Kal Yafai will face Spanish bantamweight champion Jorge Perez at the London Olympia on December 8.
The 2008 Beijing Olympian has thrived in the pro ranks since turning professional in July and added a fourth stoppage to his 5-0 record in Nottingham on the Carl Froch vs. Yusaf Mack undercard when he took just 52 seconds to stop Pio Nettuno with a set of brutal body shots.
Perez won the Spanish title with a third round knockout win over European title challenger Ivan Pozo in October and the 28 year old from Mallorca represents another step up for the exciting Birmingham talent.
“Everyone is talking about Kal Yafai right now and Perez represents a significant step up in class for him,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “We are fast tracking him to the top, this being his 6th fight in as many months and we expect him to challenge for title honours early next year.”
Yafai’s clash with Perez is part of a great night of action in London when former European middleweight champions Darren Barker and Kerry Hope meet and there’s a welterweight clash for the IBF International title between holder Lee Purdy and BBBoC overseas fighter of the year Carson Jones.
Erick Ochieng makes the third defence of his English light-middleweight title, unbeaten middleweights John Ryder and Eamonn O’Kane lock horns while unbeaten Londoner cruiserweight Wadi Camacho fights for his first title as he takes on Toks Owoh for the vacant Southern Area belt, and former Team GB stars Martin J. Ward and Callum Smith continue their pro development on show.
November 28, 2012