Canelo Alvarez not sweating details of mandatory

Avni Yildirim has as much company combating Canelo Alvarez, the very best fighter on the planet, as the Pirates’ Bob Nutting has actually being called Big league Baseball owner of the year.

It’s not a lot that Alvarez is combating Yildirim that is galling. That isn’t bad at all, due to the fact that while Yildirim is no Andre Ward, he’s likewise no Rocky Fielding, either. He’s not a bad fighter. It’s the reality that he’s the necessary which Alvarez should combat him or run the risk of losing his belt that is difficult.

Alvarez, who holds the WBA and WBC incredibly middleweight belts, has actually been frequently combating leading competitors and nobody in their best mind would reject him what certifies as a little breather. And so on Saturday in Miami (7 p.m. ET, DAZN), Alvarez will deal with Yildirim for the WBA-WBC titles.

The concern, obviously, is how Yildirim, who hasn’t combated in 2 years and is coming off of a loss, handled to hang onto the necessary status as long as he has. If Alvarez had actually declined to combat him for no other factor than it will be such a one-sided battle, he’d be removed of his WBC belt.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman stated a little empathy and the pandemic produced the uncommon scenario. And it’s important to keep in mind that Yildirim stepped aside to enable Alvarez to combat Callum Smith in a unification bout in 2015 with the understanding that the winner would resist him next.

Alvarez, who is a -5000 preferred at BetMGM, will likely make brief work of Yildirim, and the WBC, and the world, will carry on. Alvarez has actually currently accepted combat unbeaten WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders in May, and has actually stated he wishes to combat Caleb Plant later on in the year.

Alvarez is among the most infamously focused fighters on the planet, and it’s unusual that he has another battle lined up when he still has a defense to make.

“I’ve always had these situations where people are asking and looking ahead to other fights,” Alvarez informed Yahoo Sports. “I stay focused on the short-term goal of unifying, but I’m 100 percent focused. That’s how I handle it, by only focusing on the upcoming fight.”

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22: Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yidirim take part in media availability prior to their WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine World Super-Middleweight title fight at Hard Rock Stadium on February 22, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yidirim participate in media accessibility prior to their incredibly middleweight title battle at Acid rock Arena on Feb. 22, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Picture by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Alvarez has actually had his ups and downs with Sulaiman for many years, however he wasn’t ready to slam the WBC or its president for keeping Yildirim as its necessary for so long.

And while promoters have a right to slam absurd mandatories — there hasn’t been a more insanely bad necessary opposition than the IBF passed off upon the world when it made merged incredibly light-weight champ Josh Taylor combat Apinun Khongsong in September — Alvarez noted it’s simply his job to combat.

So rather of wading into a battle that doesn’t include him, Alvarez will deal with Yildirim, make a good-looking payday and go on to the substantial bouts that the fans wish to see.

“I’m not the type of person to opine on that,” he stated. “What I do is I get in the ring and do my job. I do what I have to do, do what I’m supposed to do because of how all of this is organized. I just adapt to the challenges and take it and perform my job.”

However it wouldn’t be an Alvarez battle if there weren’t an appearance down the roadway. For many years, it had to do with whether he’d combat Gennadiy Golovkin. Now, it’s whether we’ll ever see him once again at light heavyweight if he combines the incredibly middleweight belts.

He won a light heavyweight belt in 2019 when he stopped Sergey Kovalev.

He stated his fitness instructor, the renowned Eddy Reynoso, didn’t believe he was huge enough to combat long-term at 175. However Alvarez stated that when he was aiming to get a light heavyweight belt, his group connected to present WBC/IBF champ Artur Beterbiev about a battle.

Beterbiev denied that on Twitter, but while it’s a big hurdle and a significant challenge, that’s the kind of thing that has defined Alvarez’s career.

He is the true definition of a guy who fights all comers.

“I’m a guy who is a much smaller fighter and I come from much lower [weight],” Alvarez stated. “That’s more advantage for those fighters who are at [175 pounds]. But there was somebody that we had in mind, somebody who we did consider. We couldn’t complete that fight because he had another fight about to happen.”

That was Beterbiev, who fought Oleksandr Gvodzyk in a unification bout a month before Alvarez fought Kovalev. But the fact that he allowed his group to pursue a bout with someone like Beterbiev, even if it didn’t work out, says much about the fighter that resides inside of Alvarez.

And if you’re looking for someone to blame this week for the main event being Alvarez against Yildirim, remember that.

This is a guy who is the very meaning of a fighter.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.