Unified super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez makes his 2021 debut on Saturday when he defends his WBA (Super) and WBC championships against Avni 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 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. Yildirim on DAZN?
Here is a list of devices where DAZN is available, including web browsers on DAZN.com :
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How do I watch Canelo vs. Yildirim 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 DAZN subscription through April 30, 2021 in the U.S. (Canadian users will get one month of DAZN access from date of gift code activation). 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