Boxing Star Canelo Alvarez returned to the ring during the weekend with a one sided unanimous decision victory over former super middleweight champion Callum Smith and carted away with the WBC and WBA 168 pound titles after the fight.
Having ended a 13 month layoff, Canelo Alvarez is said to be planning to take on the WBC 168 pound Mandatory Avni Yildirim in February according to information given by the WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
According to the WBC President, Canelo had contacted the body immediately after receiving the News the David Benavidez was stripped of the WBC title and had promised to make a mandatory defence early next year.
“When David Benavidez did not make weight [and was stripped of his title in August], Canelo Alvarez immediately contacted the WBC. He wanted to win the WBC super middleweight title,” said Sulaimán. “He wants to defend against the mandatory contender in Avni Yildirim at the beginning of the year. We’ll be in communication with him soon.”
Canelo Alvarez is presently sent to embark on a very busy 2021 as fighting Yildirim in February will also cause an encroachment on his yearly appearance during the Cinco de Mayo weekend in April. He will have to get a deal done in 90 days to make that appearance.
Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) has been away from the ring since his 10 round technical decision loss to Anthony Dirrell, back in February 2019. Dirrell lost the belt to David Benavidez in his next fight, who then got stripped of the title after missing weight prior to his one-sided knockout victory over Alexis Angulo. Canelo Alvarez, who presently holds the status of a franchise champion at Middleweight came in, picking up the WBC strap with a decision over Callum Smith.
Alvarez has made clear, he wants to fight exclusively at super middleweight and that will call for an evaluation of his status as a franchise champion at 160 pounds.
However, there is a big question mark on Yildirim, who tested positive twice to banned substances in 2019. His credibility and CV to face Boxing’s biggest star could come to question as two fights before his fight with Anthony Dirrell, he shared the ring with Jose Antonio Rodriguez Silvencia (3-31-3).
However, the WBC President defended the WBC mandatory, : “I think that Yildirim is much better than people think,” said Sulaimán. “In the situation of Canelo, he had all of the rights, and he accepted in an exemplary manner to step aside and allow Canelo to fight Smith.”