By Dan Davies (@DanDavies98)
Fresh off his world title victory, the new WBA super-flyweight champion of the world, Kal Yafai spoke to us regarding his most recent win as well as looking forward to 2017. Read the full interview below:
TWBW: Congratulations on your world title victory Kal. Can you put into words what the win means to you and how it will help you in the progression of your career?
Thank you, it means a hell of a lot. I achieved what I set out to do when I first started boxing all them years ago. Now I’m champion it’s time to build and I think been champion will only help me progress even further knowing other fighters want what I’ve got.
TWBW: How are the hands feeling?
They took a long time to heal but they are just about healed now so happy to start light punching again.
TWBW: Was the fight easier than you thought it was going to be or was it exactly what you expected?
Yes, I thought I’d outbox him in a tough fight but I didn’t expect it to be as easy as what it was.
TWBW: You are the first world champion from Birmingham to win a recognised world title. When do you expect your first defence of the belt will be and will it be in Birmingham?
I’m looking to hopefully defend in Birmingham hopefully late April early May. It’s down to my promoter Eddie Hearn. No opponents have been mentioned of as yet.
TWBW: Now that you have achieved every boxer’s dream of becoming a world champion, what is the motivation for you going forward?
The motivation is to stay champion. I want to defend & unify the division which I’m confident I have the ability to do.
TWBW: You have the P4P number 1 fighter in the world at the top of your weight division in Roman Gonzalez. Would this be a fight that you want?
I’d love that fight. Hopefully, this can happen late this year or possibly next year.
TWBW: You’re now 27 which is relatively young for a fighter, do you feel that you will stay in the Super Flyweight division in the short term?
I will be staying in this division until I unify then will see what my options are. I’ll do what is best for me & what me team advise me to do.
TWBW: 2017, I imagine, is going to be a huge year for you as a fighter. What are your targets for this year?
I’m looking to fight 3 times this year & see what options I have & what my team have planned for me. I just look at 1 fight at a time and see how things turn out.
TWBW: I know it’s a while away yet, but how would you want to be remembered at the end of your career?
I’d love to be remembered as a fighter who could do a bit of everything and a fighter who was entertaining to watch.
Fan question: What all-British fight would you love to have at Super-fly? Conlan?
I think that is the only domestic fight out there for me domestically at super-fly. He was meant to fight me for my British title but pulled out but if he wanted to fight me for my world title then he’s more than welcome.
Fan question: Have you received any advice or guidance on a career post-boxing?
I receive a lot of advice from people but it’s not always the right advice. I have a few things I’m looking to do it when I retire.