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Scholas Occurentes, a non-religious foundation of Pope Francis in association with the WBC, has designated the Canelo-Yildirim as a “Fight for Peace” in tribute to inclusion and continuous efforts to build bridges and promote peace in the world.  Canelo is an observant Christian, while Avni is a devout Muslim.
Frank Warren has announced that #1 ranked WBO super middleweight Zach Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) has signed to fight under the Queensberry Promotions banner and be showcased live on the BT Sport platform. He next will fight on a March 26th show at the Copperbox Arena.
Canelo and Avni Yildirim did a photo op together earlier today at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Canelo is currently a 62:1 favorite to defeat his mandatory WBC challenger.

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  • Yep, Canelo should be the favorite based off the experience levels on each fighter’s background. Once Canelo gets in the groove, he will walk Yildirim down, counter him, and take him out of his game plan.

    • Terrible fight yildirim hasn’t fought in two years, lost his last fight and was knocked out by Eubanks jr in 3 rounds

    • No doubt about Canelo being the favorite. Would love to see Yildirim make a great fight out of this, but the end result will be him making snow angels on the canvas.

  • How is Avni Yildirim a mandatory WBC challenger? It’s a joke. 21-2-12ko’s the man just came off a loss to Anthony Dirrell. Yildirim hasn’t fought anyone or beaten anyone worth mentioning. Canelo will walk him down and knock him out. This ain’t a real challenge. Yildirim don’t have the power or experience to stand toe to toe against Canelo.

    • I like the spin too. Its a fight for money. No matter what color or religion, men will come together for the Green.
      In this case, they fight for team Canelo getting another big payday. Doubt this fight end any beefs.

  • Won’t be shocked if Yildirim gives Canelo a good challenge…. even if he gets stopped at some point.
    Better to go out on his shield than just do enough to survive……….

  • 62:1 odds? Not much love or belief on Yildirim, hum? I think he is more than happy with his paycheck, and most likely doesn’t care nor even if the odds were 1000:1.

  • 62:1… For fights like these they should have like a Golf handicap has… i.e. Canelo needs to outland Yildirim at some predetermined ratio. Not really of course, just would like to see some pressure to make the fight at least a bit competitive.

  • The last time I seen odds like this Tyson was fighting Douglas 42:1. Is 62:1 the greatest deficit ever?

  • As an agnostic fundamentalist, I too really like the fight for peace spin! Of all the hot fights in the Super Middleweight division, this is who Canelo chooses to fight? I guess the average pedestrian will buy the fight because the Canelo name is attached, but if you’re interested in a competitive boxing match, this ain’t it.

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