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Tommy Frank and Galal Yafai both claim they are being overlooked ahead of flyweight clash on DAZN

Galal Yafai and Tommy Frank. Photo credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Flyweight Tommy Frank 15-3-1 (3) believes his pro experience will be too much for 2020 Olympic gold medallist Gamal Yafai 4-0 (3) to overcome when they clash at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, England on Saturday night.

The 30-year-old from Sheffield is an underdog to the tune of double figures, but just don’t tell Frank he is expected to lose.

“I think they’re overlooking me,” Frank said. “I have a lot of respect for Galal and Robert McCracken and he’s got a good team around him. So I don’t think they personally will be overlooking me but I just get the sense that, in general, maybe by Matchroom and others. Of course, that’s all because he’s an Olympic gold medallist and it’s to be expected, in a way – so it doesn’t worry me.

“Despite being a former British and Commonwealth champion, in some ways it’ll be a big upset in boxing [if I win]. A win in his backyard will get me a lot of credit and kudos, I’m going there to spoil the party and really looking forward to the occasion.

“To be honest, this is probably the biggest fight of my career. The highlight, so far, has been winning the British title but winning this fight with the eyes of the boxing world on me, live on DAZN, could be life-changing financially and mean appearing on bigger shows.

“I honestly wasn’t expecting this opportunity coming off the back of the loss to Jay Harris; it’s fallen into my lap and was too good to turn down. And I’m intending to make the most of it.”

But Birmingham southpaw Yafai, 30, believes it is himself who is being overlooked.

“I want to say he’s underestimating me as a professional fighter,” Yafai said. “I heard something about how they think I’m a good amateur fighter but not a good professional fighter just yet. We’ll see on Saturday.

“I think I’m ready for those world level opportunities now but it’s just the experience… Tommy doesn’t have any pressure on him. He’s expected to lose. Every top athlete has to deal with pressure.”

Frank’s manager and promoter Dennis Hobson says his boxer is primed for the upset.

“I think Tommy’s being slept on a bit in this fight,” Hobson said. “Maybe people are looking at his loss to Harris and reading more into it. Jay is a world class fighter and Tommy matched him and had the better of him at times before running out of steam.

“Tommy’s a consummate professional. He’ll be super fit and is huge at the weight and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him coming out on top in Galal’s home city.”

For Frank, he sees the opportunity as the star aligning at the right time.

“I just believe it’s everything for a reason,” he said. “I believe I’ve got this opportunity for a reason. Coming off a loss I didn’t think I was going to get it. I did get it and I just believe this is a chance of a lifetime. Ultimately, I want a call back from [promoter Eddie Hearn] to get on more of these shows.”