Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildirim are in Miami and gearing up for Saturday night’s fight, which will stream live on DAZN.
The two did a photo session at Hard Rock Stadium, where the bout will take place, and got personalized Miami Dolphins jerseys. No confirmation as to whether or not the jersey numbers represent their rankings in the super middleweight division.
Yildirim (21-2, 12 KO) is the WBC mandatory challenger, and Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO) will be defending both his WBC and WBA super middleweight titles in the fight, which comes just two months after Canelo’s win over Callum Smith.
The 30-year-old Alvarez has said he wants to fight four times this year, and already has a tentative May 8 date lined up to unify against WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders. From there, should he beat Yildirim and Saunders, he’s expected to target the IBF belt, currently held by Caleb Plant, as the Mexican superstar looks to go undisputed at 168.
So we’re shaping up for a really eventful in-ring year for Canelo this year, if all goes according to his plan. That’s nice, because he only got to fight the once in 2020, losing most of the year not just to COVID but to his legal battles against Golden Boy Promotions in particular.