The World Boxing Council has scheduled a purse bid between Saul Alvarez and Avni Yildirim to take place on September 21.
WBC ordered the pair to fight for the vacant super-middleweight belt. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced the news just days after Canelo filed a lawsuit against Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN.
Reportedly Alvarez himself asked the WBC to fight the Turk for the vacant belt. The Mexican is a “Franchise Champion” which grants him the right to fight anyone he wants to.
Yildirim (21-2) has been contractually owed a shot at the belt since his February 2019 title bout with Anthony Dirrell ended due to a headbutt; repeated attempts to book him against David Benavidez fell through, in one instance due to a failed drug test on the Turk’s part.