UK’s Yafai wins WBA su­per-fly­weight ti­tle

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

MANCH­ESTER:

Khalid Yafai be­came Bri­tain’s 13th reign­ing world cham­pion by win­ning the WBA su­per-fly­weight ti­tle on Saturday, beat­ing Luis Con­cep­cion of Panama by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion. The judges called the fight 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110 in fa­vor of Yafai, who knocked down Con­cep­cion in the 10th round and made the cleaner punches over­all. Con­cep­cion ar­rived in Bri­tain as the cham­pion, but was stripped of the ti­tle af­ter fail­ing to make weight and wasn’t fight­ing to re­gain it. It was one of two world ti­tle fights on a packed card at Manch­ester Arena, with the heavy­weight con­test be­tween IBF cham­pion An­thony Joshua and Eric Molina the other. In an­other heavy­weight fight, Dil­lian Whyte beat fel­low Bri­ton Dereck Chisora on a split de­ci­sion fol­low­ing an evenly matched slugfest that acted as an elim­i­na­tor for the WBC ti­tle, cur­rently held by Deon­tay Wilder. Both fight­ers were out on their feet by the end, though nei­ther was knocked down de­spite some huge shots.—

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