Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make a quick return and defend the WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles against Avni Yildirim on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Alvarez is returning to action just two months after dominating Callum Smith in a unanimous decision victory that earned him the super middleweight titles. Yildirim is relatively unknown but is recognized as the No. 1 contender by the WBC. He doesn’t pose nearly the threat that Smith did, and the oddsmakers have recognized this. William Hill Sportsbook has Alvarez as a significant favorite and almost a near-lock to retain his titles.
Considering that Alvarez hasn’t lost a fight since dropping a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather more than seven years ago, it’s no surprise that he’s the favorite in this bout. As for Yildirim, the Turkish fighter does sport a 21-2 record and he lost a spirited technical decision to Anthony Dirrell in 2019, but his knockout loss to Chris Eubank Jr. sticks out like a sore thumb.
Canelo aims to put his mandatory title defense to rest and move on to a potential unification bout against WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders in May.
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Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim live updates, highlights
7:30 p.m.: Up next is another young rising talent as Diego Pacheco looks to remain undefeated against Rodolfo Gomez Jr. Pacheco’s height advantage will be nullified here as both are towering at 6’4″ and share a similar reach. They have both promised short nights. But who will be on the canvas?
7:24 p.m.: We’re live in Miami and it didn’t take long for hot prospect Marc Castro to make his presence felt. Facing former UFC flyweight title challenger John Moraga, Castro made sure there would be no Clay Collard kind of rise from the former MMA fighter as he dropped his opponent three times in two rounds to get the stoppage. Castro dropped Morago with the first jab he threw and it was all downhill from there. A combination dropped Moraga again in the second round and finished him off with a short uppercut. Castro improves to 2-0 and it’s obvious that he’s going to be challenging for a world title in the next 24 months.
How to watch Canelo vs. Yildirim
- Live stream: DAZN
- PPV price: $19.99/month or $99.99/year
The Canelo vs. Yildirim fight will stream live globally on DAZN to more than 200 countries and territories, including the U.S. and Canada.
Those interested in watching the fight can find DAZN on a number of different systems, including, but not limited to, Amazon Fire TV/stick, Android, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iPhone and iPad, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Roku. The DAZN app is also available on LG, Samsung and Vizio smart TVs, Xfinity X1 and Flex.
Viewers can also find it on DAZN.com using browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
Canelo vs. Yildirim fight card
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim for Alvarez’s WBC/WBA super middleweight titles
- McWilliams Arroyo vs. Abraham Rodriguez for interim WBC flyweight title
- Zhang Zhilei vs. Jerry Forrest; heavyweights
- Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr.; super middleweights
- Marc Castro def. John Moraga via 2nd round TKO (2:29)
- Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti; junior welterweights
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Lester Brown; junior welterweights
- Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes; super middleweights