Kal Yafai Makes the 5th Defense of his WBA Title, Wins Decision over Norbelto Jimenez

This fight wasn’t a particularly interesting one, but WBA Super-Flyweight Titlist 🇬🇧Kal Yafai (26-0-0, 15KO) methodically put enough rounds in the bank in outpointing Dominican boxer 🇩🇴Norbelto Jimenez (29-9-4, 16KO) to a Unanimous Decision victory.

Kal Yafai came out with much more of a purpose, with solid balance, and a patient fundamental attack to pick apart the Dominican challenger, looking much better than he did in his lackluster performance last year against challenger 🇲🇽Israel Gonzalez.

Jimenez clearly came into this fight looking to wrestle more than throw his hands, appearing to go in full survival mode instead of taking the risk of letting his hands go to see if he can make something of his chances. Yafai displayed good sense of distances and footwork to continue to keep the pressure on Jimenez, as Yafai spent virtually all of the fight coming forward, pressing his opponent and cutting the ring off while Jimenez pedaled backwards the majority of the contest.

Going back to what was stated earlier in Jimenez propensity to hold, Referee Danny Schiavone decided to take a point away from Jimenez in the 4th round for holding after warning him a few times throughout the fight. In the 6th round, Yafai realized that Jimenez couldn’t take shots to the body too well, so he delivered a steady dose. All in all, this was not an entertaining fight, but Yafai did what he had to do in getting this one in the books.

SIDE NOTE – Kal Yafai is a good, solid boxer, but for him to have any chance against the Top-5 of the Super-Flyweight division (🇲🇽Juan Francisco Estrada, 🇹🇭Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, 🇯🇵Kazuto Ioka, 🇵🇭Donnie Nietes, 🇵🇭Jerwin Ancajas), he has to learn how to counter-punch. He is a very good defensive boxer with his elbows in, high guard approach, but he needs to learn how to catch-and-shoot. The reason why it’s referenced is because Yafai s either n full offensive mode, or stuck behind his shell in a full defensive posture, nothing in between.

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