Kal Yafai closes in on fringe IBF belt, dubious on future Paul Butler clash

Lee Elford 19/09/2014

Kal Yafai (11 – 0) heads the undercard of the Sauerland Promotions event ‘Return of the Saint’ which features George Groves long awaited return and debut for the German based outfit.

Birmingham’s 25 year old superfly weight contests the IBF Intercontinental championship against Nicaragua’s Herald Molina (17 – 8 – 3).

The highly rated Brit has virtually blown away all before him, including a 3rd round stoppage of previous Paul Butler victim Yaqub Kareem (13 – 4 – 1). WBN caught up with ‘Kal’ at Thursday’s press conference and asked his opinion on how Saturday’s challenge compares to his previous outing;

”I watched a little bit (footage). He’s a bigger threat than Kareem – I don’t think he was very durable. I don’t think he’d beat anyone decent, so.

”This kid’s boxed quite a few ten round fights and he looks pretty strong. He looks battled hardened. I don’t think he’s one of those guys who’s going to get hit and roll over. Maybe I need to hit him a with a few more shots before he rolls over.”

It’s business as usual for Yafai who heads into the fight planning another explosive performance.

He also hopes to haul plenty of titles en route to achieving every professional fighter’s ultimate goal;

”I expect to stop everyone. I honestly go in there with bad intentions every time and I obviously want to hurt the guy in front of me” He said.

”I just want to get hold of as many titles as I can – whatever title I can get hold of I’ll get hold of on the way toward a world title.”

He’ll have a keen eye on proceedings in Liverpool next month as domestic rival Butler goes for the IBF title, and Yafai expects his countryman to come through – which would be another step toward an all – British showdown.

”I think it’s a good fight but I expect Butler to win. It’s in Liverpool so it’s in his backyard as well. That always helps a lot.”

”If I got offered to fight Paul Butler I’d fight him but he’s not going to fight me – it’s high risk low reward. He’s not going to benefit out of fighting me. Hopefully he wins this world title and maybe I can get into that mandatory position or win a world title of my own against somebody else and we could have a unification fight, that’d be massive.”

All going well, Yafai expects to continue the journey at Matchroom’s big Dublin card in November.

Lee Elford is covering Christopher Rebrasse v George Groves fight week for WBN. Follow Lee on Twitter @Tempas_Flair