Canelo Alvarez to fight Avni Yildirim in February

Canelo Alvarez. Photo by Harry Pluviose/mediapunch/REX/Shutterstock

Canelo Alvarez, one of the biggest names in the boxing world at the moment, is getting ready for a speedy return to the ring. According to ESPN, Alvarez is set to fight challenger Avni Yildirim next month in Miami.

The fight will take place on February 27th, with Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium being selected as the venue.

Alvarez vs. Yildirim should be made official in the next couple of days, although Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso recently confirmed that his protégé is already working hard.

“Canelo is in the gym, and he has been working and training, waiting for the date,” said Reynoso. “And to take advantage of the preparation we had for most of last year without fighting.”

Canelo Alvarez had his last fight in late December when he defeated Callum Smith to take the WBA, WBC, and the Ring magazine super-middleweight titles. He is now expected to pursue IBF and WBO belts but needs to go past Yildirim first as he’s WBC’s mandatory challenger.

After his win over Smith, Alvarez was named the world’s best active boxer in pound-for-pound rankings. He currently sits at a career record of 54 wins, two draws, and one loss.

Avni Yildirim, on the other hand, currently owns a 21-2 record. He had his last fight in early 2019 when he lost to Anthony Dirrell after a split technical decision.