Yafai vs Carmona: All you need to know ahead of world title defence

Kal Yafai is making his American debut as a professional on Saturday but there were weight issues for his opponent David Carmona . Here’s all you need to know…

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May 27, 2018, 2:30am

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Yafai makes his debut in America, where he is out to fire a statement to the rest of the super-flyweight division.

The Birmingham fighter will make the third defence of his WBA belt against Carmona out in Fresno, California, in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.

Yafai should redress the balance following Jamie McDonnell’s away defeat in Tokyo, but there will be more than winning on the former Olympian’s mind.

Carmona will no longer be able to take the title, having come in an incredible 3.6lbs over the 115lb weight limit on Friday, so should he win, the WBA belt would become vacant.

Unification has suddenly become one of boxing’s buzz words, so with IBF holder Jerwin Ancajas defending Jonas Sultan on the same bill, could this set up a duel between two title holders? Carmona is a typically tough Mexican and will be doing his best to throw his super-fly hat into the ring, while Yafai should put on the sort of show that will wake the world up…

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There is talk of unification with Yafai and fellow super-fly champion Ancajas sharing the same Save Mart Arena card. Yafai wants one of the other belts, but as it stands there is only one other Great Britain or Ireland fighter holding more than one belt.

It is Anthony Joshua of course, the only one with three of the four recognised belts, following the footsteps of Tyson Fury, who set the heavyweight ball rolling.

Fury never made a defence as a unified champion and neither did the most recent of them all, Ryan Burnett. Fellow Belfast man Carl Frampton did exactly the same back in 2017 but there is one thing that pulls these four together. They all unified the IBF and WBA…

The weigh-in…

Yafai: 114.8lbs
Carmona: 118.6lbs (3.6lbs over limit)

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The last time the super-fly stars hit the west coast of America, Roman Gonzalez was trying to regain the crown at 115lbs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, though, made sure he was the new king, but while he has problems outside the ring, Yafai, Ancajas, Donnie Nietes, Aston Palicte, Rau’shee Warren and more, should be shaking up the super-flyweight scene. Starting on Saturday perhaps?

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Time draws nearer…

Kal Yafai fights in front of the American for the first time this weekend against David Carmona and it's live on Sky Sports Action from 2.30am.

Watch Kal Yafai’s WBA super-flyweight title fight with David Carmona in Fresno, California, on Sunday, from 2.30am, live on Sky Sports Action.

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