14th May 2012
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport are delighted to
announce the signing of Kal Yafai – and the exciting youngster has been
backed by Carl Froch and Kell Brook to become a big star.

Yafai will make his debut on the undercard of
Brook’s IBF welterweight showdown with American Carson Jones on July 7
at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, where Brook will be looking to secure
a World title shot in the autumn.


The 22 year old from Birmingham turns over to
the pro ranks after a glittering amateur career that saw him pick up key
honours including World Junior title, three European silver medals and
an ABA title, as well as representing Great Britain
at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

“It’s a massive show and a fantastic opportunity
and the sort of night all fighters want to appear in,” said Yafai.
“It’s a huge showcase for my talent on the very first night and I can’t
thank Eddie enough for putting me on such a huge
bill in my first fight. It’s a new chapter in my career and it’s what
I’ve wanted to do since I started boxing – to turn pro and become a
World champion. 

“I just want to get into the pro game and get a
feel of it, I’m not going to rush into making bold predictions that I’m
going to be winning British titles inside a year, but I’ve got big
ambitions and I know that Eddie is going to want
to move me on quicker than others because of my amateur pedigree, which
I’m obviously really happy with.”

Two-time World super middleweight champion Carl
Froch has trained beside Yafai at the English Institute of Sport in
Sheffield and has tipped his new stablemate to be a hit in the pro
ranks.

“Kal has definitely got the goods to go a very
long way in the pros,” said Froch. “He’s got fast hands, light on his
feet and really strong – Kal is perfect for the pro game and he will be
great to watch.”

Unbeaten Sheffield star Brook has also seen
Yafai at close quarters and believes he is a great ambition to Hearn’s
top class stable of British talent.

“I’ve seen Kal down at the EIS a lot and I’m
really impressed with his attitude,” said Brook. “He’s keen to learn and
improve which is really good to see – especially as he already has the
makings of a top class fighter. We got on really
well and he’s a very confident lad and that bodes well for his career.
I’m delighted he’s making his debut on my show and I’ll be there to give
him any advice he needs, and I’m sure the rest of Team Matchroom will
be too.”

Yafai’s signature was much sought after and
Hearn spoke of his delight at adding him to former Team GB teammate
Scotty Cardle in his stable.
 

“Every now and then a fighter comes along that
is very, very special,” said Hearn. “I’m so pleased that Kal has joined
the team. He will be a superstar and deserves the superstar treatment
and that begins now. We will give him the big build
up for his debut at Sheffield Arena on July 7 and viewers and fans will
be seeing plenty of him over the next few years.”

Tickets for Kell Brook vs. Carson Jones
featuring Kal Yafai’s debut and the European title rematches between
Gavin Rees and Derry Mathews (lightweight) and Kerry Hope and Greg
Proksa (middleweight)are on sale now priced £30, £40, £60, and
£100 from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield box office on 0114 256 5656
and at
www.motorpointarenasheffield.com

VIP packages will be sold exclusively by Matchroom Sport priced £150 on 01277 359900 or at
www.matchroomboxing.com.
The package includes inner ringside seating (front seven rows),
pre-fight party from 5.30pm-8pm with complimentary beer, wine, soft
drinks and canapés. (The bar will stay open as a pay bar
after 8pm.)