It looks as though WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada won’t be facing IBF champion Kal Yafai on the Andy Ruiz Jr.-Anthony Joshua II undercard, but the two are still poised to go at it. Both Zanfer and Eddie Hearn have confirmed that their respective sides are looking to put the fight together a week later on December 14th.
This date would mean some competition; Terence Crawford’s title defense against (presumably) Egidijus Kavaliauskas, which also includes Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez, airs on ESPN that evening. I suppose they could hold it in the U.K. and avoid the timing conflict entirely, though.
Estrada (39-3, 26 KO) figures to be a considerable favorite; his 115-pound run has seen him beat the likes of Carlos Cuadras and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, while Yafai’s (26-0, 15 KO) best victory was likely his initial title-winning effort over Luis Concepcion. Still, it figures to at least be an entertaining clash, and with IBF champion Jerwin Ancajas off doing his own thing, this is among the top fights that can be made at 115 next to a clash between Estrada and WBO champ Kazuto Ioka.