Kal Yafai Seeking Big Performance on US Debut versus David Carmona
Kal Yafai takes a step into the unknown this weekend, as he puts his WBA super-flyweight title on the line against David Carmona on what will be his United States debut.
Breaking the American market can set boxers on a path towards stardom – and a vast fortune – but winning over the US boxing public is no mean feat.
Failing to make an impression at the first time of asking can be fatal, so Yafai is well aware of the need to deliver a compelling performance.
“I’m very excited about fighting in the USA, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Yafai told Sky Sports, who will be broadcasting the fight live in the UK in the early hours of Sunday morning. “This is an opportunity to showcase myself in front of a huge audience, not only in the UK, but in the USA as well – it’s definitely important to look good!
”I’m facing Carmona who is a tough opponent. It’s never an easy fight against these kind of guys, he’s durable and knows what he’s doing in there.
“Although the most important thing is to beat him, of course I want to look good.”
Yafai’s US debut in Fresno, California is on the same card as IBF belt holder Jerwin Ancajas’ clash with Jonas Sultan and the ideal scenario for their promoters is for both to win impressively and meet in a unification fight later in the year.
To fulfil his end of the bargain, Yafai needs to see off the threat of tough Mexican Carmona.
Carmona, 27, is looking to get his career back on track and this world title shot could be a last chance at the big league.
He lost three on the spin against Naoya Inoue, Carlos Cuadras and Daniel Lozano before beating Jesus Iribe in March.
Carmona knows how he has a big chance to crash the super-flyweight party, but whether he has the tools to get the job done is debatable.
Yafai has looked very good in stringing together a 23-fight unbeaten run and he should carry far too much firepower for Carmona.
Carmona is not known for his punching power, which should enable Yafai to take the centre of the ring and control the tempo of the fight.
If he is true to his word and wants to make a big impression, that tempo should be fast and it would come as no surprise were Yafai to get the job done quickly.
Yafai has 14 knockouts to his name and a 15th would be the ideal way to pique the attention of the US audience.