Canelo Alvarez Signs Two-Fight Deal With Matchroom Boxing
Canelo Alvarez’s two-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing is official.
Canelo is set to put his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight gold on the line against Avni Yildirim on February 27. The bout will take place inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. This will be the first bout in Canelo’s two-fight deal with Matchroom.
During a press release, Eddie Hearn discussed the start of Canelo’s two-fight deal.
“It is an absolute honor to promote the pound-for-pound number one and I’m so excited to head to Miami and the home of the Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium,” said Hearn. “Even in a pandemic, Saúl is looking to be more active than ever and in his plan to be undisputed he must overcome his mandatory challengers to keep his belt. Yildirim is the first of those challenges who will be attempting to dethrone the king on February 27. We look forward to a huge night of boxing on DAZN and the start of a huge year for Canelo.”
Canelo has been free to sign short deals with any promoter after splitting from Golden Boy Promotions. In his first bout post-Golden Boy, Canelo fought Callum Smith under Matchroom Boxing. Canelo defeated Smith to become the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight titleholder.
Hearn is hoping to book Canelo against WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders in May if the Mexican star can get past Yildirim. If Canelo can handle business against Yildirim and gets the matchup with Saunders, he’ll be one step closer to unifying all of the 168-pound gold.