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Who won Yafai vs Jimenez?
Kal Yafai beat Norbelto Jimenez by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 29th June 2019 at Dunkin Donuts Center in Rhode Island.
The scorecards were announced as 117-109, 119-107, 118-108 in favor of winner Kal Yafai.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 115 pounds (8.2 stone or 52.2 KG).
This contest was for the WBA super flyweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Demetrius Andrade beating Maciej Sulecki for the WBO World Middleweight championship. Also, on the undercard Joseph Parker beat Alex Leapai.
Yafai vs Jimenez stats
Back in June 2019, Kal Yafai stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 25 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Norbelto Jimenez made his way to the ring with a record of 29 wins, 8 loses and 4 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Yafai had a slight advantage in power over Jimenez, with a 60% knock out percentage over Jimenez's 55%.
Kal Yafai was the older man by 1 year, at 30 years old.
Jimenez had a height advantage of 2 inches over Yafai. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Both Kal Yafai & Norbelto Jimenez fought out of an orthodox stance.
Yafai was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 16 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 2 year and 4 months later than Jimenez, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 88 less professional rounds, 168 to Jimenez's 256.
Norbelto Jimenez was ranked number 1 by the WBA in the 115lb division.
Yafai vs Jimenez form
Yafai had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 4 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, 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.
Previous to that, he had beat 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.
Going into that contest, he had won against Sho Ishida on 28th October 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at Millennium Stadium, Wales, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had beat Suguru Muranaka on 13th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Afghanistan.
He had defeated Luis Concepcion on 10th December 2016 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Super Flyweight championship fight at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Jimenez had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Renson Robles on 23rd June 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Club el Millon, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Previous to that, he had won against Reysi Rosa on 22nd December 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Los Prados Social Club, Santo Domingo.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Donny Garcia on 24th June 2017 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo.
Before that, he had beat Luis Alberto Zarraga on 24th February 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Maunoloa Night Club y Casino, Santo Domingo.
He had won against Felix Machado on 16th December 2016 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Maunoloa Night Club y Casino, Santo Domingo.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Norbelto Jimenez had been fighting more than Kal Yafai.
Going to this contest, Kal Yafai had last fought 7 months and 5 days ago, while Norbelto Jimenez's last outing had been 1 year and 6 days ago.
Yafai's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 5 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11 rounds on average.
Jimenez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 29 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.8 rounds on average.
What time did Yafai vs Jimenez start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Dunkin Donuts Center, Rhode Island, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Yafai vs Jimenez?
Kal Yafai was a 11/100 (-910) favourite going into the contest, while Norbelto Jimenez made his way into the ring at 5/1 (+500) with oddsmakers.