Exclusive: Galal Yafai praises victorious brothers Kal and Gamal

Joe Hewlett 19/05/2017

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Days after competing in the World Series of Boxing, Galal Yafai was back from Paris to support his two elder brothers in Gamal and Kal.

Gamal clinched the WBC international super-bantamweight title whilst Kal successful defended his super-flyweight crown. The choice of venue was the Barclaycard Arena in their hometown of Birmingham.

The Olympian admitted he was impressed but not surprised by the stunning performance of Gamal who defeated Sean Davis via knockout.

“It was a good win. We knew Davis was game, we thought he’d be very competitive but Gamal was too big, too strong, too experienced – he was brilliant. A lot of people thought Davis could win but we know how good Gamal is and despite people thinking it was going to a tough fight, I just knew it was going to go one way. It wasn’t a surprise,” the 24-year-old exclusively told World Boxing News..

“To be fair Sean got up every time from the knockdowns, every time looking he seemed to have recovered so fair play to him. Hopefully my brother can challenge for the British honours as he’s one of the best in Britain.”

The card was headlined by Kal Yafai, Birmingham’s first ever world champion. The 27-year-old overcame a stern test in Japan’s Suguru Muranake to win on all on the judges’ scorecards.

After an impressive and controlled display, Eddie Hearn admitted he was open to setting up a showdown with Roman Gonzalez. Galal believes it’s a winnable fight for the former Olympian.

“Eddie is one of best promoters in world and I think a fight between Kal and Gonzalez can happen, it’s a big money fight and Kal is more than good enough to beat him, we’ve seen Gonzalez lose, he’s beatable for sure.

“Saturday night was a good test for Kal, he could have fought someone who could have been blown out in three or four rounds but he didn’t. It was a good test for him and puts him good steed for the future.

“The fight could have disheartened him as his opponent was very stubborn and refused to give in. A lot of boxers would get frustrated but Kal didn’t. He’s a true champion who is fit as anything, he does it non-stop for 12 rounds. He trains so hard and is very dedicated in succeeding,” the amateur fighter added.

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