Event : Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27
Time: 7 p.m. ET (main card),
Main event: 10:30 p.m. ET (estimate
Canelo Alvarez is staying busy with his second fight in just over two months Saturday night.Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) is in a quick turnaround for this fight, last fighting — and defeating — Callum Smith in a super middleweight clash this past December. The win bout was Canelo’s first in over a year, following his 12-round unanimous decision win over Sergey Kovalev in November 2019.
While the future in Canelo fights isn’t immediately apparent, Alvarez’s sights are set on Turkish fighter Avni Yildirim in Miami, Fla. this weekend. Yildirim has just two losses in his boxing career, but hasn’t fought since a technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell in February 2019.
Canelo and Yildirim will do battle over the WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles in South Beach. Here’s what you need to know about the Saturday night fight .
CANELO ALVAREZ RECORD AND BIO
- Nationality: Mexican
- Born: 18 July 1990
- Height: 5’9″
- Reach: 70 1/2″
- Total fights: 57
- Record: 54-1-2 (36 KOs)
AVNI YILDIRIM RECORD AND BIO
- Nationality: Turkish
- Born: 5 August 1991
- Height: 5’11 1/2″
- Reach: 70″
- Total fights: 23
- Record: 21-2 (12 KOs)
Main Card (, 7:00 pm ET)
- Canelo Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO) vs Avni Yildirim (21-2, 12 KO), super middleweights, 12 rounds, for Canelo’s WBC and WBA titles
- McWilliams Arroyo (20-4, 15 KO) vs Abraham Rodriguez (27-2, 13 KO), flyweights, 12 rounds, for vacant interim WBC title
- Zhilei Zhang (22-0, 17 KO) vs Jerry Forrest (26-4, 20 KO), heavyweights, 10 rounds
- Diego Pacheco (10-0, 8 KO) vs Rodolfo Gomez Jr (14-4-1, 10 KO), super middleweights, 8 rounds
- Marc Castro (1-0, 1 KO) vs John Moraga (1-2, 1 KO), junior lightweights, 4 rounds
Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim: full card for Saturday’s fight
Alongside the mouth-watering main event, there’s also a strong supporting card that features a WBC World Flyweight title clash between the exciting Julio Cesar Martinez and challenger McWilliams Arroyo.
There’s also a heavyweight contest to look forward to, pitting Zhang Zhilei against Jerry Forrest, who returns to the ring for the first time since testing positive for a banned substance in the aftermath of his defeat to Carlos Takam last July.
Canelo vs Yildirim undercard
Julio Cesar Martinez vs McWilliams Arroyo (WBC Flyweight Title)
Zhang Zhilei vs Jerry Forrest (Heavyweight)
Diego Pacheco vs Rodolfo Gomez Jr. (Super Middleweight)
Alexis Espino vs Ashton Sykes (Super Middleweight)
Marc Castro vs Lester Brown (Junior Lightweight)
Aaron Aponte vs Harry Gigliotti (Junior Welterweight)
Alexis Molina vs TBA (Featherweight)