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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
Back in February 2019, 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 35 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 39 more professional rounds, 184 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 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 Abraham Han on 28th April 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Don Haskins Convention Center, Texas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Denis Douglin on 17th November 2017 by technical decision in their 6 round contest at Dort Federal Event Center, Michigan, Afghanistan.
Going into that contest, he had beat Norbert Nemesapati on 13th January 2017 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Hialeah, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Caleb Truax on 29th April 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City.
He had won against Marco Antonio Rubio on 6th September 2015 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at American Bank Center, Corpus Christi.
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.
He had 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, Avni Yildirim had been fighting more than Anthony Dirrell.
Going to this contest, Anthony Dirrell had last fought 9 months and 26 days ago, while Avni Yildirim's last outing had been 5 months and 8 days ago.
Dirrell's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 33 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.6 rounds on average.
Yildirim's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 3 months and 18 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 17 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 (-710) favourite going into the contest, while Avni Yildirim made his way into the ring at 9/2 (+450) with oddsmakers.