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Kal Yafai ready face Briceno on Saturday
By Andrew Scott Friday, 14 November 2014 03:21
Birmingham fighter Kal Yafai wants to get a shot at the world title for 2015, but first the fighter has to beat Everth Briceno, which could be his most difficult test to date, and internet bookmakers would really like to see what will happen in the ring when this clash gets underway.
Super-flyweight Yafai -who’s a favourite with many boxing fans around the world – is putting his undefeated record in jeopardy when he takes on the Nicaraguan fighter on Saturday night in Dublin, in a match that could prove to be very intense.
For Yafai, a 13th win in a row will send him higher in the rankings, but he does not expect to have an easy meeting with Briceno, who’s a former challenger for the world title and somebody who could prove to be a real threat in the ring.
Briceno lost points when he was beaten by Fernando Montiel as well as Omar Andres Narvaez, and also ended up losing to Leo Santa Cruz in a stoppage defeat late in the meeting.
However, the 25-year-old must be able to deal with this rise in class if he he’s looking to move higher in the sport, and his fans are confident that he’ll have no problems in his efforts to accomplish this.
“I am moving in the right direction,” said Yafai. “It is still early in my career so there is no need for me to rush anything, but when I get opportunities I will grasp them with both hands.
“I would like to win a world title towards the end of next year, it would be ideal. If I can stay injury free and get the wins then I don’t see why that can’t happen and there are some huge fights out there for me next year where I can really break out into the big time.
“I am expecting a really tough fight on Saturday. I am expecting it to be my toughest yet. The guy is big and experienced and has boxed for a world title on three occasions.
“He went to points on two of those occasions and got stopped in the 11th by Leo Santa Cruz, who is a brilliant fighter. So I am expecting a tough, tough night’s work.”
Boxing fans and internet bookmakers everywhere are expecting plenty of action on Saturday, and are looking forward to a huge showdown in Dublin when these boxers face each other.