the whirlwind Yafai, however nonetheless he approaches the job, count on Yafai to win by stoppage within the second half.
Solomon Dacres, 6-0 (2), is one other coming house – he’s from Bearwood – and he goes into his 10-rounder towards South African lefty Chris Thompson, 12-4-1 (7), because the English heavyweight champion.
Dacres, who’s been troubled by a shoulder damage since turning over after being a part of the Nice Britain beginner squad, gained the vacant belt by stopping Robert Ismay in March in two, selecting his pictures effectively after shaking up the Geordie. Thompson, who’s misplaced his final two, might final the total 10.
The welterweight 10-rounder between Alnwick southpaw Cyrus Pattinson, 6-0 (4), and Conah Walker, 11-2-1 (3), needs to be enjoyable.
Walker is from Wolverhampton and is bound to have loads of assist, however he’s coming off a loss down at 140lbs and Pattinson posted a profession finest win final day trip, stopping former British and Commonwealth champion Chris Jenkins within the ninth of a fight-of-the-year contender.
That was solely Pattinson’s sixth battle and proved he has the mettle for the professionals after serving his beginner apprenticeship with Birtley Boys and Nice Britain. Walker is an sincere professional who’s gained Midlands honours at 147lbs and pushed Samuel Antwi exhausting over 10 for the St George’s belt.
He bought right down to 140lbs for his final battle and was outpointed over eight by Manchester’s cellular Kane Gardner. Pattinson’s come forward-style will swimsuit him extra, however Cyrus appears too sturdy and might win on factors.
One other scheduled 10-rounder sees Oxford’s Jordan Flynn, 9-0 (1) tackle native stalwart, the 19-10-1 (1) Kane Baker at super-featherweight. The pair fought earlier than, with Flynn taking an in depth choice after eight in April. Flynn can present what he realized and win extra comfortably on factors.
THE VERDICT – Yafai and Frank seem like they’re stepping into reverse instructions.