Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim Boxing Odds, Props & Schedule: Canelo Remains a Massive Favorite to Win by Knockout Saturday
CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images. Pictured: Turkish professional boxer Avni Yildirim (R) and Mexican professional boxer Canelo Alvarez (L).
Alvarez vs. Yildirim Betting Odds
|Win by Decision||+800||+3300|
|Fight Goes the Distance?||Yes (+700)||No (-1600)|
Alvarez vs. Yildirim Props
|Winning Group of Rounds||Alvarez||Yildirim|
|Winning Group of Rounds (Alt.)||Alvarez||Yildirim|
|To Win Fight in Round||Alvarez||Yildirim|
The top pound-for-pound fighter in the world and unified Super Middleweight champion, Canelo Alvarez, will return to action Saturday to defend his WBC and WBA world titles against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. The fight takes place Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and will be a pretty quick turnaround for the champ — just 70 days — who last fought Callum Smith in December.
Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO) has never been one to pass up a fight, so long as he likes the terms. And while this mandatory against the much lesser know Yildirim (21-2, 12 KO) seems random, it is reportedly a bridge to a much bigger fight between Alvarez WBO Super Middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Yildirim is the naturally taller man between the two (+3.5-inch advantage), but Alvarez has been consistently beating fighters with a height advantage over him since moving up to 168 pounds. Yildirim is also coming off a loss in his last fight, which makes him an interesting choice for a mandatory challenger against Alvarez.
Oddsmakers see this as a huge mismatch regardless, listing Canelo as a -5000 favorite to win outright and BetMGM hasn't even listed win by KO props for either fighter. With the odds on this fight going the distance set at -1600 for "No" and +700 for "Yes" it's clear that the books expect Alvarez to be celebrating a win on South Beach pretty early.
For his career, Golovkin has modest knockout rate — he has posted an 63.1% KO percentage through 57 career fights — but he has proven that he has the power to finish fighters since moving up from middleweight.