Yafai to face Jimenez next as camps reach deal

Junior bantamweight world titleholder Khalid Yafai will next face mandatory challenger Norbelto Jimenez after their camps made a deal for the fight on Tuesday.

The agreement came just before the bout was scheduled to be put up for a purse bid at the WBA offices in Panama City.

There is no set date for the fight yet, but Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told ESPN later on Tuesday that he might place it on the undercard of unified heavyweight world titleholder Anthony Joshua's defense against Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Hearn said if the fight is not on the Joshua-Miller card it would likely be scheduled for another date in June in the United Kingdom.

Yafai (25-0, 15 KOs), 29, of England, has made four title defenses, most recently a unanimous decision over Israel Gonzalez on Nov. 24 in Monte Carlo.

Jimenez (29-8-4, 16 KOs), 28, of the Dominican Republic, hasn't lost since a four-rounder in 2011, but he also has not faced top opposition.