There is a massive boxing event this weekend, as the fighter that many see as the pound-for-pound best in the world returns to the ring to defend his super middleweight titles against Turkish challenger Avni Yildirim.


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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez   Avni Yildirim
30 Age 29
Mexican Nationality Turkish
54-1-2 Record 21-2
5 ft 9 in Height 5 ft 11 in
70 ½ in Reach 70 in
·      Four weight world champion

·      Ranked as world’s best super middleweight by The Ring, ESPN & BoxRec

·      Reigning WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring super middleweight champion

Notable Achievements ·      Bronze medal in 2013 Mediterranean Games

·      Challenged for IBO super middleweight title in 217

·      Challenged for WBC super middleweight title in 2019


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Vs Avni Yildirim Preview


When the pound-for-pound fighter in the world steps into the ring, the eyes of the globe are typically on him. That will be the case this weekend, as Canelo looks for a 55th career win. A victory will also set up a massive super middleweight contest up for later in the year, as there is every expectancy that a date for a fight with Billy Joe Saunders will be agreed should the Mexican pick up the expected victory in this bout.


There is no denying that bigger fights lay ahead for the reigning WBA, WBC and The Ring champion, but shock results over recent weeks in boxing means that he can’t look past his first challenge. Alvarez isn’t a champion that takes his opponents lightly though, and has proven throughout his career that he can perform under any circumstance and against any opponent, no matter how big or small the challenge is perceived to be.


It is a treat for boxing fans to see the Mexican back in action once again, as he was only in the ring just over two months ago. On that occasion, he delivered a masterclass against Callum Smith, as he defended his titles with a unanimous decision victory. It was a controlled performance in Texas by the Mexican as he dictated the pace throughout that contest.


Yildirim is a challenger that will be unknown to many boxing fans, as he has very rarely fought against big stars. This will be the 24th fight of his career, and he has won on 21 of those occasions. However, he remains the massive outsider in the BetXChange odds, and a win for the Turk would be up there with the biggest shocks that we have ever seen in the sport. Yildirim comes into this fight having lost by technical decision last time out against Anthony Dirrell, and this could be another difficult night for the Turkish boxer.


Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Vs Avni Yildirim Prediction


Yildirim does come into this fight as a relatively unknown competitor, but make no mistake about it, Canelo would have been studying the Turk at length. The preparation that the Mexican puts into his fights is one of the biggest advantages that he has. Canelo will get the win this weekend, and it will make for compelling viewing.


Pick: Canelo Alvarez at 0.01 with BetXChange.


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