It has been little over two months since Canelo last fought, outclassing Britain’s Callum Smith in a brutal points decision victory. The Mexican has his sights set on becoming undisputed champion at 168lbs, with fights targeted against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders and IBF champion Caleb Plant later this year.
First, Canelo will have to come through Yildirim unscathed as expected, though, entering the tune-up bout as an overwhelming favourite. Yildirim has never fought an opponent even close to Canelo’s quality, with his most high-profile defeat coming against Britain’s Chris Eubank Jr in the World Boxing Super Series, when he was knocked out in gruesome fashion.
Yildirim’s manager Ahmet Oner said: “He isn’t here for money. He is here for honour. He wants to be a superstar so I told him: ‘Then you must knock out a superstar’. You will see a real fight. He isn’t coming to survive 12 rounds. No. He’s coming to win. Mission impossible? No. He has bad intentions.”
Here is everything you need to know:
When is it and what time are ring walks?
The bout will take place on Saturday 27 February in Miami, Florida, meaning the ring walks are expected at around 4am on Sunday for UK viewers.
How can I watch the fight online and on TV?
In the U.K. and Ireland, Canelo vs Yildirim will air on DAZN. You can therefore catch a live stream of the card and main event through the DAZN app, which will come at an initial price point for a monthly subscription at £1.99. In Ireland, it’s €1.99.
US fight fans can order the fight on pay-per-view for $49.99, or subscribe at $19.99 for one month (or $8.33 per month if you purchase a one-year subscription for $99.99). The fight will not be available through DAZN in Mexico, where TV Azteca will carry the fight.
The app can allow fans to stream the fight through iPhone, iPad, Android phones, tablets, Amazon Fire tablet, Playstation 4 or Playstation 5, Xbox One or Xbox One X, in addition to the Amazon Firestick, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV and Sony Smart TV.
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What are the odds?
Canelo - 1/50. Knockout: 1/20. Points: 8/1
Yildirim - 12/1. Knockout: 16/1. Point: 25/1
Who is fighting on the undercard?
Zhang Zhilea vs Jerry Forrest (Heavyweight)
Diego Pacheco vs Rodolfo Gomez Jr (Super Middleweight)
Marc Castro vs Raul Corona (Super Featherweight)
Aaron Aponte vs Harry Gigliotti (Super Lightweight)
Keyshawn Davis vs Lester Brown (Super Lightweight)
Alexis Espino vs Ashton Sykes (Super Middleweight)