After a couple of busy weekends of boxing at Wembley with back to back Matchroom cards, we are going global this week with previews for tWO fights from two different countries. The biggest one being Canelo Alvarez defending his WBC & WBA super middleweight titles against Turk Avni Yildrim in Miami in the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time).
Boxing Preview, Odds & Predictions for This Weekend's Bouts - 27/02/21
Boxing Preview for 27th February Bouts
Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim
The best pound for pound fighter on the planet defends his WBC and WBA super middleweight world titles this weekend as Canelo Alvarez takes on Turkey's Avni Yildrim in Miami.
Now a four-weight world champion, Canelo has claimed 54 wins and 36 stoppages from his 57 fights to date, with his only loss coming against arguably the greatest ever in Floyd Mayweather back in 2013 when he was just 23. He picked up the WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight titles in a dominant points defeat of the unbeaten Brit Callum Smith in his last fight and despite holding two world titles and this will be just his third fight at the 168lbs limit.
Yildrim meanwhile is yet to box at anywhere near the level that Canelo has. After winning his first 16 fights, he was comprehensively beaten by Chris Eubank Jnr when being stopped in the third round and then despite bouncing back with five back-to-back wins, he suffered a technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell at the back end of 2019.
In all honesty, this is a complete and utter mismatch. Yildrim has no right to be fighting for two world titles and it's merely being seen as a warm-up fight for Canelo ahead of a highly anticipated unification clash with long term rival Billy Joe Saunders later on this year.
Expect Canelo to start patiently. He'll take a round or two to download Yildrim's data, but once he's sussed him out - which usually doesn't take long - he'll go through the gears and get him out of there.
Prediction: Canelo Alvarez to win between rounds 4-6 - Best priced 9/5 at Paddy Power
Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim Prediction
CANELO TO WIN IN ROUNDS 4-6 @ 7/4
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