Canelo Alvarez: I Am ‘Superior’ To Avni Yildrim But I Don’t Underestimate Anyone
Canelo Alvarez feels he’s levels above Avni Yildirim but he isn’t about to overlook the challenger.
On February 27, Canelo will put his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles on the line against Yildirim. The title fight will be held inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. It’s a relatively quick turnaround for Canelo, who recently captured the gold in December.
Canelo is a massive betting favorite at -5000 according to Bovada. While Canelo knows this is widely considered to be a stepping stone for a showdown with Billy Joe Saunders, the Mexican star is on his toes. Speaking to George Ebro, Canelo says overlooking opposition is something he simply doesn’t do (via BoxingScene.com).
“None of that [is happening], I do feel superior and I am superior to Yildirim. But I’m training like it’s my biggest fight and I’m not underestimating him at all. I know this is boxing and one punch can change everything. It’s not in me to underestimate anyone.”
In his last outing, Canelo went one-on-one with Callum Smith. It was Canelo’s first bout in over a year and the same could be said for Smith. In the end, it was Canelo who emerged victorious with a one-sided unanimous decision win.
Yildirim hasn’t seen action since February 2019. He suffered a split technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell. It was Yildirim’s first attempt at capturing the WBC Super-Middleweight Title.
Canelo vs. Yildirim will be airing live on DAZN. It is the first bout of Canelo’s two-fight Matchroom Boxing deal. Canelo’s showdown with Smith was also under Matchroom but it wasn’t part of the new agreement.