Tokyo 2020 Olympic Champion Galal Yafai MBE signed a long-term promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing in January 2022.
Birmingham’s Yafai fulfilled his lifelong dream and became Olympic Champion as he brilliantly won Team GB’s first boxing gold of Tokyo 2020, impressively outpointing the Philippines’ Carlo Paalam to secure gold in the Flyweight division – Britain’s 19th gold medal of the Games.
Yafai comes from a proud boxing family, with old brothers Kal and Gamal having successful careers in the professional ranks after beginning as amateurs. 2008 Olympian Kal won a European silver medal in 2010 before turning pro and winning the WBA Super-Flyweight World Title in 2016, with Gamal winning Commonwealth and European Titles.
Galal was put straight into a 10-rounder for his professional debut in February 2022, but only needed half of those to stop Carlos Vado Bautista. The 29-year-old then stopped Miguel Cartagena two months later at Madison Square Garden to claim the WBC International Flyweight Title.
Completing his maiden year as a pro on the undercard of Dmitry Bivol-Gilberto Ramirez in November, Galal was paired with ranked Flyweight Gohan Rodriguez and battled to a split decision victory in a solid learning fight.
Due to make his ring return in San Antonio on April 8, Yafai's fight with Moises Calleros was brought forward a week to land on the same bill as Anthony Joshua-Jermaine Franklin at the O2 in London. Yafai earned his third stoppage victory in four professional fights, getting Calleros out in the fourth round.
Olympic hero Yafai earned a Birmingham homecoming in his fifth bout, headlining a NXTGEN card in his own city. Yafai dismantled former British champion Tommy Frank in one round and is now eyeing a slot on the huge Flyweight unification show between Jesse Rodriguez and Sunny Edwards in December.