Galal Yafai Signs with Matchroom
Updated: Jan 30
Olympic gold medallist Galal Yafai has signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom to kick off his career in the pro ranks. The 29-year-old from Birmingham is the youngest of the three Yafai brothers and will be looking to emulate the success of Kal and Gamal have already had in their careers. As an amateur, Galal won 42 out of his 56 contests and represented team GB in two Olympics winning gold in the Flyweight division at the Tokyo Olympics.
Now that he has signed with Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn will be wasting no time and Galal's first contest will be a 10 rounder for an international title. When he was asked in an interview about his first fight bringing over 10 rounds he told them that it was what he wanted as he didn’t want to waste time doing 6 rounders against journeymen who have just come to serve. He also stated that he was looking to be fighting for world titles in the next few years and hopes to win them at multiple weights.
When asked did Kal and Gamal involvement with Matchroom sway his choice to sign with the promotion he informed the interviewer, not really no, Matchroom is the best promotion and Eddie is a great promoter he then added that he would like to fight on a show with both his brothers then jokingly said as long as I’m headlining. The date of his first contest and the venue is yet to be announced but the whole of the boxing community waits to see how the former Olympian fairs in the pro ranks.
It's great to see that Galal has decided to turn over to the pro ranks with the same promotion that his brothers did. His first fight is for an international title in a 10 round contest which is a statement in itself. It shows that Eddie Hearn has a lot of faith in the gold medallist as he emulates Lomachenko when he turned over from the amateurs. Kal and Gamal have shown Galal the way to winning world and European titles and I have a feeling that he can do even better. He now has the world at his feet and I can see multiple world titles in his future. It would be great to see his first fight being in Birmingham at a big arena and maybe have his brothers on the same show, either way, I look forward to seeing what the youngest Yafia will do as a pro.