Is There An Update On Canelo Alvarez’s Next Fight?

While he may not be competing on September 12, an opponent for Canelo Alvarez may have finally been found.

The World Boxing Council officially announced that they have ordered a fight between Canelo and Avni Yildirim for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight TItle. In a statement, the following was released:

“The WBC Board of Governors has voted 36-1 to order Alvarez, the multi division world champion who holds The WBC Franchise designation to fight against The WBC’s mandatory contender of the division, Avni YildiriM.”

The title became vacant last weekend when David Benavidez missed weight for his mandatory defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo. This was the second time Benavidez was stripped of the title following him testing positive for cocaine a few years ago. He ended up winning it back when he beat Anthony Dirrell back in September.

Dirrell beat Yildirim for the vacant title in February 2019. Yildirim (33-2-1), who is 6-2 in his last eight fights, was meant to face the winner of Benavidez-Angulo. The former champion won the title in 2014 and lost it the next year to Badou Jack. He was supposed to face the winner of Dirrell v. Benavidez before a drug test uncovered an adverse finding for methylclostebol. It was later uncovered that he was exposed during a muscular therapy session in Germany, allowing him to retain his claim.

As far as Canelo (53-1-2) is concerned, he last fought in November, beating Sergey Kovalev for the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. He has also won gold in the middleweight, welterweight, and light-middleweight divisions. A “front-runner” to face him was Callum Smith.

It is unknown when the two would fight. Stay tuned as more details should be released by the WBC.

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