Kal Yafai vs Norbelto Jimenez

Kal Yafai retained his WBA super-flyweight world title

Published On Sunday, June 30, 2019By Tim Rickson

Kal Yafai retained world title and marches on unbeaten

Birmingham's Kal Yafai (26-0) retained his WBA super-flyweight world title with a unanimous decision win over Norbelto Jimenez (29-9-4) in Rhode Island.

It was the unbeaten 30-year-old's fifth successful defence of his crown, with wide scores of 117-109, 119-107 and 118-108 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, America.

After the win the 115-pounder called out the likes of WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez, the former four-division champion.

"Those kinds of guys, they have to be next," Yafai said.

"I want all the big fights. All the big guys."

The victory took Yafai's record to 26-0 against the Dominican Republic's Jimenez, 28, who had been unbeaten since 2011.

Yafai was on undercard of Demetrius Andrade's (28-0) second defence of his WBO middleweight title against Maciej Sulecki (28-2).

Unbeaten Andrade, 31, dominated from the off in what was a hometown fight for the American, knocking down his Polish opponent in the first round.

But he was unable to finish him off and took a unanimous points decision which all three judges scored 120-107 in his favour.

The three other middleweight titles are all held by Mexican great Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Andrade made it clear he wanted a unification fight in his post-match interview, calling out: "Canelo where your cojones at? Let's get it."

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker (26-2) also fought on the bill and enjoyed a 10th round knockout of Australian Alex Leapai (32-8-4).

Parker now has 26 wins for his 28 fights and one of those came two and a half years ago against Andy Ruiz Jr - the man who shocked Anthony Joshua to become IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion on June 1.

Parker, who lost his own challenge to then-champion Joshua in 2018, said he wants to get the chance to beat Ruiz Jr again - but first wanted rematches against Joshua and another Briton, Dillian Whyte. Those remain the only two losses on Parker's record.

"I want to avenge the losses that I have then I want to fight Andy Ruiz again," he said.