• Dexter Hastings

Gamal Completes Italian Job




Birmingham’s Gamal Yafai has completed the Italy job as he beats the Super-bantamweight European Champ Luca Rigoldi in Milan (17,12,20) on points to claim the European title. The decision was unanimous with all three judge’s scoring to Yafia with two of them having it 116 to 112 and one scoring it 119 to 109.



The former Commonwealth and WBC International super Bantamweight champ had scored 3 stoppages in his last three fights after losing his unbeaten record to Gavin McDonnell in March of 2018. This great victory puts Gamal back in contention for even bigger titles and bigger fights. There is also the mouth-watering prospect of Yafia taking on the current British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champ Brad Foster. This would be a great unification fight and a great Midlands Derby.

Dexter’s Thought’s

Great to see Gamal back with a belt around his waist, he had to do it the hard way traveling to Italy to fight the champ Luca Rigoldi who he beat on a unanimous points decision. Yafia is back in the driving seat and I’m sure he will be looking to contest for one of the world titles and emulate his brother Kal as a world champ. But before he does that which under the Matchroom banner I’m sure he will do I would love to see him take on Brad Foster for his European and Fosters British and Commonwealth titles. This would be an epic contest with both fighters in good form and at the top of there games. The one stumbling block is Yafia is promoted by Matchroom and Foster is promoted by Queensberry which could well be a problem in getting this fight together. I’m sure this is a fight everyone would like to see and the Column would love to see it. Fingers crossed it will happen.