Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim Live: The main card for Canelo vs Yildirim is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET. Canelo and Yildirim will do battle over the WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles in South Beach. Here’s what you need to know about the Saturday night fight.
Yildirim vs Canelo Live: The fight will be available to view live for DAZN subscribers on either the DAZN website or app, or can be purchased via traditional pay-per-view methods. Unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez makes his 2021 debut on Saturday when he defends his WBA (Super) and WBC championships against Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, live on DAZN in over 200 countries (excluding Mexico).
Alvarez competed six days before Christmas, beating Callum Smith via unanimous decision to win the WBA and WBC belts. The 30-year-old wants to be active in 2021 after only fighting one time in 2020. Yildirim is the WBC mandatory challenger, and Alvarez wants to get out of the way so he can have a clear path to become the undisputed champion at 168 pounds.
“Avni Yildirim is a good boxer, and I know we will put on an exciting fight,” Canelo said in a press release. “I’m very glad that we are able to bring this event to Miami, a short distance from where my hero, Muhammad Ali, trained. February 27 will be a great night for the sport.”
Yildirim returns to action for the first time since losing to Anthony Dirrell via technical decision in a vacant WBC super middleweight fight. Dirrell suffered a cut due to an accidental headbutt in the tenth round, and the bout was stopped. It went to the judges, and Dirrell came out the winner on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
“I am honored as a mandatory to fight again for the big green belt – thank you to everyone who is involved,” Yildirim said. “I always give my all – and everybody should be ready to see a war. I am coming to make my country proud – I am representing the whole of Turkey.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim fight date, start time
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27
Coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET
Main Event approx. 10 p.m. ET
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim fight card
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim for Alvarez’s WBC/WBA Super Middleweight titles
McWilliams Arroyo vs. Abraham Rodriguez for the interim WBC flyweight title
Zhang Zhilei vs. Jerry Forrest; Heavyweight
Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr.; Super Middleweight
Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes; Super Middleweight
Keyshawn Davis vs. Lester Brown; Junior Lightweight
Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti; Junior Welterweight
Marc Castro vs. John Moraga; Junior Lightweight