Canelo Alvarez puts his WBC and WBA super middleweight titles on the line against Anvi Yildirim in Miami this Saturday night (Early hours of Sunday morning for UK viewers. The fight can be viewed in the UK via the DAZN app here.
While this is hardly a match up that will catch the excitement of the masses – given the circumstances – you do have to give Canelo some credit for remaining active, he could have opted to sidestep this mandatory defence and look toward the other champions in the division, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant, which will no doubt follow as Canelo looks to conquer the super middleweight division.
However given Team Canelo has decided to take the fight whilst bigger fights await tells you all you need to know about the risks they feel Yildirim brings to the table, somewhere between zero and zero likely. The Turkish fighter has been inactive for two years, has been stopped inside three rounds by Chris Eubank Jr and has also lost a technical decision to a past his prime Anthony Dirrell.
Team Yildirim say there have been improvements in their fighter in training, and Yildirim will likely be game while the fight lasts, however a Canelo loss this weekend would rank as one of the biggest upsets in the sport, odds as high as 29/1 on Yildirim to win tells you all you need to know.
This should be a very comfortable night for Canelo, he is too defensively astute to be caught by anything silly, and I don’t feel like Yildirim is rugged enough to hang with the Mexican superstar for too long, I expect Canelo to have this fight done and dusted inside four rounds.
PREDICTION: CANELO KO-4