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Avni Yildirim Coach Talks Canelo Alvarez Matchup on February 27th

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Avni Yildirim coach Joel Diaz recently spoke to Matchroom Boxing ahead of the Canelo Alvarez fight on February 27th. The WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine World Super-Middleweight titles will be on the at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The show will be streamed live worldwide on DAZN (except Mexico) with tickets on general sale now via Ticketmaster.

We received the following quotes directly from Matchroom Boxing:

“Avni Yildirim may be an underdog but he doesn’t care what anybody says” Joel Diaz told Matchroom. “He’s fighting for his country and he’s going to shock the world. He’s a completely different fighter from when he fought Dirrell and Chris Eubank Jr. I said to him, you are a physically stronger guy than Dirrell but you had no defense. That’s why they called him ‘Mr Robot’, but there’s no robot in him now, I can tell you.”

Joel Diaz on Avni Yildirim

“I made a complete transformation because I dedicated time to him.” Diaz continued. “The COVID situation helped him in a way because there was nothing to do, there were no fights, so just to keep him busy we would go to the gym and work on technique and making him a better fighter.”

Yildirim’s clash with Canelo is part of a huge night of action in Miami, as JulioCesar Martinez (17-1 13 KOs) defends his WBC World Flyweight title against mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo (20-4 15 KOs).

Chinese Heavyweight star Zhilei Zhang (22-0 17 KOs) makes a quick return to action over ten rounds against Jerry Forrest (26-4 20 KOs), and a host of young talents get the chance to shine on the card in the form of Diego Pacheco. (10-0 8 KOs), Alexis Espino (6-0 4 KOs), Marc Castro (1-0 1 KO) and Aaron Aponte (1-0 1 KO).

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