Chris Eubank Jr. Challenges Canelo Alvarez to Knock Out Avni Yildirim in Round 1

Published 02/27/2021, 8:26 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Chris Eubank Jr. and Canelo Alvarez have shared a long-lasting rivalry. Fans and followers of the sport have always wanted the two to get in the ring. However, for now, their battle remains outside the ring. And ahead of his title defense against Yildirim, Eubank Jr. continued this feud. 

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The former super-middleweight champion, Eubank Jr. put a challenge to Canelo Alvarez ahead of his fight against Avni Yildirim. 

Chris Eubank Jr celebrates victory over Renold Quinlan with his father Chris Eubank Snr after the IBO World super middleweight title bout at Olympia London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Britisher criticized his decision to fight the Turk and put his P4P status on the line. He tweeted, “How/why is Canelo fighting a guy I knocked out in 3 rounds, 3 years ago. I guess if he’s really the P4P like people claim he’ll stop him in the 1st round tonight. Let’s see.”

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Therefore, with this comment, he questioned Alvarez’s choice of opponent and also challenged the Mexican.

Eubank Jr. fought Yildirim as part of the World Boxing Super Series back in 2017. The talented Brit made light work of the Turk and finished him in the third round with a vicious TKO. Thus, he has now asked Canelo Alvarez to better that.

READ: Can Avni Yildirim Upset Canelo Alvarez?

Is Chris Eubank Jr. right in criticizing Canelo Alvarez?

Eubank Jr. is not the only fighter to question the Mexican’s choice of opponent. Alvarez has come under criticism for fighting the low-profile Turk among several others. So, is ‘Next Gen’ justified in questioning the champion?

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The answer is obviously no, as Alvarez is fighting Yildirim because the Turk is his mandatory. If he declined this fight, he would have had to vacate the WBC super-middleweight belt. Moreover, the Mexican superstar took this fight on short notice to make bigger fights later in the year.

Therefore, Alvarez does not have to answer anyone regarding his choice of opponent. In addition, the champion has also shown his frustration at the criticism thrown his way. Now, he will look respond to everyone questioning his choice of opponent in the most professional way.

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What do you make of the challenge from Chris Eubank Jr.? Do you think Canelo Alvarez can beat Avni Yildirim in one round and silence his critics?

READ: Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim- Fight Analysis and Prediction

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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