Pound-for-pound star Canelo kicks off what he hopes will be a very busy 2021 on DAZN.
Fresh off claiming world championship gold at super middleweight, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez must get past Avni Yildirim if he is to unify the entire division before the year is over.
The Mexican star has been linked with fights against fellow champions at 168lbs, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant. Both are undefeated and could oppose Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend and the week of Mexican Independence Day, respectively.
However, Alvarez must first emerge from a 12-rounder with his mandatory challenger completely unscathed. The defending WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring titlist is the heavy favourite for the encounter but anything as minor as a facial cut or a muscle strain could put a quick return for Cinco in jeopardy.
Here's everything you need to know about Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim.
CANELO VS. YILDIRIM FIGHT DATE, START TIME
- Date : Saturday, February 27
- Time : 1 a.m. GMT/8 p.m. EST
- Main event (approx): 4 a.m. GMT/11 p.m. EST
The Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim fight card takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27 and kicks off at 20:00 local time on the US East coast, or 1am Sunday morning in the UK on Greenwich Mean Time. Main event ringwalks, as always, depend on how long the undercard runs, but the ballpark estimate is around 11pm EST/4am GMT.
WHERE IS THE CANELO VS. YILDIRIM FIGHT?
The event will be staged at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The venue will be fully compliant with the latest COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.
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)
CANELO VS. YILDIRIM CARD IN FULL
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yilidirim, 12 rounds, for Alvarez's WBC and WBA super middleweight titles
- Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo, 12 rounds, for Martinez's WBC flyweight title
- Zhilei Zhang vs. Jerry Forrest, 10 rounds at heavyweight
- Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr., 8 rounds at super middleweight
- Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes, 6 rounds at super middleweight
- Alexis Eduardo Molina vs. TBA, 6 rounds at featherweight
- Marc Castro vs. Lester Brown, 4 rounds at junior lightweight
- Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti, 4 rounds at junior welterweight
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Lester Brown, 4 rounds at lightweight