Canelo Looks to Bring the Heat to Avni Yildirim Saturday Night in Miami
February 24, 2021
Anthony Saldana (128 articles)
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Canelo Looks to Bring the Heat to Avni Yildirim Saturday Night in Miami

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night four division and current WBA and WBC “Super Middleweight” Champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) looks to reign supreme when he enters the ring over the upset-minded and heavy underdog, Avni Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) live on DAZN from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Alvarez, last fought December 19th and captured the vacant WBC and WBA Super Middleweight title with his one-sided unanimous decision victory over Callum Smith. Now Alvarez has his focus on his WBC mandatory challenger and former sparring partner Avni Yildirim. Coming into the fight Vegas bookmakers have the consensus #1 pound for pound fighter in the world Alvarez at (-5000) meaning you’d have to wager $5000 dollars on Alvarez to win $100 dollars. With the odds of Canelo losing his world title being slim to none, it’s not surprising why Yildirim is furious about being the underdog. “This is a big fight, a big chance for me. Underdog? I’m not the underdog. I don’t care what everyone says. I believe in myself. Who gives a fuck, you know? I don’t care,” said Yildirim who last fought two years and came away with a technical split decision loss to Anthony Dirrell after Dirrell suffered a cut from an accidental headbutt in the seventh round, one in which got considerably worse by the 10th round causing the fight to be stopped. Now Yildirim will get a second chance to become a world champion and a chance to become an overnight celebrity if he can defeat his former sparring partner and global superstar Canelo Alvarez Saturday night. 

For Alvarez defeating Yildirim will move him one step closer to his goal for 2021, to become the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world. Something no other boxer in the history of the four-belt era has accomplished. His plan, to take on the WBO Champion, Billy Joe Saunders in May. Then in the fall of 2021 take on the IBF Champion Caleb Plant. “That’s the goal. They are the champions,” Alvarez said. “If they continue being the champions, that’s who I will go after.” In the meantime however Canelo must first get passed a physically bigger and stronger fighter in Yildirim this Saturday night.  “Avni Yildirim is a great fighter, he’s very strong and comes forward so we have to be very alert. I’m not overconfident, I prepared very well and I don’t underestimate any opponent so I’m here and very prepared.” When asked about fighting in Miami, Canelo stated “I like everything about Miami and I am very happy to be here, it is an honor to fight at Hard Rock Stadium. I feel very excited, very happy, it’s even more motivation for me to open another door in order to have another home for my fights. I really feel very happy and very motivated to be in Miami and have this fight, and to put on a great show for the people there because I don’t just represent Mexico, I represent all Latinos. Stated Alvarez

Other bouts on card include:

Julio Cesar Martinez (17-1, 13 KOs) vs. McWilliams Arroyo (20-4, 15 KOs) 12 rounds, for Martinez’s WBC Flyweight Title

Zhilei Zhang (22-0, 17 KOs) vs. Jerry Forrest (26-4, 20 KOs) 10 rounds at heavyweight

Diego Pacheco (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr.(14-4, 4 KOs) 8 rounds at super middleweight

Alexis Espino (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Ashton Sykes (5-3, 1 KO) 6 rounds at super middleweight

Alexis Eduardo Molina  (8-0, 5 KOs) vs. TBA, 6 rounds at featherweight

Marc Castro (1-0) vs. Lester Brown (2-3) 4 rounds at junior lightweight

Aaron Aponte (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Harry Gigliotti,(6-1, 3 KOs) 4 rounds at junior welterweight

Keyshawn Davis (Debut) vs. Lester Brown (4-2-3, 1 KO) 4 rounds

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