The upcoming fight between Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildirim sets a lot of interesting questions. How will the size difference between the boxers influence the bout's outcome? Can Canelo avoid serious opponents' punches to be ready for May's fight against Billy Joe Saunders? Can Yildirim gain elite status against a top opponent? Login Casino reviews the latest sports news in boxing answering the highlighted questions by making a review of the Saturday fight.
Canelo Alvarez is one of the most famous boxers at the moment as he has gained titles in five different weight classes. His only loss is dated by September 14, 2013, when the Mexican lost a couple of light middleweight titles to unbeaten master Floyd Mayweather. Since that time, Canelo moved through three divisions, gaining belts in middleweight, super middleweight, and even light heavyweight divisions. Interestingly, Alvarez is still 30 years old but has 57 fights with a single loss and two draws, while 36 of 54 victories were received by knockouts.
On Saturday, February 27, he will be facing a much bigger opponent in the super middleweight division - the Turkish puncher Avni Yildirim. The latter has a more modest record of accomplishments, with only 23 fights and two losses in his 29. However, The Turkish athlete is taller and has better reach, which are vital elements in boxing.
What to expect from the fight?
While the size means a lot in boxing, the bigger athletes are usually slower. That is a perfect representation of this difference as Canelo is a flashy fighter who moves faster than his opponent does. Even though this element doesn't usually mean an advantage, the Mexican also has more experience cutting the distance and coming close to the opponent. Alvarez has a perfect counterattack style as holding hands close to the head allows hitting opponents any time.
It will be hard for Yildirim to keep the Mexican in the distance and avoid close skirmish. Still, Avni is good enough to hit opponents from both short and long distances, while his shots' power is scary. Nonetheless, having almost a similar age, Canelo is more experienced and seems to have thicker skin and better stamina.
Can Yildirim poison Canelo’s plans?
This last element gives a serious advantage for the Mexican, who is going to have another three fights in 2021 after the almost skipped 2020. Canelo was rather persuasive against a Callum Smith at the end of December and ready to enter the ring with another bigger opponent just in two months. Having the deal with Eddie Hearn, Alvarez wants another super middleweight bout in May against a WBO title-holder, Billy Joe Saunders.
Such a plan can significantly influence the bout scenario and its outcome. Canelo will definitely keep in mind the planned fight with Saunders, which can lead to two outcomes: a more careful style of fighting from Alvarez's side, or the Mexican can rush the opponent and show his power in the first few rounds to avoid injuries and exhausting show. Even though all the experts predict a pretty easy win for Canelo, it will be rather interesting to see what tactics he has chosen and how the fight will be developing.