According to many lists, currently the best "pound-for-pound" boxer in the world, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, will enter the ring on February 27 and will defend the WBC and WBA titles of super middleweight champion.
It will be the second match for the Mexican since breaking off with Golden Boy Promotions and returning to the ring just over two months after the dominant win against Callum Smith. In the aforementioned match against Smith, Alvarez defended his WBA title and took the vacant WBC title, and now he is immediately awaited by the WBC’s challenger, 29-year-old Avni Yildirim.
Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) is a boxer whom the general public met in 2017, as a participant in the first season of the World Boxing Super Series tournament. But he did not make a name for himself there, as he was eliminated by Chris Eubank Jr.
in the first round with a break in the third round. After that match, he piled up five wins and got a chance to fight in for the WBC belt. He played that match in February 2019 but was defeated by a technical decision after ten rounds by Anthony Dirrell, who was unable to finish the match due to a cut.
Dirrell then lost his belt to David Benavidez, who failed a doping test shortly afterward and was stripped of it. That’s how he got to Canel, and it’s interesting how Yildirim remained a challenger despite not having played a single match in the past two years.
Turkish boxer is outsider
The Turkish boxer will enter the match as a big outsider, which is actually caused by several facts. The first is the aforementioned two-year break, and the second is the fact that so far he has not defeated any famous boxer.
However, he will not miss the opportunity to oppose Caneland to earn a decent living. In addition, boxers are people of the mental structure that they are always convinced of their victory and no one can take that away from Avnia.
As long as they are in the ring across from each other, the chance is his. However, the fact that the team behind Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) does not really believe in the possibility of defeating their boxer is proven by their actions.
They are already working on Canel's next match, the one that has been talked about for some time. Being Mexican, it means a lot to Alvarez to perform at the "Cinco de Mayo" holiday, the first weekend in May. As he missed it last year, he has no intention of repeating it this year.
Information says that the official confirmation of the match against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunder (30-0, 14 KO) is getting closer. It would already be a top match and a serious test for the popular Mexican, but also an opportunity to add a third title.
Information says the match should be confirmed soon, which would mean three matches for Canel in just six months apart. An extremely large number for a single world champion, as it has somehow become common for such to fight twice a year.