Wythenshawe’s Kofi Yates (13-1, 1KO) made his first appearance down at Lightweight in a six round contest against Yorkshire based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi (13-82-3, 1KOs).
It should be noted that Al Hamidi holds a victory over another Mancunian Lightweight, Anthony Crolla. That defeat came in the early stages of Crolla’s career.
The fight started slowly as Al Hamidi was very cagey from the outset. Yates gained the centre of the ring and looked to establish his jab early on. ‘Casper’ showed his jab was effective from the opening bell to the final bell, using it precisely to keep Al Hamidi at range and on the back foot.
Al Hamidi made it awkward for Yates to go to work on the inside, using experienced tactics to smother Yates’ pressure. Al Hamidi attempted to trade on two occasions, and got wobbled by Yates on those two occasions. Yates landed good shots in the exchanges showing he was the dominant fighter in the contest.
The referee saw the contest 60-54 in favour of Wythenshawe’s Kofi Yates who moves to 13-1, 1KO. Yates will now look to add to his Central Area Super Lightweight title this year and has suggested he may look to go down the international route for titles however has openly stated he will fight anyone. Youssef Al Hamidi drops to 13-82-3.
Kofi reflected on his performance against the well tested Al Hamidi last Saturday night,
“Arnie told me to box and do the rounds easy. If I hurt him, jump on him, so I wasn’t frustrated as I was winning easy enough. As you said I hurt him a couple of times but he was awkward and rolled really low was hard to hit with out the ref telling me off, so I had to stick to the boxing.”
Yates will now look to get straight back into title contention if not a title fight in his next fight and looks to be an integral part of the future of the MGM Manchester promotion,
“I spoke to Johnney (Roye) and he is keen on getting me a title fight of some sort in Wythenshawe next. Our plan last year after I box in Preston to box for a title in Manchester so looks like that will be next for me selling out my local venue.”