Saul “Canelo” Alvarez holds the WBA (Super), WBC and Ring magazine titles.
On Saturday, Feb. 27, he’ll put two of them on the line against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. The fight will air on DAZN.
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) heads into the fight against the Turkish pugilist a heavy favorite and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The Mexican, a formidable body-puncher and counterpunch artist, is nine weeks removed from dealing Callum Smith his first career defeat, and already has multiple fights lined up for the next few months.
Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs), who has lost his two biggest bouts so far to Chris Eubank Jr. and Anthony Dirrell, has designs on foiling Canelo’s big 2021 plans. The massive underdog’s chance to take down a champion has mesmerized his homeland.
“[Yildirim] says he will shock the world, but for him to even get to this point, he has already shocked the world,” Yildirim’s promoter, Ahmet Oner, said at a Feb. 11 press conference. “Because on the other side, it’s Canelo Alvarez. It’s like facing Ronaldo or Messi in soccer. For a Turkish boxer to appear on a stage like this, understand that he is talented. In Turkish sports, we have never been able to get to a position like this.”
Here’s everything you need to know for Saturday’s bout:
What time is Canelo vs. Yildirim?
The fight card begins Saturday, Feb. 27th at 8 p.m. ET, with the main event beginning at approximately 11 p.m.
You can watch it all on DAZN.
Where is the the fight taking place?
The bout will go on at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Is there any history between Canelo and Yildirim?
The pair have not fought before, and it may not have ever been of interest to Alvarez. The Mexican champ was ordered to fight Yildirim as a “mandatory challenger” in August of 2019, months after Yildirim’s most recent fight, a Feb. 2019 loss to Dirrell.
How can I watch Canelo-Yildirim?
DAZN will have all the action, with a $19.99 monthly fee or a one-year subscription costing $99.99. That includes Canelo-Yildirim and other live boxing cards.
A pay-per-view option is available through most cable providers for $49.99, with several offering a redemption code that gives access to DAZN through April 30, 2021.
Who’s favored to win the fight?
Alvarez (-5000) is the favorite to defeat Yildirim (+1200), with a draw coming in at +3300, per BetMGM.
What is the full fight card?
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim, 12 rounds, for Alvarez’s WBC and WBA super middleweight title
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
Are tickets available for the fight?
As of Friday, Ticketmaster had tickets for the fight starting at $75 per, going up to $6,000 a ticket. The stadium expects to host 15,000 fans.
What comes next for Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildirim?
A very ambitious 2021 schedule will see Alvarez take on Billy Joe Saunders on Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. Yildirim has yet to set his next opponent.