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Galal Yafai (born 11 December 1992 in Birmingham, West Midlands)[1] is a British boxer who qualified to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Galal Yafai
Weight(s)49 kg (108 lb; 7.7 st)
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Born (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 26)
Birmingham, United Kingdom

At the 2016 European Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Samsun, Turkey, Yafai defeated Samuel Carmona Heredia of Spain by unanimous decision in his semifinal to secure his place in the Olympic light flyweight.[2][3] He won his round of 32 fight defeating Simplice Fotsala of Cameroon. He lost his Round of 16 fight to Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba.

In May 2019, Yafai was selected to compete at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, Belarus.[4] He also competed at the 2019 World Championships in Yekaterinburg, Russia,[5] where he lost by unanimous decision to Billal Bennama in the quarterfinals.[6]

He is the younger brother of boxers Khalid Yafai and Gamal Yafai.[7]


  1. ^ Also designated as the 2019 men's European Championships


  1. ^ "Rio 2016: Great Britain and Northern Ireland's Olympic team". BBC Sport. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  2. ^ Dennen, John (15 April 2016). "Galal Yafai and Qais Ashfaq win Rio 2016 places". Boxing News. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Olympic boxing: Nicola Adams among eight British qualifiers for Rio 2016". BBC Sport. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Team GB squad announcement for the European Games". Team GB. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Thirteen boxers from GB Boxing squad selected to compete at 2019 World Championships in Russia". East Side Boxing. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Thirteen boxers from GB Boxing squad selected to compete at 2019 World Championships in Russia". GB Boxing. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Boxing: Yafai brothers packing a punch for Birmingham". Birmingham Mail. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2016.