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Kal Yafai vs Roman Gonzalez Odds & Picks

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Apr 14, 2020 · 9:01 AM PDT

Yafai vs Gonzalez
  • Yafai vs Gonzalez takes place Saturday, February 29th, at 10:00 PM ET
  • The odds slightly favor Yafai continuing his impressive title reign
  • Check out the latest moneyline and prediction below

Kal Yafai vs Roman Gonzalez meet this weekend for the WBA world super flyweight title (Saturday, Feb. 29th). This prizefight goes down at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

These two 115-pounders are poised to jettison towards title unification bouts later on in 2020. Though this fight is significant in a vacuum, it also has a lot of significance for how the division shapes up for the calendar year. Gonzalez has a proven history with championship wins at 105, 108, 112 and 115 pounds. He looks to capture one more world championship and unseat an undefeated young titlist in the process.

Yafai vs Gonzalez Odds

Fighter Odds
Kal Yafai -170
Roman Gonzalez +140

Odds taken Feb. 24th.

Yafai has long awaited a high-profile fight at that next tier and Gonzalez very much represents that opportunity. The opportunity for Gonzalez lies in being able to add another championship distinction to his already impressive legacy.

A truly significant, elite-level crossroads fight for the two prizefighters. Yafai has held the WBA hardware since December 2016. He’s looking to make the sixth successful title defense and defeat Gonzalez, a pound-for-pound great across four weight divisions.

Super-Flyweight Frisco Fighting

Yafai is Britain’s longest-reigning world champion and he aims to sustain that run beyond this coming weekend. Yafai’s last bout saw him defeat Norbelto Jimenez via unanimous decision in June 2019. The last fight for Gonzalez was a victory albeit a bit of a tune-up fight against journeyman Diomel Diocos.

Some pundits are theorizing that Gonzalez should have perhaps taken two or three tune-up bouts before diving back into the world-title picture.

There are a lot of former Chocolatito supporters that have jumped ship since a pair of losses in 2017 to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Before that, pundits and fans alike had been talking about Gonzalez as being within the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Those defeats dropped his stock in the eyes of many and this is reflected in the odds ahead of his title bid against a dominant young champ.

Yafai vs Gonzalez Tale of the Tape

26-0 Record 48-2
15 Knockouts 40
5’4 Height 5’3
64″ Reach 64″
Norbelto Jimenez, Israel Gonzalez, Sho Ishida Significant Wins Yutaka Niida, Juan Francisco Estrada, Akira Yaegashi
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
This is a situation where idols become rivals as Yafai has long looked up to Gonzalez. I think Yafai has a physical frame that’s better suited for 115. Though Gonzalez’s success in the lower weight divisions is certainly worth noting on a legacy level, it also illustrates that he’ll likely be a fair bit smaller come fight night.

Yafai should be able to impose his game with that size advantage. I see the reigning champion winning via unanimous decision.

Pick: Kal Yafai (-170)

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