Yafai Set For Commonwealth Eliminator In Birmingham

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Gamal Yafai could fight for a title in the near future after being handed the opportunity to fight in an eliminator.

The former Team GB star, who is undefeated in seven outings as a professional, will box to be considered for a shot at the Commonwealth crown, live on Sky Sports.

Yafai, 24, is set to face Nasibu Ramadhani over 10 rounds at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on October 17, with the carrot of a title shot in the not-too-distant future at the end of it.

News of a more meaningful contest for the younger of the Brum boxing brothers comes after Frankie Gavin was forced to withdraw from the all-Midland clash against Sam Eggington, for the British Commonwealth and WBC International Silver titles, with a foot injury.

The super bantamweight has yet to box over eight rounds and former Commonwealth title challenger Ramadhani, 23, is set to provide Yafai with his toughest test to date.

Since retiring with an injured left shoulder against Jason Cunningham for the belt back in May, the Tanzanian southpaw has boxed four times, losing once and stopping two of his other three opponents.

Elsewhere, Gamal’s brother Kal Yafai will face the aforementioned Cunningham for the vacant British crown at super flyweight and Matthew Macklin is set to drop to super welterweight in a vacant WBC International title clash against Jason Welborn.

Prospects Cori Gibbs, Zach Parker and Dan Breeze will see action, along with Jordan Cooke and Michael Rooney, while there is a pair of Midlands Area title clashes between Craig Cunningham and Lennox Clarke in the middleweight division and a welterweight dust-up between Rob Hunt and Karl Wiggins.

Tickets for ‘Battle of Brum’, priced at £40, £60 and £100, are on sale now from the Barclaycard Arena website or by calling 0844 338 8000.

The £200 VIP tickets are available exclusively from Matchroom Boxing at www.matchroomboxing.com and on 01277 359900.

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