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Yafai becomes Britain's 13th World Ruler, and Birmingham's 1st

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Kal Yafai dominated Luis Concepcion to be crowned the WBA Super-Flyweight champion at the Manchester Arena last night.

Yafai became Birmingham’s first World champion with a performance against the two-weight World champion, landing the fight on the cards with scores of 119-108 120-108 117-110.

Credit: Lawrence Lustig.

Concepcion failed to make the weight at Friday’s weigh-in so the title was only on the line for the Brit, and he made sure he took his chance with both hands and underlined his dominance with a knockdown in the tenth round on the way to becoming Britain’s 13th World champion. After he said:

“It’s unbelievable, it's going to take a while to sink in. I knew I was going to do it, it was just a matter of how. I just did what I needed to do, got through it. I still feel that I have a lot more in me and plenty more to give, this win will take me up to another level now. He was tough and physical but he wasn’t as strong as I thought he would be on the inside and he didn't punch as hard as I thought he would. He had decent power, but not the power that I thought he would. Every Olympian and Olympic champion wants to become a World champion – I missed out on the Olympics but this is amazing, and I've had a great payday - but this is more than any payday you could ever give me."

– Kal Yafai.

On his return home, he added:

"I can't wait to headline in Birmingham as a World champion, my hands are a bit sore so I might be out for a little bit, but the second I can get in the gym I will be back working and getting ready to defend this belt for the first time.”

– Kal Yafai.