Exclusive: Eddie Hearn on Kal Yafai, Sam Eggington title bouts

Joe Hewlett 11/05/2017

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing have returned to Birmingham to host yet another blockbuster of a card at the Barclaycard Arena.

Headlining the show entitled ‘The Homecoming’ is none other than Birmingham’s first ever world champion Kal Yafai. The Moseley based super-flyweight will make his first defence of his WBA crown against over little-known Japanese Suguru Muranaka.

Speaking about the show at the final press conference, Hearn believes Midlands fans are in for a treat.

“I think it’s the best card we’ve put on in Birmingham so far with twelve fights on, it’s got everything form Midlands area derbies to the big one – Sean Davis and Galmal Yafai and of course Sam Eggington. Let’s not forget Kal has a very tough fight on his hands against Muranaka who is undefeated in nine years. Kal is looking to put on a big display as well so there’s a bit of pressure on him Saturday night,” Hearn exclusively told World Boxing News..

The Essex promoter stated he was impressed with Yafai’s sparking performance in Manchester against Luis Conception and says crowd of over 6,000 will see the best Yafai on Saturday night.

“I don’t think Kal got the credit he deserved for the way he beat Conception, maybe because he missed the weight but he was sensational that night. There are many more levels to Yafai and hopefully he can show them on Saturday,” he said.

“Muranaka won’t take a step back and I think it’ll play into his hands. It should be a great fight and an explosive performance.”

Big-hitter Sam Eggington will also be on the undercard, challenging Spain’s Cerefino Rodriguez for the European title.

It will be his first fight since defeating Paul Malignaggi as the chief support act to David Haye and Tony Bellew at the 02.

Hearn has insisted if things continue to plan out the way he hopes, Eggington could be within touching distance of a world title showdown.

“From starting off as a fairytale story to being probably two fights away from fighting for a world title – he’s a contender in the division and is only 23, things are going very well for Sam but he’s got his hands full on Saturday.

“He’s fighting a very tough opponent though. Kell Brook sparred him recently and said he was very tough for seven or eight rounds. Rodriguez teamed up with Sergio Martinez and they haven’t come here for a holiday, they want to keep the title,” Hearn pointed out.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95