Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim Announcer: Legendary Michael Buffer Joins the Party

Published 02/20/2021, 12:30 PM EST


Canelo Alvarez will defend his newly earned WBC and WBA 168 lbs titles against Avni Yildirim on February 27 before a live crowd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. The fight card has already grabbed a lot of attention with Alvarez’s return to the ring in a span of just over two months. However, there’s much more to add on.

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Renowned ring announcer, Michael Buffer, will be joining the tide as he recently opened up on it via social media. As per Buffer’s tweet, he will be a part of the event and undoubtedly will voice the entire card for the night. There’s no denying that Michael Buffer’s inception will only intensify the tale for the right causes.

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Kicking off his career as a boxing ring announcer in 1982, Buffer has been a part of several iconic fights in the sport’s history. He has worked alongside several legends and continues to embrace the sport with his activeness.

Aged 76, Buffer’s presence will elevate the start of what is shaping up to be Alvarez’s first stop on his road to becoming undisputed at 168 pounds.

Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim- What’s in store for the fans?

Alvarez will clearly be the favorite against Yildirim. However, the Turkish can shatter his upcoming plans by landing an upset. Following the Feb 27 bout, Alvarez is also scheduled to face Billy Joe Saunders for a 168 lbs title unification fight in May.

If ‘Canelo’ loses the upcoming fight, it will turn Yildirim into the new WBA and WBC champion, citing him as a liable contender at the super middleweight title picture. It will also put a dent in the proposed fight between Alvarez and Saunders.

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So, there’s a lot is in store for the fans and the super middleweight division. Apart from the stellar main-event, the undercard looks equally promising and would seemingly thrill the fight fans. Here’s a look at the card.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim, (Super middleweight-12 rounds)

Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo, (Flyweight-12 rounds)

Zhilei Zhang vs. Jerry Forrest, (Heavyweight- 10 rounds)

Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr., (Super middleweight- 8 rounds)

Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes, (Super middleweight- 6 rounds)

Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. TBA, (Featherweight- 6 rounds)

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Marc Castro vs. Lester Brown, (Junior lightweight- 4)

Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti, (Junior welterweight- 4 rounds)

Keyshawn Davis vs. Lester Brown, (Lightweight-4 rounds)

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Do you think it will be one of the best boxing cards of the year?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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