Belts on The Line
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Who won Canelo vs Yildirim?
Canelo Alvarez beat Avni Yildirim by technical knockout in the 3rd round on Saturday 27th February 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Florida.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Canelo Alvarez.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Super Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 168 pounds (12 stone or 76.2 KG).
This contest was for the unified super middleweight championship of the world, with the WBC, WBA & The Ring belts on the line.
Also, on the undercard Zhilei Zhang was victorious over Jerry Forrest and McWilliams Arroyo beat Abraham Rodriguez for the WBC Interim World Flyweight belt.
Canelo vs Yildirim stats
Back in February 2021, Canelo Alvarez stepped into the ring with a record of 54 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws, 36 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Avni Yildirim made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Canelo had a slight advantage in power over Yildirim, with a 67% knock out percentage over Yildirim's 57%.
Canelo Alvarez was the older man by 1 year, at 31 years old.
Yildirim had a height advantage of 2 inches over Canelo. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Both Canelo Alvarez & Avni Yildirim fought out of an orthodox stance.
Canelo was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 34 more fights, and made his debut in 2005, 8 years and 4 months earlier than Yildirim, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 339 more professional rounds, 484 to Yildirim's 145.
Avni Yildirim was ranked number 9 by the WBA and 2 by the WBC in the 168lb division.
Canelo vs Yildirim form
Canelo had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Callum Smith on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Super Middleweight and WBA Super World Super Middleweight championship fight at Alamodome, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Sergey Kovalev on 2nd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 11th round in their WBO World Light heavyweight championship fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Daniel Jacobs on 4th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Middleweight, WBA Super World Middleweight, WBC World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Rocky Fielding on 15th December 2018 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBA World Super Middleweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had won against Gennady Golovkin on 15th September 2018 by majority decision in their WBA Super World Middleweight, WBC World Middleweight and The Ring Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Yildirim had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Anthony Dirrell on 23rd February 2019 by technical decision in their WBC World Super Middleweight championship fight at Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Lolenga Mock on 15th September 2018 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Chris Eubank Jr on 7th October 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart.
Before that, he had beat Marco Antonio Periban on 13th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Teatro Palcco, Jalisco, Mexico.
He had won against Aliaksandr Sushchyts on 18th February 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Canelo Alvarez had been fighting more than Avni Yildirim.
Going to this contest, Canelo Alvarez had last fought 2 months and 8 days ago, while Avni Yildirim's last outing had been 2 years and 4 days ago.
Canelo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 50 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10 rounds on average.
Yildirim's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 38 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 7.6 rounds on average.
What time did Canelo vs Yildirim start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Hard Rock Stadium, Florida, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Canelo vs Yildirim?
Canelo Alvarez was a 1/50 (-5000) favourite going into the contest, while Avni Yildirim made his way into the ring at 14/1 (+1400) with oddsmakers.