Despite the date for the biggest fight of his life being moved, Kyle Yousaf (pictured) says he is still on track to become British Flyweight Champion.
In a battle of the unbeatens, the Sheffield man was due to face local rival Tommy Frank, 13-0 (3), on November 20 at Sheffield Arena on the UK’s first ever drive-in boxing show. But, with the UK enduring its second national lockdown, that date has fallen by the wayside.
The rearranged date of December 11 means a three-week delay to the action but Yousaf, 16-0 (7), remains totally focused and confident. The ‘Golden Kid’ knows it won’t be a walkover against Commonwealth Super Flyweight king, ‘Super’ Tommy Frank, but predicts he will have too much in his locker for his, 13-0 (3), opponent.
“I was focused on the original date,” explained the 27-year-old. “So when I found out it had changed, I had to get back on it because, although it’s a few weeks later, I still have a job to do. Of course, I would have liked it to be on the original date but as long as we’ve got a new date, then my job is boxing. It is what it is, I’ve still got a fight and a job to do.
“The date change hasn’t really affected my training. I’m still training hard and it’s been a long camp, but I’ve got great experience in my corner with [trainer] Grant Smith. I’ve got a good team behind me and we know what we’re doing. We know when to peak.
“Confidence isn’t the word! I have confidence in my skills, in what I can do. I know how good I am as a boxer. I’m not trying to hype myself up but with the team I’ve got, I’ve got the confidence. Not that I can easily beat Tommy Frank, but I know I’ve got his number and I’m the better fighter. That British Title will be mine on December 11.”
Dennis Hobson Promotions present an evening of boxing at Sheffield Arena on December 11, headlined by Tommy Frank and Kyle Yousaf contesting the vacant British Flyweight Title.
Chief support sees Kane Salvin and Sufyaan Ahmed fight for the Central Area Super Featherweight belt. Also appearing will be Sheffield’s Perry Howe, Keanen Wainwright and Nathan Owen, Belfast’s Cathy McAleer, and Rotherham’s Kash Ali.
The action will be broadcast live by Eurosport.
For ticket information, call 0114 243 4443.
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