Last Saturday night, Canelo destroyed the Turkish boxer, who talked a lot of smack!
Canelo’s next fight is 5 de Mayo weekend with Billy Joe Sounders. See 2 videos below.
Vicious upper cuts and body blows by Canelo stopped the Turk from continuing to the 4th round. Done!
Also, Colombian super-star J. BALVIN [photo top] performed right before the fight.
See video from Saturday night!
See video announcing 5 de Mayo weekend fight:
Unified super-middleweight king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (54-1-2) returns to the ring after just 10 weeks out to face WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-2). Canelo won the WBA Super and vacant WBC belts with a UD win over Callum Smith.
See full card below and videos below!
When: Feb. 27, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
How to watch: DAZN app.
Time: 4 p.m. Main event (approx): 7 p.m.
While it is refreshing to see Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) back in the ring so soon after his recent demolition of Callum Smith in December, it’s understandable to wonder why Alvarez is taking a much smaller bout with Yildirim instead of trying to unify the 168-pound division against the fellow titlists Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant.
The simple answer in this case is that in order to hold onto his WBC super middleweight title, he has to take on a mandatory No. 1 contender for that organization.
Alvarez is risking those unification opportunities and major money-making fights by facing Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs), who’s coming off a technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell two years ago. Will it work out for him?
Photo of Avni Yildirim.
He earned a spot as the WBC No. 1 super middleweight contender and will fight Canelo Alvarez for the title.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yilidirim, 12 rounds, for Alvarez’s WBC and WBA super middleweight titles
Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo, 12 rounds, for Martinez’s WBC flyweight title
Zhilei Zhang vs. Jerry Forrest, 10 rounds at heavyweight
Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 8 rounds at super middleweight
Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes, 6 rounds at super middleweight
Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. TBA, 6 rounds at featherweight
Marc Castro vs. Lester Brown, 4 rounds at junior lightweight
Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti, 4 rounds at junior welterweight
Keyshawn Davis vs. Lester Brown, 4 rounds at lightweight.
Canelo will also fight on 2021 Cinco de Mayo weekend:
Alvarez is on track to fight again on May 8, the weekend following Cinco De Mayo, against WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
That bout is not official yet, but it is expected, with IBF champion Caleb Plant as a secondary option.
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) has plans to unify the super middleweight division, with Saunders and Plant as the two other belt holders in the division.