Unfair Advantage?: Trainer Reveals Avni Yildirim Could Not Have a Proper Training Camp for Canelo Alvarez

Published 02/22/2021, 11:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The P4P king, Canelo Alvarez, will return to action this weekend and will face Avni Yildirim with his WBC and WBA super-middleweight titles at stake. Still fresh from his win over Callum Smith in December, Saul will enter the ring as an absolute favorite, while Yildirim would remain the underdog.

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That said, ‘Mr. Robot’ couldn’t get access to a full training camp before the biggest fight of his career. Although he appears optimistic about landing an upset, the lack of a full training camp might put a dent in his plans.

Yildirim’s trainer Joel Diaz connected with Fight Hub TV to talk about their ongoing developments and shed light on their scheduled camp. Moreover, Diaz pointed out how he utilized his experience in adjusting Yildirim’s fighting style.

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Referring to a full camp, Joel Diaz said, “Look proper, proper? No, I can tell you that we had to speed up the process. Because as Avni (Yildirim) says, I wish I would have had 7-8 weeks with you. I mean he as training back in Germany since December.”

He added, “Since December, he started training but like he says, I was training, I was running, I was training but I wasn’t with you. With me, he has only had 4 weeks. That’s why I had to use my experience as a trainer to improvise and make adjustments with certain amount of rounds.”

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Apart from the word titles, there’s more on the line for both the pugilists. If he bags a win, Yildirim can join Floyd Mayweather as the only pugilists to outpoint Canelo. Furthermore, he can replace Alvarez from the current 168 lbs title picture. So, he will look to fight the best fight of his career in the ring at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

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According to reports, Canelo Alvarez will re-enter the ring in May to face the unbeaten WBO super middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders. But, he will have to overcome Avni Yildirim to bag the fight. While most fans envision Alvarez as the clear winner, the reverse can happen at any moment.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Billy Joe Saunders defeats Willie Munroe Jr for the WBO World Middleweight Title fight at Copper Box Arena on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Leigh Dawney/Getty Images)

The Turkish boxer can shatter all the plans for a 168 lbs title unification by bringing himself into the picture. If he defeats Alvarez, he will grab two super middleweight world titles. Thus, the upcoming fight will decide the future of the division, and the future of both the contenders.

Do you think Avni Yildirim can vanquish Canelo Alvarez despite not having had a full training camp?

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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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