Avni Yildirim will shock the world when he faces Canelo Alvarez if his trainer’s prediction becomes a reality.
On February 27, Yildirim will challenge Canelo for the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles. Yildirim is a sizable underdog for the fight but his team doesn’t appear to be lacking confidence. In fact, his trainer, Joel Diaz, believes a massive upset is brewing.
Here’s what Diaz told DAZN’s Chris Mannix ahead of fight night (via BoxingScene.com).
“One of the first things we’re going to do with Canelo is to get him out of his comfort zone. If he’s in his comfort zone, he’s in control. You cannot let him be in his comfort zone. You got to frustrate him mentally. Physically he’s a strong fighter, smart. That’s the reason why we cannot let him fight in his comfort zone, and we must always frustrate him from the beginning. Once he starts becoming frustrated, he loses his rhythm.”
Diaz went on to say that the role of the underdog is meaningless to Yildirim.
“They’re going to have a big surprise. Once Avni gets in the ring, Avni is going to be well known after the fight. Well-known among the fans around the world. He doesn’t care what anyone says in regards to him being an underdog. He’s going to shock people and the fans.”