Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Rodriguez vs Yafai?
Jonathan Javier Rodriguez beat Kal Yafai by knockout in the 1st round on Saturday 18th November 2023 at YouTube Theater in Inglewood.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 10 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 118 pounds (8.4 stone or 53.5 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Diego Pacheco beating Marcelo Esteban Coceres. Also, on the undercard Mayerlin Rivas lost to Erika Cruz, Jalan Walker defeated Jorge Villegas and Criztec Bazaldua was victorious over Pedro Angel Cruz.
Rodriguez vs Yafai stats
Jonathan Javier Rodriguez stepped into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Kal Yafai made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Rodriguez had advantage in power over Yafai, with a 68% knock out percentage over Yafai's 56%.
Jonathan Javier Rodriguez was the younger man by 6 years, at 28 years old.
Rodriguez had a height advantage of 1 inch over Yafai. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Jonathan Javier Rodriguez & Kal Yafai fought out of an orthodox stance.
Rodriguez's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Yafai's, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2015, 3 year and 1 month later than Yafai, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 2 more professional rounds, 170 to Yafai's 168.
Kal Yafai was ranked number 4 by the WBA in the 118lb division.
Rodriguez vs Yafai form
Yafai had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Jerald Paclar on 5th November 2022 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest in United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez on 29th February 2020 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at The Ford Center at The Star, Texas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Norbelto Jimenez on 29th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at Dunkin Donuts Center, Rhode Island.
Before that, he had beat Israel Gonzalez on 24th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
He had won against David Carmona on 26th May 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at Selland Arena, Fresno, California, United States.
Yafai's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 5 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 50 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10 rounds on average.
What time did Rodriguez vs Yafai start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at YouTube Theater, Inglewood, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Rodriguez vs Yafai?
Jonathan Javier Rodriguez was a 11/8 (+140) underdog going into the contest, while Kal Yafai made his way into the ring at 8/13 (-160) with oddsmakers.