Canelo Alvarez will put his WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles on the line against Avni Yildirim on February 27 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. Still fresh from his victory over Callum Smith in December, Alvarez will return to the ring within three months. So, it’s safe to state that he has been super active with his regime, and it will significantly help him to bag a win ahead.
Meanwhile, Avni Yildirim is confident of landing an upset. Despite stepping up against one of the best pugilists of the era, Yildirim has belief in his skills, and under the guidance of Joel Diaz, he can actually shock the world.
However, it won’t be an undemanding task. Both the fighters have been through several tough fights and they know how to drag a contest to the distance. That said, they will prepare for a long-lasting night if none of them gets to land the thunderous one-punch stoppage.
Here’s a preview of the nearing super-middleweight title fight, and how it can look inside the squared circle.
5’8” tall orthodox boxer, Canelo Alvarez is on a 13-fight win streak since the maiden defeat of his career against Floyd Mayweather in 2013. He has shifted weight classes and has held world titles in all four divisions.
Meanwhile, Box Rec cites his reach as 70 and a half”. Even though we rely a lot on stats, Alvarez’s abilities go beyond that. He is a technically sound boxer and has one of the best defenses today.
So, Yildirim cannot rush against him. Alvarez knows how to receive a long night, and his opponents often tire out themselves by trying to land a lot in the early stage. Avni Yildirim might store some energy for the later rounds to secure his win.
Having secured 21 wins with 2 losses, Yildirim is coming off from a loss against Anthony Dirrell in his last fight. So he may not have a lot of believers on his side. But the Turkish sensation has powerful fists and if he can time one clean shot, it would be a close-call for Alvarez.
5’11 and a half” tall Yildirim and Alvarez will enjoy almost a similar reach. ‘Mr. Robot’ has 70” on his side, just a half cm less than Alvarez.
So, it won’t affect the outcome extensively. Nevertheless, Alvarez would remain the favorite, and Yildirim would have to shatter the odds to stage himself as the new champion.
Prediction:- Canelo Alvarez knocks out Avni Yildirim (8th round)
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