P4P cloaked reigning Super-Middleweight Champion of the World 🇲🇽Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (54-1-2, 36KO) stated for the record that he wanted to fight 5 fights in the year 2021. Certainly not ALL 5 fights will be of the major variety, though he does have his far-sight set on a couple of Unification matches down the line. His first fight of 2021 will be him taking up his WBC obligations by facing Turkish mandatory #1 challenger 🇹🇷Avni Yildirim (21-2-0, 12KO) on Saturday, February 27th at the Hardrock Stadium, in Miami, Florida.
Avni Yildirim’s previous fight was a strange one, that bout being against 🇺🇸Anthony Dirrell, which was shrouded with a boatload of fouls, with an odd ending, and some controversy behind the Technical Decision that went Dirrell’s way to pick up the WBC World Title. Dirrell would eventually lose his Title to 🇺🇸David Benavidez. As for Yildirim, how did he become the mandatory challenger following that? It feels like a WBC gaffe, once again showing questionable practices…but that is a WBC problem, not necessarily Canelo’s.
As for Alvarez, he became the man of the 168 lb. division in December when he outclassed, and broken down its former Champion 🇬🇧Callum Smith through 12 rounds in a lopsided affair. As long as Canelo can get his mandatory out the way, it sets up a clear path for what is likely next for May, that being a showdown with reigning WBO Titlist 🇬🇧Billy Joe Saunders. Canelo, working as a free agent now, signed up for 2 fights to be fought on DAZN, which has become a familiar place for the Canelo brand, and that is where the fight can be viewed.