Just moments ago former GB amateur star Kal Yafai finished a dominant display of boxing ability by shutting out Nicaraguan opponent Everth Briceno in Dublin’s 3arena.
Yafai, now (13-0, 9KO’s) put forward a hard task for the 36 year old from the opening bell coming out and setting a terrific pace whilst maintaining it right the way throughout the fight. A masterclass array of shots by the Birmingham native earned him scores of 119-106, 118-105 and 120-104 from the three judges present.
A knock down occurred in round five as Yafai whipped a body shot under the right elbow of his foe which sent him down to the canvas in pain; more agony was unfortunately to come for the tough former two time world title challenger as Yafai dropped his man again twice in the seventh with shots to the midsection.
A lot is said for toughness and the ability to continue against all odds in a boxing ring, but this maybe could have been stopped by the away fighter’s corner after the second set of knockdowns; their man was way behind on the score cards and whilst game was never in the fight numerically.
Yafai climbs higher up the IBF rankings at 115lbs with the win, defending his IBF inter-continental title in the process.