Alvarez takes on Yildirim with super middleweight domination in mind

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a frustrating preferred as he defends the very first time this year Saturday versus Turkey’s Avni Yildirim with Alvarez’s WBC and WBA very middleweight titles on the line.

The Mexican star, who boasts a record of 54-1-2 with 36 knockouts, will be making his 2nd look as a totally free representative given that severing ties with Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Young boy promos in November.

On December 19 he subdued Britain’s formerly unbeaten Callum Smith to catch 2 very middleweight belts by consentaneous choice.

Although a unification bout with WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders is on his radar, Alvarez should initially deal with Yildirim, who is the WBC’s necessary opposition despite the fact that he hasn’t combated in 2 years.

In February 2019 Yildirim lost on a questionable technical choice to Anthony Dirrell in a defend the uninhabited WBC title.

That ended a streak of 5 straight wins for the Turk, who owns a record of 21-2 with 12 knockouts.

Alvarez stated he will not be taking the opposition gently when they go into the ring at Miami’s Acid rock Arena, house of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins with 15,000 viewers in participation.

“I respect the challenger that’s in front of me right now,” Alvarez stated “I know he’s a strong fighter. I know he has a lot of tools.”

If the battle goes Alvarez’s method, who has actually held titles in 4 weight classes, will be on the roadway towards achieving among the couple of things he has actually never ever done — holding all 4 world titles in a department.

The course begins with Yildirim, with Saunders and IBF world champ Caleb Plant then on the horizon.

“We’re going to take these fights fight-by-fight, and hopefully I can fight four times this year,” Alvarez stated. “Right now, this fight is the only one that exists for me, and I’m focused on what I have to do, my job for Saturday.”

This will be Alvarez’s 2nd battle in Miami. He beat Raul Pinzon by first-round knockout at the Miccosukee Indian Video Gaming Resort in 2008.

Yildirim believes he can spring an upset, regardless of a year in which “the pandemic affected everything.”

“We were patient and we were preparing,” he stated. “We did camps in the United States and Germany. I never gave up.

“Saturday is a huge night for me and for my nation — it’s a huge possibility for me, a huge possibility for my nation.

“He’s a big champion, everyone knows that (but) I’m ready for the big chance. It’s my time.”


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.