Khalid Yafai vs Roman Gonzalez preview

Khalid Yafai vs Roman Gonzalez preview

Published On Monday, February 10, 2020By British Boxing News

Khalid Yafai faces tough test against legendary Roman Gonzalez

On March 1st it's a welterweight clash between Jessie Vargas and Mikey Garcia that will headline the card in Texas but Britain's Khalid Yafai is aiming to steal the headlines when he faces the legendary Roman Gonzalez. 

That super-flyweight battle will take place on the undercard at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, with this being a big step up in class for the West Midlands fighter despite making the sixth defence of his current world title. 

Yafai is still the reigning WBA champion at 115lbs and has so far successfully retained the crown on five occasions since winning it back in December 2016. 

The now 30-year-old has been a widely polarising British fighter in recent years. It's clear the talent and work ethic is there in his career but many have questioned his title reign and those who he has defended the belt against since realising his dream of claiming world honours. 

Yafai earned a unanimous decision victory over Luis Concepcion to claim the then vacant strap at the Manchester Arena four years to reign supreme. 

Since then he has defended it against all of Suguru Muranaka, Sho Ishida, David Carmona, Israel Gonzalez and Norbelto Jimenez. 

Including his actual world title triumph, the Birmingham-native has dominantly rallied to five unanimous points victories and one stoppage success across his reign. 

But he next faces a different animal and a true legend of the lower weight divisions in his next ring outing on American soil, which will be his third time boxing across the pond in his impressive career to date. 

Legendary four-weight world champion 'Chocolatito' is regarded as a highly promising evens outsider in the boxing betting to prevail here and once again reign supreme in his glittering career. 

That may come as a big surprise to those fortunate enough to have followed Gonzalez's illustrious career since his early days. 

The now 32-year-old is evidently past his prime years, when he was magnificent force from minimumweight to flyweight, but he then managed to win a belt at super-flyweight too despite being small for the division. 

'Chocolatito' suffered his first defeat when he was dubiously outpointed by Thai wrecking ball Srisaket Sor Rungvisai back in March 2017, before losing the rematch via a brutal knockout just six months later. 

A lot of fans then wrote the little Nicaraguan off but he has since bounced back from those first ever career setbacks, as well as out-of-ring issues, to rack up successive KO wins over both Moises Fuentes and Diomel Diocos. 

But, while Gonzalez is clearly not at his best anymore, this version of the legendary all-time great will still have enough quality to push Yafai all the way here. 

The defending champion from England is regarded as the odds-on 8/11 front runner for success here but ageing veteran Gonzalez could well prove to be his maiden conqueror when the two lock horns for an intriguing showdown in Texas.