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Gold medal star Galal Yafai plans to celebrate Olympics success with Five Guys

Galal Yafai plans on celebrating his Tokyo 2020 gold medal by eating “nothing healthy”.

Flyweight Yafai fought sensationally throughout the Tokyo Games, defeating Cuba’s Yosvany Veitia in the quarter final and Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan in the semi-final.

This set up a meeting between the Brit and Carlo Paalam of the Philipines in the gold medal match.

The bout was contested at a blisteringly high pace, with Yafai constantly walking down and pressuring his opponent. Just over a minute into the opening round, the Brit sent Paalam to the canvas after landing a wicked straight left hand.

Paalam was back to his feet quickly, but the knockdown was enough for Yafai to claim the first round on all five judges' scorecards.

The Birmingham native continued to pressure his opponent and while the second round was particularly tight, four out of five judges scored it in favour of Yafai.

This allowed the Brit to play the final round extremely safe. Paalam landed the better shots of the round by far, and all five judges gave the nod to the Filipino.

However, it wasn’t enough and Yafai was announced the winner via 4:1 split decision.

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Both men shook hands and Paalam was particularly respectful in defeat, embracing Yafai moments after the decision had been confirmed.

After he had left the ring, Yafai fell to his knees, banged the canvas, and celebrated with the other Team GB boxers watching from the stands.

Following the bout, Yafai was asked what might be next, with many expecting the Brummie to take the leap into professional boxing, just as his fellow medallists Frazer Clarke and Pat McCormack have done.

Yafai was coy in response and said while he may well turn professional, he’s much more excited about the prospect of “a nice Five Guys” when he gets home.

“Obviously everyone wants to turn pro and I’ve been an amateur for a long time,” said Yafai.

“I’ve been to two Olympics but I’m going to have a rest with family and friends, and soak it all in.

“I don’t want to think about boxing any more.

“I want to rest and I just want to eat some food. Maybe a nice Five Guys – a few chips, burgers, nothing healthy.”

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