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Yafai to defend WBA crown against Muranaka

Yafai & Eggington

WBA World Super-Flyweight Champion, Kal Yafai, will make the first defence of his crown against Suguru Muranaka at the Barclaycard Arena on May 13th.

Yafai won his title in December when he defeated Luis Concepcion, making him Birmingham’s first ever world champion.

Yafai will now make the first defence of his title in Birmingham against Muranaka a former Japanese Flyweight champion.

Kal believes that Muranaka will provide a stern test, which is what he wants, as he plans to chase unification bouts in the near future.

“It’s a tough first defence and that’s what I need,” said Yafai. “I want hard fights that are going to help me when I face unification fights.

“This is what I started boxing for. I wanted massive nights in Birmingham, and it doesn’t get better for me. It’s been amazing since winning the title. Every time I’m walking around the city I get stopped for photos and for autographs – but I know that it’s harder to keep a title than it is to win it, so the real work is only just beginning.”

Sam Eggington will provide the co-feature on the card as he aims for European glory against Cerefino Rodriguez.

Eggington, still filled with confidence having stopped former two-division world champion, Paulie Malignaggi earlier this month is eager to prove himself at this level.

“I have real hunger back after losing to Bradley Skeete, and this is massive for me as I never thought I’d reach this level,” said Eggington.

“I had to learn a lot after Skeete. I have grown up and come back strong with wins over Frankie and Paulie. If I can add a win over Rodriguez to those two names and then defend the title well, people will start talking about World titles, and I think that I’ve earned the right to be in the conversation for them.”

Also on the undercard; Frankie Gavin will also return to the ring, this time at a catchweight of 145lbs against Dave Ryan and Gamal Yafai, the younger brother of Kal Yafai, will face WBC International Super-Bantamweight champion, Sean Davis.

Tickets are priced £40, £60 and £100 with VIP tickets priced £200. Tickets are on sale now to Matchroom Fight Pass members via this link: https://www.stubhub.co.uk/event/9848335/?gcid=chPRT-_-geoUK-_-genOthSpt-_-dt170314-_-cmpYafaiFP-_-partMatchroom

Tickets go on general sale at midday on Thursday, March 16 from the Barclaycard Arena with tickets priced at £40, £60 and £100 available from www.barclaycardarena.co.uk. VIP tickets priced at £200 are exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com

Face value tickets for May 13 are also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/. StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

Azeem Sarwar
Boxing coach. Professional troublemaker. Donut connoisseur.

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