Eddie Hearn Gives His Prediction for Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim: “He’s Going to Wear His Heart on His Sleeve”

Published 02/27/2021, 9:17 PM EST
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Promoter, Eddie Hearn speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


The pound-for-pound king of boxing, Canelo Alvarez, will defend his super-middleweight titles against Avni Yildirim tonight. This will be his first major title defense at this weight class and post this he has massive plans to compete for the undisputed title. But first, he has to get past the resilient Turkish pugilist, Avni Yildirim.

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Prior to the fight, Canelo’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, made a bold prediction for this fight.

Speaking to Fight Hub TV, he said:

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“I think you’re going to see a great performance from Yildirim. I don’t think he’s going to be good enough, but I think he’s going to wear his heart on his sleeve. I think he’s going to try and give it a great fight.”

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 04: Promoter, Eddie Hearn speaks to the media during the Clash On The Dunes Press Conference at the Diriyah Season Hospitality Lounge on December 04, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Despite Yildirim being the underdog, Hearn believes he’ll give it his best shot. However, he backed his newly signed star, Canelo, to win this fight with a knockout.

He said, “I believe he’ll knock him out in the middle stages of the fight.” To add a number, Hearn said the fight might end by round 7.

Canelo is a sure-shot favorite in this fight. Not only Hearn, but a major chunk of boxing fans wish to see him get his hand raised tonight. Because post this fight, Alvarez will challenge the other champions in the division to cement his spot and become the first undisputed Mexican super middleweight champion.

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Can Canelo Alvarez put on a clinic tonight?

A veteran of the sport, Canelo has observed massive success in his decorated boxing run and has held gold in every division he has stepped in. Now, at 30, Saul Alvarez is pushing himself to attain a career first, and the first step to that goal will be to put on a clinic against Yildirim.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez prepares for his bout with Callum Smith before 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

Although the Mexican is a favorite in this fight, he won’t look to underestimate the 29-year-old in this clash. If Alvarez claims a win tonight, he will add another feather to his cap. Moreover, he’ll signify his super-middleweight run by silencing his critics.

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It’ll be interesting to see if he adopts the aggressive or the defensive approach against ‘Mr. Robot’.

What do you derive from Hearn’s comments? A knockout or a 12-round rally? How do you see this fight going?

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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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