Tokyo 2020: When is Yafai vs Bibossinov and how can I watch it?

Yafai is looking to make even more history by reaching the final in Tokyo.

Galal Yafai has a chance of competing for gold in the flyweight category, but one man stands in his way - Saken Bibossinov.

The Birmingham fighter has enjoyed a sensational tournament, starting off with a TKO win over Armenia's Koryun Soghomonyan.

He followed it up with victories against Zambia's Patrick Chinyemba and Cuba's Yosvany Veitia.

His semi-final opponent won bronze at the 2019 World Championships and is ranked number seven in the world.

Bibossinov has defeated Puerto Rico's Yankiel Rivera Figueroa, France's Billal Bennama and Spain's Gabriel Escobar in Japan.

Yafai tasted heartbreak in the second round of his 2016 Olympics campaign, losing to Cuba's Joahnys Argilagos and pondered whether to 'chase the money' on the professional circuit.

Instead, he decided to focus on fighting at the Olympics again. Good things come to those who wait and Yafai is now guaranteed at least a bronze medal at the 2020 Games.

The 28-year-old is one of six who will return with medals. Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker won silver in their respective divisions while Karris Artingstall and Frazer Clarke took bronze.

Lauren Price will also win at least bronze and is also in action this week against Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn.

Boxing runs in the blood of the Yafai's. His two brothers - Kal and Gamal - box under the Matchroom banner and have won multiple titles.

Kal Yafai - also an Olympian - is a former super flyweight world champion and was Britain's longest reigning world champion until he lost to Roman Gonzalez in 2020.

Gamal won medals with Team GB during his amateur days and held the European championship at super bantamweight in 2020.

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"It feels great to get a medal, the sixth one now for Team GB," said Galal after winning his quarter-final bout.

"I was rooming with Frazer [Clarke] and Ben [Whittaker] and Ben is in the final and Frazer has got a bronze medal so I didn't want to go home with nothing. I had to make sure I got a medal.

"I'd joked with them, telling them if they were going to get themselves a medal I wasn't going to miss out, was I!

"I've already had texts from them (his two brothers) today before the fight, they'll be made up," he said.

"Now I've got a medal, but obviously I don't want it to be bronze," Yafai added.

When and where is the fight?

Yafai and Bibossinov will collide on Thursday morning at 6.48 BST in Tokyo.


Galal Yafai to win 5/6

Saken Bibossinov to win 10/11.

Where can I watch it?

Discovery +

What's on the line?

A place in the final to win gold.

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