Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is back, little over two months since his last successful outing.
Mexico's Alvarez added another weight class to his impressive resume of world championships when he dethroned WBA (Super) and The Ring super-middleweight champion Callum Smith just before Christmas in a contest that was also for the vacant WBC 168lb belt.
And Canelo is planning a busy 2021 as he bids to become undisputed super-middle champion. However first he must get past the mandatory challenge of Turkey's Yildirim.
The defending champion is the heavy favourite for the fight, but must be wary of a potential banana skin if he does not give Yildirim his full, undivided attention. An upset loss would scupper his entire unification quest, and likely lead to him being overtaken in the pound-for-pound power rankings of the major media outlets.
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.
Canelo vs. Yildirim TV channel, live stream
- US.: DAZN/PPV
- UK.: DAZN
In the United Kingdom, the United States, and everywhere else in the world except for Mexico, Canelo vs. Yildirim will be available to all DAZN subscribers — and you can sign up here.
Fight fans in the US can instead order the fight on pay-per-view, if they wish, for a fee of $49.99. However watching via a DAZN subscription means that for just $19.99 for a one-month subscription (or $8.33 per month if you purchase a one-year subscription for $99.99), not only will you save money but you'll get access to five other live boxing cards in February plus a whole lot more.
Gift cards for DAZN
Fans can purchase DAZN gift cards in-person or online, allowing for even more convenience and increased options for sports lovers in the United States. No credit cards are necessary, either.
Whether it's for the sports fan in your life — or if you're looking to subscribe for yourself — DAZN gift cards make it easier than ever to watch live sports at home or on the go.
DAZN gift cards are available at the following physical locations across the USA:
- Smart & Final
- Office Depot
- Giant Eagle
DAZN gift cards can also be bought online through the following retailers:
- Samsung Pay (in-app purchase)
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