Kal Yafai vs Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez bolsters the Garcia vs Vargas card scheduled for February 29 in Frisco, Texas
A fair criticism of DAZN, and its boxing partners, in 2019 was that the streaming service’s schedule didn’t really start cooking until late-April.
Last January included world title fights featuring Demetrius Andrade vs Artur Akavov and Jaime Munguia vs Takeshi Inoue. Both decent fights, but not ones that garner new subscribers – or retain old ones harboring expectations for consistent world-class action.
As a sign of its ability to adapt, DAZN opens January 2020 with Andrade supported by a loaded card including IBF Super Featherweight title fight Tevin Farmer vs Joseph Diaz. Add in unified Super Bantamweight champion Daniel Roman’s title defense vs Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
I can’t wait, it is a case of when idols become rivals and I am so honored to share the ring with him but also show the world that I am an elite world champion – Kal Yafai, WBA Super Flyweight champion
With January addressed, DAZN delivers a star-studded card to Frisco, Texas on Saturday, February 29 headlined by Mikey Garcia vs Jessie Vargas. The bout marks four-division champion Garcia return to the Lone Star State, following up his disappointing unanimous decision loss to unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr in Arlington last March. The main event represented a great start, but the undercard additions continue to raise the card’s appeal – for Texas boxing fans and DAZN.
The most recent announcement is WBA World Super Flyweight titlist Kal Yafai vs Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez is also headed to The Ford Center at The Star.
The fight represents the sixth defense for Yafai (26-0 15 KOs), as he returns to the States having gone the distance with Dominican Republic’s Norbelto Jimenez in Providence, Rhode Island in June. He is Britain’s longest reigning champion and his search for a major fights culminates in an excellent matchup with Chocolatito (48-2 40 KOs).
Gonzalez is a former four-weight ruler and pound for pound king who ended a long period of inactivity with a victory in Japan in December. With the ring rust shaken off, the Nicaraguan seeks a return to his world champion status. Both fighters expressed their eagerness to challenge one another on a huge night in the Lone Star state.
“I wanted the biggest possible fight available and after the Juan Francisco Estrada unification fell through, I had the opportunity to fight Chocolatito, the former pound for pound king!” said Yafai.
“Chocolatito is someone that I have idolized as I worked my way up to become world champion myself, so it doesn’t get much bigger than this and it will bring out the best in me. I can’t wait, it is a case of when idols become rivals and I am so honored to share the ring with him but also show the world that I am an elite world champion.”
“First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Eddie Hearn for giving me this opportunity to fight for the World championship,” said Chocolatito. “God has responded to my prayers once again. I want to thank God and Teiken foremost. Also, the champion, Kal Yafai for giving me the opportunity to fight for the championship once again. I know this will be a very hard fight, but it will be worthy of all our efforts and determination.”
“This is a brilliant fight on an absolute monster of a show!” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Kal Yafai has been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time and now he gets it against a legend of the sport in Chocolatito. This card in Texas is going to be epic and you can expect Yafai vs Chocolatito to be an all-out war!”
Yafai and Chocolatito is part of a tremendous night of action in Frisco, topped by the Welterweight showdown between Garcia and Vargas. Also in action will be the all-action Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez making the first defense of his WBC Flyweight title against unbeaten Welsh challenger Jay Harris. Matchroom Boxing is still at work looking to add more exciting action to the card.
Featured image by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing