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.
Canelo vs. Yildirim fight date, start time
- Date : Saturday, February 27
- Time : 1 a.m. GMT/8 p.m. EST
- Main event (approx): 4 a.m. GMT/11 p.m. EST
The Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim fight card takes place on Saturday, Feb. 27 and kicks off at 20:00 local time on the US East coast, or 1am Sunday morning in the UK on Greenwich Mean Time. Main event ringwalks, as always, depend on how long the undercard runs, but the ballpark estimate is around 11pm EST/4am GMT.
Can I watch Canelo vs. Yildirim on DAZN?
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 as little as just £1.99 per month, depending on your location. If you are in Argentina, Chile and Colombia you must download from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play store.
What devices are supported on DAZN?
DAZN is available on web browsers at DAZN.com (except Argentina, Chile and Colombia) and also has apps available for all of the following TV and streaming devices:
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Where is the Canelo vs. Yildirim fight?
The event will be staged at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The venue will be fully compliant with the latest COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.
Canelo Alvarez record and bio
- Nationality : Mexican
- Born : 18 July 1990
- Height : 5'9"
- Reach : 70 1/2"
- Total fights : 57
- Record : 54-1-2 (36 KOs)
Avni Yildirim record and bio
- Nationality : Turkish
- Born : 5 August 1991
- Height : 5'11 1/2"
- Reach : 70"
- Total fights : 23
- Record : 21-2 (12 KOs)
Canelo vs. 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