Hearn Looks To Make Galal Yafai vs Frank-Harris Winner In 2023 Before Challenging For The World Title
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed earlier today via Twitter that a fight of interest for Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten professional Galal Yafai (2-0, 2 KOs) is the winner of the British and Commonwealth Flyweight title contest between Tommy Frank (15-2-1) and Jay Harris (19-3).
Frank vs Harris will likely land on the undercard to Josh Warrington‘s mandatory defence of his IBF Featherweight world championship against Mexico’s Luis Alberto Lopez. Warrington-Lopez takes place on December 10 at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.
Harris previously unsuccessfully challenged WBC Champion Julio Cesar Martinez in 2020 whilst Frank has been the marquee name on the Fightzone platform under Dennis Hobson. A high-level Domestic clash in the smaller weights is a rare occurrence in Britain, especially one where both fighters have a significant profile.
Fight fans would love to see Yafai capitalise on this opportunity and take part in an all-British fight that could generate interest. Hearn stated that he would be interested in matching Yafai with the Frank-Harris winner ‘asap’ en route to a world title shot, which the British promoter believes Yafai could get in as early as his 5th fight.
First, Yafai defends his WBC International title against Mexico’s Gohan Rodriguez Garcia (12-1-1, 1 KOs) this Saturday, November 5 in Abu Dhabi, on the undercard of the WBA Light Heavyweight championship fight between Dmitry Bivol and Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez, live on DAZN.
Yafai is ranked #20 with the WBC whilst Garcia is the #12 rated challenger with the same organisation and #15 with the WBO, potentially handing Yafai two top 15 world rankings including a likely top 10 spot with the WBC should Yafai emerge victorious this weekend.