As an amateur Kal had a glittering career that saw him travel the globe where he picked up a World Junior title, three European silver medals and an ABA championship, as well as representing Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Birmingham man impressed in his first pro fight by forcing a stoppage of experienced journeyman Delroy Spencer who retired after the second round, only the durable veteran’s 13th stoppage from his 140 defeats.
Since then the 23 year old bantamweight has racked up another 3 quick fire wins and will have his next fight in Nottingham on the undercard of favourite boxer Carl Froch’s first IBF title defence against Yusef Mack on November 17.
We caught up with Kal this week to ask him our ‘In the Ring with‘ Questions for his Boxing Profile page on BritishBoxers.
IN THE RING? Q&A
Kal how did you get into boxing?
My brother Gamal who is a GB boxer started before me so I followed him to the gym.
Who/what inspired you in the beginning?
Watching Prince Naseem Hamed
Best advice you were ever given?
The jab is God in boxing
Where do you train?
Who is your coach?
I train with my amateur coaches ATM but trying different trainers at the moment
What was your amateur back ground and record?
I had 175 fights 151 wins boxed for team GB 2005-2012
Who was your first coach?
Frank O‘ Sullivan
The Funniest thing you’ve seen in Boxing?
Monte Barrett jumping the ropes and falling over against David Haye
Most Memorable Gym moment? Doing a naseem hamed flip into the ring and getting stuck lol
An Interesting Boxing Story?
I have too many but they’re all about travelling to tournaments/camps as a amateur
Craziest thing you’ve read about yourself?
I don’t punch hard enough to make it as a pro
I have 4 brothers & 2 sisters family is everything to me!
Do you have a day job?
No full time training!
If you wasn’t a boxer, what would you like to be?
I’d like to do something in the property world.
Whats your best asset as a Boxer?
My punching power
What/Who inspires you?
My mother as she brought us all up alone and I want to pay her back!
Whats your Honey punch?
Left hook to the body! Love tickling those ribs 😉
Best opponent you have sparred with?
I’ve sparred with some top class fighters from Cuba,Russia,Ukraine, Kazakhstan but has to be out of Thomas stalker, Luke Campbell or Stephen Smith.
Best prospect you have seen?
Gary Russell Jr
Best fight you have seen live?
Carl Froch vs Lucian Bute atmosphere was electric!
If you could be ringside for one fight next year which one would it be?
Any Floyd Mayweather fight preferably against Pacquiao
If the phone rang this afternoon with a Big fight offer, who would the opponent be and where?
Who ever holds the WBC bantamweight title and at the MGM grand Las Vegas
Toughest Part of training?
Toughest Opponent you have faced?
Mexican in my 3rd fight that man took everything!
Basketball & tennis
Favourite all time fighter?
Sugar Ray Robinson
Favourite British fighter Past?
Prince Naseem Hamed
Favourite British fighter Present?
Carl Froch (pic right)
Kal Yafai Boxing Record: 4-0 (3KO‘s)
Full record here
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