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Exclusive: Kal Yafai eyes Luis Concepcion stoppage on Dec 10

Phil Jay 03/11/2016

Lawrence Lustig

British super-flyweight Kal Yafai is supremely confident a world title will come his way when the Birmingham fighter challenges tough Panamanian Luis Concepcion for the WBA title next month.

The 27 year-old battles Concepcion on a massive UK pay-per-view bill on December 10 topped by Anthony Joshua, and feels completely ready to conquer the world following 20 straight victories as a professional.

“I’m very excited. This is my chance to showcase my skills against the best and see if I belong at this level which I’m confident I do,” Yafai exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I think it has come at the right time. I’ve been ready for a while but it’s been hard getting the opportunity.

“It’s great to be on a great card but this fight could be anywhere. I’m just glad I’ve got the opportunity to fight for the world title.”

Asked his thoughts on an opponent who has 24 stoppages from his 35 wins against just four losses, Yafai answered: “Concepcion has been impressive with his wins and that makes this fight even more interesting. He’s a champion who will come very confident, I’m sure, but I believe this is my time.”

He continued: “I see Concepcion being very aggressive early and trying to land power shots. I think our styles will gel well and fans can expect the fight to be a very entertaining one.”

Despite only having five rounds under his belt this year, Yafai is satisfied he has enough in the tank to cope with a long hard fight, although doesn’t expect the contest to last the full distance at Manchester Area.

“The five rounds won’t be a problem really. I always prepare to go the distance and I always get a lot of rounds sparring,” Yafai pointed out.

“As long as I win I don’t care how long the fight is but I don’t see it going the twelve rounds,” he added.

Kal Yafai’s world title fight is part of a massive event promoted by Matchroom Boxing live on Sky Sports Box Office with tickets on general sale from midday on Friday.

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