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Who won Dirrell vs Yildirim?
Anthony Dirrell beat Avni Yildirim by technical decision in their 10 round contest on Saturday 23rd February 2019 at Minneapolis Armory in Minnesota.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Anthony Dirrell.
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 WBC super middleweight championship of the world.
Dirrell vs Yildirim stats
Anthony Dirrell stepped into the ring with a record of 32 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, 24 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Avni Yildirim made his way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Dirrell had advantage in power over Yildirim, with a 75% knock out percentage over Yildirim's 57%.
Anthony Dirrell was the older man by 7 years, at 37 years old.
Dirrell had a height advantage of 3 inches over Yildirim. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Both Anthony Dirrell & Avni Yildirim fought out of an orthodox stance.
Dirrell was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2005, 9 years and 1 month earlier than Yildirim, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 26 more professional rounds, 171 to Yildirim's 145.
Anthony Dirrell went into the fight ranked number 1 by the WBC at super middleweight.
Avni Yildirim was ranked number 2 by the WBC in the 168lb division.
Dirrell vs Yildirim form
Dirrell had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to David Benavidez on 28th September 2019 by knockout in the 9th round in their WBC World Super Middleweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Avni Yildirim on 23rd February 2019 by technical decision in their WBC World Super Middleweight championship fight at Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota.
Going into that contest, he had beat Abraham Han on 28th April 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Don Haskins Convention Center, Texas.
Before that, he had defeated Denis Douglin on 17th November 2017 by technical decision in their 6 round contest at Dort Federal Event Center, Michigan, Afghanistan.
He had won against Norbert Nemesapati on 13th January 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, United States.
Yildirim had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Lolenga Mock on 15th September 2018 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Chris Eubank Jr on 7th October 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Marco Antonio Periban on 13th May 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Teatro Palcco, Jalisco, Mexico.
Before that, he had beat Aliaksandr Sushchyts on 18th February 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy.
Hehad won against Schiller Hyppolite on 5th November 2016 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Ballhaus Forum, Munich, Germany.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Anthony Dirrell had been fighting more than Avni Yildirim.
Going to this contest, Anthony Dirrell had last fought 2 years and 26 days ago, while Avni Yildirim's last outing had been 3 years, 1 month and 9 days ago.
Dirrell's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 9 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
Yildirim's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 11 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
What time did Dirrell vs Yildirim start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Minneapolis Armory, Minnesota, United States, which was around 4:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Dirrell vs Yildirim?
Anthony Dirrell was a 7/50 (-714) favourite going into the contest, while Avni Yildirim made his way into the ring at 9/2 (+450) with oddsmakers.