Update On Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim
Canelo Alvarez has a lot on his plate but there is an update on a potential clash with Avni Yildirim.
Alvarez vs. Yildirim was requested and later approved by the WBC. The organization is in search of a new Super-Middleweight Champion as the title is currently vacant. David Benavidez was stripped of the gold after failing to make weight for his bout with Roamer Alexis Angulo.
In an update sent to Sky Sports, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said the following about the status of Canelo vs. Yildirim.
“The WBC ordered Canelo versus Yildirim for the vacant title. The purse bid is scheduled for September 21.”
Canelo hasn’t competed since November 2, 2019. He knocked out Sergey Kovalev to capture the WBO Light-Heavyweight Title. He ended up vacating the gold in favor of moving back down in weight.
As for Yildirim, he was last seen competing for the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title back on February 23, 2019. He dropped a technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell after Dirrell suffered a cut from an accidental clash of heads.
Canelo’s return to the boxing ring is currently up in the air. He has filed a lawsuit against sports streaming service DAZN, Golden Boy Promotions, and Oscar De La Hoya.
Yildirim’s promoter, Ahmet Oner, is hopeful that his fighter can get the big fight with Canelo.
“We are waiting, I don’t know what happens. The plans are made by the WBC. We are the mandatory challenger. Whatever the WBC decides, we have to follow the rules. We are happy with our position that we are the mandatory challenger, and if it’s Canelo, it’s great. If it’s a different opponent, then we will see. We’ll go from there, but right now, I don’t know who is fighting us for the vacant title. Canelo is a big chance for us, so I let things go smooth. Let him resolve his issues if it’s possible.