Taking into consideration the goal to shut out plans for an ambitious 2021 by becoming the primary undisputed champions at 168 pounds, unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez is forced to seem at Saturday’s return against Avni Yildirim as a way to an end.
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) may be a 40-1 betting favorite to defeat his mandatory challenger when the pair of 168-pound fighters touch gloves ahead of 15,000 socially distanced fans at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium for Alvarez’s WBA and WBC titles.
- Date: Feb. 27 | Location: Hard Rock Stadium — Miami Gardens, Florida
- Start time: 7 p.m. ET (main event set for approximately 10 p.m. ET)
- TV: Traditional PPV (check local listings)
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Although Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs), a 29-year-old native of Turkey, is plenty game and aggressive as a rugged brawler, few are giving him quite a little puncher’s chance as most expect the Mexican superstar to attain a rousing knockout in his first fight in south Florida since a first-round stoppage of Raul Pinzon in 2008.
I hope so, I hope it is a knockout because people enjoy watching knockouts but I’m ready for whatever,” Alvarez told Morning Kombat in the week.
Alvarez has been uncharacteristically gruff in the week when any mention of the odds is mentioned or when it’s been acknowledged that Yildirim, fresh off a two-year layoff and a loss in his last fight, doesn’t scream deserving of the chance.
In his defense, Alvarez acknowledged how little respect he came in December by dominating unbeaten champion Callum Smith before announcing a return for just two months later, beginning an ambitious plan for four fights this year including two unification bouts.
Although Alvarez, 30, doesn’t believe there’s another fighter at 160 or 168 pounds who would need to be favored to beat him, he’s far away from looking past Yildirim and respects what his hungry opponent brings to the table. the 2 fighters previously sparred together in 2018 when Alvarez brought in Yildirim to assist prepare him for a rematch against Gennadiy Golovkin.
He’s a robust fighter. He’s fierce,” Alvarez said. “He’s always there, pressuring. At any moment, he’s dangerous.Yildirim has enlisted the services of respected trainer Joel Diaz to assist him to refine his face-first style just a touch in preparation for Alvarez’s counter shots. Yet it’s Alvarez’s trainer, Eddy Reynoso, who has finally begun to receive what Alvarez believes is long-awaited recognition together of the highest coaches within the game.
In addition to Alvarez, whom he has trained from Day 1 of the four-division champion’s career in 2005, Reynoso recently guided unbeaten lightweight Ryan Garcia to the most important win of his young career in January over Luke Campbell and boxer champion Oscar Valdez last week to an upset knockout of Miguel Berchelt.
It’s a really important relationship, the one between a fighter and his trainer,” Alvarez said. “[Reynoso] has been with me from the start and has taught me everything. Now that he gets the credit he deserves are some things that I knew right along.
Alvarez is that the best boxer in the world at the instant.
In some ways, the solution is not any. Yildirim will have an almost four-inch height advantage over Alvarez, who is little for the 168-pound division despite showing good power. But in many other ways, it’s hard to not check out this as nothing quite a stay-busy fight that shouldn’t go past the primary few rounds.
Unless Yildirim can toe the road of being dirty and force Alvarez into a brawl by hurting him within the early going, the gap in everything from speed to technique leans overwhelmingly in Alvarez’s favor.