Canelo will defend his WBC, WBA super middleweight titles against the Turkish challenger on February 27 at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium. While it is refreshing to see Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) back in the ring only 2 months after his demolition of Callum Smith in December, it's understandable to wonder why Alvarez is taking a much smaller bout with Yildirim instead of trying to unify the 168-pound division against fellow titlists Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant. The simple answer in this case is that in order to hold on to his WBC super middleweight title, he has to take on a mandatory No. 1 contender for that organization. Alvarez is risking those unification opportunities and major money-making fights by facing Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs), who's coming off a technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell two years ago. Will it work out for him? For anyone who's watched Yildirim fight against Chris Eubank Jr., you witnessed him getting smoked. If you watched him against Dirrell. The Dirrell fight was an exciting, wild fight and it ended prematurely, but he lost. That's his most recent fight, and it was two years ago. Now he's going to step up against Canelo and do better than that? Most spectators and pundits alike view this bout as nothing more than a tune-up for Canelo. THE STATS: Alvarez steps into the ring with a record of 54 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws, 36 by way of knock out. Yildirim has a record of 21 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out. Canelo (67%) has a slight advantage in power over Yildirim (57%) . Alvarez is older by 1 year. Yildirim has a height advantage of 2 inches over Canelo. Both fighters have equal reach. Both fight out of an orthodox stance. Canelo is the more experienced professional fighter; -34 more fights -Pro almost 9 years longer (2005 to Yildirim 2014). He has fought almost 3 times as many round (414 to Yildirim's 132. Avni Yildirim is currently ranked number 9 by the WBA and 2 by the WBC in the 168lb division. THE HARD FACTS: In terms of recent activity, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been fighting more than Avni Yildirim. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last fought approximately months ago, while Avni Yildirim's last outing will 2 days shy of 2 years ago. Canelo's last 5 fights have come over a period of roughly 2.5 years. He's been fighting on average every 6 months He's fought a total of 50 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 10 rounds on average. Yildirim's last 5 fights have come over a period of 4 years. He fights on average every 9.5 months. START TIME: The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Hard Rock Stadium, Florida, United States, which is around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK. HOW TO WATCH: The DAZN show is expected to begin at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST. The DAZN Global (UK) broadcast of the card is expected to start at 12:00 AM (GTM). HOW TO STREAM: In the US you can stream Canelo vs Yildirim via the DAZN app and platform. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, your Smart TV and many others. Note: You save over 60% if you pay for a full year of DAZN. 1 month of DAZN is $19.99, while 1 year costs $99.99. In the UK you can stream Canelo vs Yildirim via the DAZN global app and platform in the UK & most countries in the world. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, your Smart TV and many others. 1 month costs £1.99. THE ODDS: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is currently 1/50 (-4999) to win the bout outright, while Yildirim's odds are 14/1 (+1400)

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