On the undercard of Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing’s stacked card in Frisco, Texas, WBA Super-Flyweight Champion Kal Yafai faces the biggest test of his career against former P4P-rated four-weight titlist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Yafai, from Birmingham, has faced limited opposition since capturing World honours against Luis Concepcion in December of 2016, but has still managed 5 defences of his crown on both sides of the Atlantic. “Chocolatito”, in the other corner, has recently returned from a hiatus after returning against fringe contender Moises Fuentes in 2018. He made short work of Diomel Diocos, finishing his over-matched opposition in the second round in his first fight in 15 months.
Yafai, who has been on Matchroom’s books since his professional debut, has been lacking a real marquee victory on his resumé in his 26 pro bouts, 15 of which have been finished before the final bell. Yafai and his team have been vocal in their wishes for unification fights and fights with the division’s best, so it would appear he has gotten his wish with the Nicaraguan future Hall-of-Famer. “Chocolatito” is currently in the process of picking up the pieces of his career after two disappointing losses to Thai sensation Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, the second of which was a vicious knockout. Gonzalez will definitely present the most advance technical challenge of Yafai’s career so the Brit will need to ensure he isn’t overwhelmed in what will be only his second title defence in the States.
The Super-Flyweight contest is on the undercard of the intriguing headliner Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas at welterweight that promises to be an all-action contest. Also on the card, Mexican breakout star Julio Cesar Martinez defends his WBC gold against Welsh underdog Jay Harris, whilst there still remains speculation that the likes of Murat Gassiev and Joseph Parker will also feature on the Matchroom card in the Lone Star State.
The super-flyweight division is a division in boxing that has produced more than its fair share of classics in the last few years, and this fight could add to such a collection. The age difference of 2 years doesn’t do justice to just how different these two’s paths are in, with the belt-holder looking to make a statement, whilst the challenger, who is one of the most respected names in the sport, is looking to reach the top of the mountain again after such a crushing fall down.