Saúl Álvarez will start his path towards the unification of titles.
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As expected, Saul Alvarez confirmed this Thursday the news that it was an open secret: his next rival will be the Turkish Avni Yildirim and the combat already has a date and venue.
“This next February 27 at @hardrockstadium in Miami, FL I will be exhibiting all my titles WBC official challenger Avni Yildrim. I hope I have your full support! ”The WBC and WBA champion in the super middleweight category posted on Instagram.
On Wednesday afternoon The Athletic was ahead of the information, but today it is a fact: “Canelo” Álvarez will put his belts on the line against the official challenger of the Council, who has not fought for two years, when he fell in February 2019 against Anthony Dirrel.
Sources tell @TheAthletic Canelo Alvarez has agreed to a deal with Matchroom Boxing for a Feb. 27 super middleweight title defense vs. Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The event will be streamed globally on DAZN (except in Mexico)
– Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) January 20, 2021
This serious the first step for the Aztec boxer to fulfill his dream of finishing the year as a unified champion, owning the four main crowns of this sport, since if he defeats Yildirim, he could fight in May against Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO champion and, if you defeat him, a few months later I could look for the fourth sash, against Caleb Plant, IBF champion.