Canelo Alvarez Next Fight: Who is Avni Yildirim?

Published 02/08/2021, 7:26 AM EST


On February 27, Canelo Alvarez will take on the mandatory challenger, Avni Yildirim. The Turkish boxer will touch gloves with the toughest opponent of his boxing career in a super-middleweight bout. The boxing world is well aware of the veteran pugilist Alvarez, but how much do we actually know about his opponent Yildirim?

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‘Mr.Robot’ has lived his entire life in Istanbul, Turkey. He began boxing in his early teenage days and enjoyed a classic amateur record of 120-12. He won a bronze medal at the Mediterranean Championships and even represented Turkey at the World Championships in 2013.

However, he ended up on the losing vertical there and opted to take up the sport professionally.

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The 29-year-old made his debut in 2014. He fought Davit Ribakoni in a 4-rounder light-heavyweight contest and emerged victorious by 40-36 on the judges’ scorecards. Ever since then, there was no turning back for him. In fact, he won the WBC international silver light-heavyweight title after a year of his professional debut.

Yildirim suffered his first career loss in 2017, against Chris Eubank Jr. The pair fought for the IBO super-middleweight strap, and this was the Turkish boxer’s first momentous shot at the world title.

Although he succumbed to a distressing loss so early in his career, ‘Mr. Robot’ didn’t let his spirits sink. Instead, he kept himself relevant in the division with constant wins.

Yildirim competed last in 2019 against Anthony Dirrell and lost his second pro-boxing fight.

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Can Avni Yildirim upset Canelo Alvarez?

After an almost two-year hiatus, ‘Mr. Robot’ will enter the squared circle to take on the pound for pound boxing king, Alvarez. He is undergoing extremely robust training sessions as he will look to score a massive upset on February 27.

He acknowledges the prize coming with this fight, and does not want to mess up with this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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A few days back, his coach Joel Diaz gave an insight into his training routines. Diaz admitted that the global pandemic made the Turkish pugilist a better boxer altogether. He jotted his weaknesses and worked on the same.

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With ‘Mr. Robot’ putting in the work of his life and his coach’s recent comments on his progress, it’s clear that he is doing his best to ensure that the bout won’t be one-sided.

The fans will be in for a treat if Yildirim can exhibit his toughness and bring in his A-game against Alvarez. How will Avni Yildirim fare in the toughest bout of his life? Will he leave the ring with the super-middleweight titles on his waist?

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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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