Khalid Yafai and Jonathan Rodriguez will contest the vacant World Boxing Affiliation (WBA) bantamweight intercontinental belt this Saturday on the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California.
Yafai, a former world tremendous flyweight champion, returned to boxing final 12 months after a protracted absence and has been regaining his rhythm to return to the USA on an enormous night time.
The Brit misplaced the 2020 world title to Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez by a 9 spherical technical knockout. After that he took a protracted break and didn’t return till November 2022, when he defeated Jerald Paclar by unanimous resolution in Abu Dhabi. Now he’ll try and grow to be a regional champion of the pioneering physique and begin searching for a path to a different world title shot down the street.
Rodriguez, from Puerto Rico, is a 24-year-old fighter who’s in a fantastic second and the chance he’s introduced with is sort of fascinating. The Puerto Rican is aware of that beating a former world champion could possibly be the ticket to recognition and he intends to get this win.
The Rio Piedras native can be going into his first 10-round battle and should adapt on this battle. He has not misplaced since 2020 and that provides him confidence to face this problem, which is an important of his skilled profession to date.
Yafai has a file of 27 wins, 1 loss and 15 knockouts, whereas Rodriguez has 16 wins, 1 loss, 1 draw and 6 knockouts.