Canelo Alvarez Makes Bout With Avni Yildirim Official

Published 01/21/2021, 11:30 PM CST
Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports


The pound-for-pound king of boxing, Canelo Alvarez, is ready to storm into the ring on February 27. The Mexican boxer last fought in December against Callum Smith, wherein he solidified his place in the super-middleweight division.

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On February 27, he will take on the Turkish boxer, Avni Yildirim, to defend his WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles.

Alvarez recently updated his fans about this title-defense fight via his Instagram.

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He wrote, “ON THE ROAD TOWARDS THE 168 LBS UNIFICATION. This upcoming February 27th at the @hardrockstadium on Miami, FL. I’ll be presenting all my titles against the official challenger of the WBC Avni Yildirim. I hope to have all your support! #CaneloYildrim.”

Saul Alvarez will look ahead to competing pro-actively this year. He just fought once in 2020 and wants to compensate for his in-ring hiatus this year. Yildirim is the mandatory challenger for the Mexican, and he has his eyes firmly set on unifying his titles.

Post this fight, should Canelo retain, he will predominantly challenge Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders for his WBO super-middleweight belt.

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Will it be an effortless title-defense for Canelo Alvarez?

Saul Alvarez is a true veteran of the sport, competing for more than a decade. At 30, he has the most sublime boxing resumes. In his last fight against lanky Callum Smith, Alvarez was written-off because of his height and reach compared to the Brit. But, Canelo defied the odds and put on one of his most dominant career wins.

Yildirim is a staunch boxer, but he’ll walk in as an underdog in this bout against Alvarez.

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Mexican boxer won’t underestimate the Turkish boxer as he will put all his 168-pound belts at stake. Instead, he’ll be ultra-focused as he’ll be eyeing a bigger pot of gold post this- the undisputed super-middleweight strap.

A T/KO or a 12-round affair? How do you envision this fight going? Can Alvarez become the undisputed super-middleweight champion by year-end?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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