Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim has a new location.
The Athletic reports that Canelo will put his WBA (Super) WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles on the line against Yildirim inside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. The bout was initially set to take place in Mexico but COVID-19 restrictions put a damper on that plan. The title fight is still scheduled for February 27.
Here’s what Canelo’s manager and trainer, Eddy Reynoso, told ESPN about Alvarez’s preparation.
“Canelo is in the gym, and he has been working and training, waiting for the date. And to take advantage of the preparation we had for most of last year without fighting.”
Reynoso followed up by complimenting Yildirim as a credible threat.
“Yildirim is a strong fighter. He is a fighter who has earned his place in boxing to get to where he is as the No. 1 challenger in the world. He had a fight against Anthony Dirrell, which seemed to me they took away from him, and gave it to Dirrell due to a cut. It was a world title fight, and [even with a loss], he became an official challenger. He is a guy who has worked honestly to be there, and he is dangerous, strong, has a good punch and very reliable.”
Canelo is coming off a decisive unanimous decision victory over Callum Smith to capture three super-middleweight titles. Canelo became the first man to hand Smith a pro boxing loss. It was Canelo’s first fight since his November 2, 2019 WBO Light-Heavyweight Title win over Sergey Kovalev.
Yildirim’s last outing took place back in February 2019. He suffered a technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell, falling short in his bid to become the WBC Super-Middleweight Champion.
Alvarez has reached a new deal with Matchroom Boxing for the bout with Yildirim. It’s expected to air live on DAZN globally, with the exception of Mexico.