Report: Kal Yafai To Defend WBA Super Flyweight Title In June

WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai's next fight is reportedly set.

According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, Yafai will defend his world title against Norbelto Jimenez on June 29 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The fight would be streamed on DAZN in the United States and be part of the undercard.

The British champion has held the WBA title since 2016 when he defeated Luis Concepcion. Since then, Yafai has made four title defenses and his most recent one took place last November on a Matchroom Boxing card in Monte Carlo, defeating Israel Gonzalez by unanimous decision. This will be Yafai's second title defense in the United States with the first one taking place in May 2018 when he stopped David Carmona after seven rounds.

Jimenez's career started off poorly as he had a pro record of 2-8-1 in his first 11 fights. Since then, Jimenez would go on to remain unbeaten in his next 30 fights, winning a number of regional titles during that span. Jimenez once challenged for the WBA super flyweight title in 2014, but fought then-champion Kohei Kono to a split draw, meaning Kono retained his title.

Although the fight would be a mandatory title defense, another fighter has already been inserted as the next mandatory challenger for the belt. Andrew Moloney, who recently signed a promotional deal with Top Rank Boxing, won a title eliminator in Chile back in March to be an eventual title challenger.

The June 29 card will be headlined by the WBO middleweight title bout between Demetrius Andrade and Maciej Sulecki.

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