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Yafai brothers highly impressive as Skeete outboxes Eggington

Phil Jay 06/03/2016

📷 Phil Sharkey

Gamal Yafai punished Bobby Jenkinson in Birmingham on Saturday night in a fight that was hard to watch at times due to the one-sided nature of the action.

Challenger Yafai came out with bad intentions from the first bell and displayed an array of hurtful punches to affectively dismantled and demoralise Jenkinson and rip away his Commonwealth title.

The UK super-bantamweight division is already on the crest of a wave following the Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg unification and Jazza Dickens’ upcoming fight with world-beater Guillermo Rigondeaux, whilst Yafai adds another dimension.

The 24 year-old is slick, confident and single-minded in his approach, plus he can slug it out or box in what seems to be an armoury worthy of a future world title.

Brother Kal, 26, is currently ahead of Gamal’s progress and possesses the power at super-flyweight to mix it with any of the current champions.

Yafai added a fringe WBA belt to his British title win at the back end of 2015 by obliterating former WBC title challenger Dixon Flores in 109 seconds, a fighter who lasted five rounds with world ruler Carlos Cuadras just last August.

The win positions the Birmingham man handily for a crack at Japan’s Kohei Kono, although Yafai would most likely have to fight his way to the mandatory position as the champion would be seen as foolish if he chose to give the Briton a voluntary shot.

In the headliner at the Genting Arena, British and Commonwealth welterweight titles changed hands as Bradley Skeete avoided a war with ‘The Savage’ Sam Eggington to take the belts from Eddie Hearn’s stable to rival Frank Warren.

Skeete, 28, was awarded the contest 117-112, 116-113, 115-113 by the ringside judges to possibly set-up a rematch with Frankie Gavin should Hearn and Warren agree terms on a future deal.