From the archives: The safest bets

Mark E. Ortega
13/12/2016 6:00am

Back in Boxing Monthly in February 2014, Mark E. Ortega selected Birmingham's Kal Yafai as a prospect to watch in his 'The Safest Bets' feature. On Saturday, Yafai fulfilled this prediction by defeating Panama's Luis Concepcion to lift the WBA super flyweight title.

Here's what Mark had to say about Yafai back in 2014:

"For Yafai, 2013 was an uneven but still illuminating year. He made it through a contest in March with a torn left bicep, fighting most of an eight-rounder with one hand. He also took a short-notice opponent in October who was significantly bigger than him. Yafai was shaken in the final round, but worked through it. So we know that he has what it takes to deal with adversity to go with his considerable potential. The 2008 Olympian, a very adroit body puncher, should be well placed to propel himself into title contention."