Exclusive: Kyle Yousaf open to challenging Brad Watson next

Jacob Kilbride 09/02/2018

Undefeated Sheffield prospect Kyle Yousaf has claimed that he would gladly take on new-crowned English super-flyweight champion Brad Watson in his next fight and believes it’s a winnable fight for him.

Yousaf (13-0, 5 KO’s) maintained his undefeated record on Friday after he defeated twice Commonwealth title challenger Isaac Quaye (31-15-1) by points decision in a six-round contest.

On the same bill, Watson (11-2) claimed the vacant English crown after final-round stoppage over Loua Nassa in a dramatic contest at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield.

After just under two years as a professional, 24-year-old Yousaf believes that he is now ready to make the step up into title fights and would welcome the chance to be Watson’s first defence of his English strap.

“If Watson could be the next fight, I’d happily take it with both hands,” Yousaf told World Boxing News.

“I know that the English title would be mine, without a problem.

“I caught a few rounds of the (Nassa vs Watson) fight. He (Watson) was actually losing the fight in my eyes from I’d seen.”

“Towards those last couple of rounds, he got his second wind and once he got that, he started putting it on Loua Nassa and he deserved the victory that he got. He worked hard for that because he had to dig deep.”

“It was a good fight, but he’s a kid that I look at and know that I could beat.”

Yousaf won every round in his victory over Quaye, but sustained a nasty cut above his right eye in the second round.

The ‘Golden Kid’ insisted that overcoming experiences like that will be crucial to his development as a fighter, particularly as he looks to challenge for domestic honours in the coming months.

“In every fight, we learn and, for me, the longer the opponent takes you the better” continued Yousaf. “For example, if, I went and blew the opponent away in round one, I wouldn’t have learned anything about myself.

“But, to get through six rounds again against a very tough fighter, I can learn from that.

“It shows the character that you have in you to deal with something like the cut that I got in the second round. For me to get through that is another box ticked.”

Although domestic title fights are firmly on his agenda, Yousaf stressed that wants to be active in order to help his progress both in and out of the ring.

“Personally, I’d like to be back out at the end of March or beginning of April,” added the Steel City gym boxer.

“You want to be busy so people can see you often, every couple of months or so you’re always ticking over and your name is always in the limelight.

“But, I need to take one step at a time, get this cut over and done with. Once that’s healed up then the sky’s the limit.”

Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride