Unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez makes his 2021 debut on Saturday when he defends his WBA (Super) and WBC championships against Anvi 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.”
Can boxing’s biggest star make a successful return, or does Yildirim pull off the upset?
Here is everything you need to know about Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim.
Canelo Alvarez will defend his newly earned WBC and WBA 168 lbs titles against Avni Yildirim on February 27 before a live crowd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Florida. The fight card has already grabbed a lot of attention with Alvarez’s return to the ring in a span of just over two months. However, there’s much more to add on.
Renowned ring announcer, Michael Buffer, will be joining the tide as he recently opened up on it via social media. As per Buffer’s tweet, he will be a part of the event and undoubtedly will voice te entire card for the night. There’s no denying that Michael Buffer’s inception will only intensify the tale for the right causes.
Kicking off his career as a boxing ring announcer in 1982, Buffer has been a part of several iconic fights in the sport’s history. He has worked alongside several legends and continues to embrace the sport with his activeness.
Aged 76, Buffer’s presence will elevate the start of what is shaping up to be Alvarez’s first stop on his road to becoming undisputed at 168 pounds.
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Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim- What’s in store for the fans?
Alvarez will clearly be the favorite against Yildirim. However, the Turkish can shatter his upcoming plans by landing an upset. Following the Feb 27 bout, Alvarez is also scheduled to face Billy Joe Saunders for a 168 lbs title unification fight in May.
If ‘Canelo’ loses the upcoming fight, it will turn Yildirim into the new WBA and WBC champion, citing him as a liable contender at the super middleweight title picture. It will also put a dent in the proposed fight between Alvarez and Saunders.
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So, there’s a lot is in store for the fans and the super middleweight division. Apart from the stellar main-event, the undercard looks equally promising and would seemingly thrill the fight fans. Here’s a look at the card.
Fresh off claiming world championship gold at super middleweight, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez must get past Avni Yildirim if he is to unify the entire division before the year is over.
The Mexican star has been linked with fights against fellow champions at 168lbs, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant. Both are undefeated and could oppose Canelo on Cinco de Mayo weekend and the week of Mexican Independence Day, respectively.
However, Alvarez must first emerge from a 12-rounder with his mandatory challenger completely unscathed. The defending WBA (Super), WBC and The Ring titlist is the heavy favourite for the encounter but anything as minor as a facial cut or a muscle strain could put a quick return for Cinco in jeopardy.
Here’s everything you need to know about Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim.
The Feb. 27 card will stream live on DAZN in over 200 countries across the globe. You can sign up for a subscription here for just $19.99 for one month (or $8.33 per month if you purchase a one-year subscription for $99.99).
Fight fans in the US can instead order the fight on pay-per-view, if they wish, for a fee of $49.99. However not only will you save money with DAZN but you’ll get access to five other live boxing cards in February plus a whole lot more.
Canelo vs. Yildirim live stream: How to watch on DAZN
The Canelo vs. Yildirim fight is available on DAZN in the United States and Canada, as well as globally (excluding Mexico, where the fight is on TV Azteca.)
How much does Canelo vs. Yildirim on DAZN cost?
A subscription to DAZN allows you to access the Canelo vs. Yildirim fight.
In the United States, a monthly subscription is $19.99, and an annual subscription is $99.99.
In Canada, a monthly subscription is $20 CAD, and an annual subscription is $150 CAD. (There is also a 30-day free trial in Canada.)
The subscription provides access to every live event and all the on-demand programming on the streaming service. To learn more about how to sign up for DAZN, and pricing in your region, visit DAZN.com.
Also for the Canelo-Yildirim fight, subscribers of major cable providers (full list below) can pay $49.99 to watch via their cable box on TV and receive a gift code for a four-month DAZN subscription as part of the cost. That’s a discount from the standard four-month cost of DAZN (at $19.99 a month).
How do I stream Canelo vs. Smith on DAZN?
Here is a list of devices where DAZN is available, including web browsers on DAZN.com:
|Mobile Devices||TV & Streaming Devices||Game Consoles|
|iPhone, iPad||Amazon Fire TV||Playstation 4, Pro|
|Android phones, tablets||Amazon Fire TV Stick||Playstation 5|
|Amazon Fire tablet||Android TV||XBox One X|
|..||Apple TV||XBox One X|S|
|..||Google Chromecast||XBox One, One S|
|..||LG Smart TV, Smartcast||XBox Series X|
|..||Panasonic Smart TV||..|
|..||Samsung Smart TV||..|
|..||Sony Smart TV||..|
How do I watch Canelo vs. Smith on cable?
Many major cable providers are offering the fight at a PPV price of $49.99, which also includes a gift code for a four-month DAZN subscription. The providers include:
- Altice (Optimum)
- Altice (Sudden Link)
- Atlantic Broadband
- Aureon (Iowa Network Services)
- Blue Ridge
- Buckeye Broadband
- Charter (Spectrum)
- Clarity Telecom/Vast Broadband
- Comcast (Xfinity)
- Grande Communications
- Great Lakes DSB
- Midwest Video Solutions
- Rodeo Networks
- Service Electric Cable TV
- Service Electric Cablevision
- TDS Baja Broadband
- Verizon FiOS
- Wave Broadband
- Wide Open West (WOW)
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
The Canelo-Yildirim main card begins at 7 p.m. ET. Canelo and Yildirim expected to make their ring walks about 10 p.m. ET, although the time depends on the length of the earlier fights.
Canelo Alvarez record and bio
- Nationality: Mexican
- Born: July 18, 1990
- Height: 5-8
- Reach: 70.5 inches
- Total fights: 57
- Record: 54-1-2 with 36 knockouts
Avni Yildirim record and bio
- Nationality: Turkish
- Born: August 5, 1991
- Height: 5-11½
- Reach: 70 inches
- Total fights: 23
- Record: 21-2 with 12 knockouts
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim fight card
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim for Alvarez’s WBC/WBA Super Middleweight titles
- Julio Cesar Martinez vs. McWilliams Arroyo for Martinez’s WBC flyweight title
- Zhang Zhilei vs. Jerry Forrest; Heavyweight
- Diego Pacheco vs. Rodolfo Gomez Jr.; Super Middleweight
- Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes; Super Middleweight
- Marc Castro vs. Lester Brown; Junior Lightweight
- Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti; Junior Welterweight
- Alexis Molina vs. TBA; Featherweight