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Kal Yafai to face mandatory challenger Sho Ishida

Kal Yafai

WBA Super Flyweight Champion, Kal Yafai, has been ordered to make a mandatory defence of his title against the WBA number one contender, Japan’s Sho Ishida.

Yafai captured the WBA crown in December 2016, with a unanimous decision victory over Luis Concepcion, and made his first voluntary defence against Suguru Muranaka in May.

Yafai is yet to make a mandatory defence, something he must do within 120 days of claiming the title according to the WBA rules. As a result, both camps were issued notification of the ruling from the WBA on June 6th and now have 30 days in which to agree to terms before purse bids take place.

The former Japanese champion is likely to enter his first world title fight on foreign soil in a fight which will certainly be his toughest test to date.