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Galal Yafai reacts to Eddie Hearn’s comparison to Vasyl Lomachenko as new Matchroom signing aims for world title glory fast

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Galal Yafai reacts to Eddie Hearn’s comparison to Vasyl Lomachenko as new Matchroom signing aims for world title glory fast

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Galal Yafai has signed with Matchroom boxing and will make his professional debut on February 27 at the O2 Arena.

Eddie Hearn hailed the signing of Britain’s only Tokyo Olympics gold medal boxer and said Yafai will be competing for the WBC international title in his first-ever fight.

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Yafai won gold for Team GB at Tokyo 2020

The Matchroom kingpin compared Yafai’s rapid trajectory to that of Vasyl Lomachenko, another decorated amateur who won Olympic gold (twice) and fought for a world title in his second professional bout.

However, while Yafai agrees he should be hitting the ground running rather than fleshing out his record, he doesn’t want to compare himself to the Ukrainian.

“I think so,” agreed Yafai when asked if it was important for him to get big fights quickly. “I don’t want to take the plunge too much and put myself in the same brackets as Lomachenko. Even being bracketed is so humbling, he’s an amazing fighter I’ve watched for years.

“But my age too – I’m 29. I am not a young 23 year old who starts and who needs to learn, I am a man in his own right. Not a big big man, but still a man [laughs].

Galal Yafai reacts to Eddie Hearn’s comparison to Vasyl Lomachenko as new Matchroom signing aims for world title glory fast

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Galal Yafai jumped into the deep end with Matchroom Boxing

“I know I’m not a 29 year old who’s been in a lot of wars and stuff and I have a number of years as a professional, but I can’t wait too long. I think I am pretty good and time will tell,” Yafai said.

The gold medal he won in Tokyo set him up for a strong start in the pros and Yafai still can’t believe what he’s achieved joining names like Lennox Lewis, Anthony Joshua and James. DeGale.

“When I won the gold medal, people told me that I had joined greats who weren’t even from Britain like Oscar De La Hoya, Pernell Whittaker, Muhammad Ali and all those fighters who have won Olympic gold.

“I’m not as good as them, but one thing we all have in common is that we’re all Olympic champions and that’s one thing that will live with me forever,” Yafai said proudly.

Galal Yafai reacts to Eddie Hearn’s comparison to Vasyl Lomachenko as new Matchroom signing aims for world title glory fast

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Hearn compared Yafai’s trajectory to Lomachenko’s

Yafai has two older brothers in professional boxing, Kal and Gamal, who have both had successful careers so far, the former having just lost his WBA super flyweight title.

Both men competed on Matchroom cards and it was thought Galal would follow suit, but it took a long time for Hearn to close the deal. What was the heist?

“There are a lot of things, a lot of ins and outs when you turn professional, it’s not easy. Especially as an Olympic champion, I’m not going to jump with anyone, I have to be careful.

Galal Yafai reacts to Eddie Hearn’s comparison to Vasyl Lomachenko as new Matchroom signing aims for world title glory fast

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Kal [left], Galal [middle] and Gamale [right] are all pros now

“But I tell Eddie now, he was the favorite and always has been. Matchroom has always been the company I wanted to go with and I’m here with them now.

Did his brothers offer advice during the dating period?

“My brothers didn’t really give me much advice. A few tips here and there, but Matchroom is one of the best in the world, not just in Britain, but in the world.

“The best fighters have to be with the best companies and the best promoter, which is Eddie. It was quite easy really.

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