The Champ Is Coming Home!

On the 13th May we welcome home Birmingham’s first ever boxing World Champion…the one and only, Kal Yafai! Here’s everything you need to know about the WBA super-flyweight king ahead of his first title defence.

After a perfect undefeated record, a European silver medal and years of gruelling, none-stop training, Kal Yafai was finally granted a shot at the WBA super-flyweight world title…and boy did he make the most of it. The 27-year-old defeated Luis “El Nica” Concepcion for the belt on the 10th December 2016 in Manchester as part of the Joshua vs Moliina fight-card, making Yafai the first ever Birmingham born boxing world champion.

Kal defends that very title here at the Barclaycard Arena on the 13th May – tickets on sale soon! We asked Kal how it’s going to feel stepping out in front of his home fans with the world title wrapped around his waist…

“Walking out in front of my fans in my home city will be unbelievable! It's something I always dreamt of doing since I was 9 years old. Birmingham has been craving world championship boxing for years and years so for me to be the man to bring it back will be an honour.”

Kal is part of a fighting family with his two younger brothers, Gamal and Galal, both making moves in the world boxing, both using Kal’s success as motivation! Here’s what happened when we caught up with the lads last year, skip to 2:05 when we asked them which Yafai would become world champion first…they may have predicted the future.

Kal Yafai Fact File

Full Name: Khalid Yafai
DOB: 11/06/1989
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 183cm
Division: Super-flyweight
Total fights: 21
Fight wins: 21
KO’s: 14
Fight loses: 0
Biggest achievements: Crowned Birmingham’s first world champion (2016) and silver medal in the European Championships (Moscow, 2010)

As a youth, Kal quickly established himself as one of the most feared boxers in the amateur division, becoming England’s first ever U17 World Boxing Champion in the process. He went on to break more records as he demolished almost every fighter that stood in his way. In 2007, Kal was the youngest member of Team GB’s Senior World Championships, in 2008 he fought at the Olympic Games in Beijing and in 2012, BoxRec named Kal Yafai as “Young Boxer of the Year” a title he deserved after a hugely successful 12 months of boxing.

Later that year Kal took the leap from Amateur Boxing into Professional Boxing, but did this faze him? Absolutely not. His first pro-fight was against the experienced vet, Delroy Spencer as part of the Kell Brook vs Carson Jones card in Sheffield. It could have easily gone pear shaped for Yafai as Spencer knew the ring like the back of his hand…but after two rounds, Spencer didn’t come out for the third giving Kal is first professional win – and he hasn’t looked back since.

So, what can we expect from Kal in 2017? Well, here’s what the man himself has to say…

"First I would like to defend my title a couple of times in my home city and turn the Barclaycard Arena into my fortress. I'd like to then unify the division and move up in weight & do it all again.”

Remember, Kal defends his world title here in Birmingham on the 13th May, tickets aren’t on sale yet, but you can sign up for updates here. Go on Champ, we’re backing you all the way!