Exclusive: Gamal Yafai talks brotherly bond with Kal and Galal, focused on world title run

Joe Hewlett 13/05/2017

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Gamal Yafai, the older brother of Olympian Galal and younger brother of world champion Kal, takes on Sean Davis in a domestic dust-up at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham tonight. 

The talented fight believes he needs to defeat Davis if he is to challenge for world honours in years down the line.

The 25-year-old, whose amateur pedigree boasts a bronze medal at the European Amateur Boxing Championships in Moscow from 2010, admits the close relationship between himself and his brothers is something that has helped motivate himself.

“I want to be a world champion like my brother and live the life of a world champion and do what they do. I train hard and think I’ve got the attributes to get to that level but talent won’t carry you through, you have to have a good lifestyle and that’s what I do so I can’t see myself not getting there in the end,” Yafai exclusively told World Boxing News.

My mom is very proud of all three of us, but she struggles to watch her sons box and do it at a hard level but she’s got used to it and she’s proud,” he added.

Galal will be there in support of his elder brothers having travelled back from Paris where he fought Samuel Carmona in the World Boxing Series in Paris.

Gamal is only entering his twelfth professional contest and has admitted he is delighted to be fighting in his hometown as the super-bantamweight challenges Davis for the WBC International title.

“I can’t wait to get in there and show my skills to the crowd. It’s an honour and a privilege to be on this show and I am very excited but first, I have to beat Davis Saturday night and it won’t be an easy fight – if I want to operate at a higher level though, I need to be beating fighters like him without sounding disrespectful.”

Yafai has big ambitions with determination to follow his brother’s footsteps at the elite level. One fighter he looks up to is Carl Frampton, the Brummie added:

“He’s a fighter I like to follow as he was also at super-bantamweight and he done it. He won the world title, unified, and moved up a division to win another world title and has become really popular in America.

“It’s something I’d like to do, but it’s going to be hard. I’m willing to work my socks off to get there though,” said Gamal.

The Birmingham show is live on Sky Sports 2 tonight at 7.30 pm.

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