Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring just two months after his last bout, as he defends his WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring super middleweight belts against Avni Yildirim at the Hard Rock Stadium on February 27.
Canelo Alvarez v Avni Yildirim Betting Tips & Predictions
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez enters the ring for his 57th professional fight when he takes on mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim, during that time he has only been beaten once and that was against Floyd Mayweather Jr back in 2013.
Since that defeat against Mayweather, Canelo has won 12 fights and drawn one and during that time he has won The Ring, WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight titles, WBO light middleweight belt, WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring middleweight titles, WBO light heavyweight belt and WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles.
It seems like everyone wants to step up and face Canelo even though the majority of them have no chance of beating him. The Mexican seems to have it all, he can box smart and comfortably go the distance, or he can demonstrate his punching power and end fights quickly.
Turkish opponent Yildirim is a tough fighter and has only lost two of his 23 fights, but despite being mandatory challenger, I honestly think he will be way out his depth.
I don’t like disrespecting fighters, but if Chris Eubank Jr can get him out of there inside three rounds, then I can’t see Canelo having many problems.
I predict that Canelo will take his time over the opening two or three rounds, before unleashing his power and ending this one before the end of the fourth round.
Road To Canelo Alvarez v Avni Yildirim
Canelo has already come in for some criticism for fighting Yildirim instead of the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, GGG, Artur Beterbiev or Jermall Charlo, but they are forgetting one important thing. Yildirim is THE mandatory challenger.
Canelo must face Yildirim or face losing a title, I am in no doubt that one the mandatory challenger is out the way, Canelo will be back in the ring at latter stage of 2021 against one of the top names in boxing.
Canelo was last inside the ring back in December when he defeated British fighter Callum Smith for the WBA (Super) and The Ring super middleweight title as well as the WBC belt, while Yildirim last fought in February 2019 when he was beaten by Anthony Dirrell by technical decision after the fight had to be halted in the 10th round because of bad cut to Dirrell’s left eye.
The fight was a real war, but the clash of heads was accidental, with two judges having Dirrell in front 96-94 with the third judge scoring the American 98-92 ahead. That final score card probably flattered Dirrell, and we know that Yildirim will scrap to the end if he must.
Unfortunately, Dirrell is no Canelo, I cannot see the Mexican getting caught in a dog fight and I expect it to be a relatively easy night for the champion.
Canelo Alvarez v Avni Yildirim: Fighter’s Predictions
Canelo Alvarez: “Avni Yildirim is a good boxer and we will put on an exciting fight. I’m very glad that we are able to bring this event to Miami, a short distance from where my hero, Muhammad Ali, trained.”
Avni Yildirim: “I am honoured as a mandatory to fight again for the big green belt – thank you to everyone who is involved. I always give my all – and everybody should be ready to see a war. I am coming to make my country proud – I am representing the whole of Turkey.”
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