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Yildirim is another Rocky Fielding level mismatch for Canelo to win another easy title at 168. In 2018, Canelo captured the WBA’ regular’ super-middleweight title in beating Fielding, who was viewed as a paper champion by a lot of fans.
In other words, Fielding was seen as the weakest, most vulnerable of the champions in the division. Canelo’s decision to choose Fielding led to a storm of criticism from people.
Will DAZN approve Yildirim as Canelo’s opponent?
The World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman reported the news of the WBC’s vote on Tuesday, picking the superstar Canelo (53-1-2, 36 KOs) to fight #1 WBC ‘Mr. Robot’ Yildirim (21-2, 21 KOs) for the vacant WBC title that was recently stripped from champion David Benavidez last Friday.
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It remains to be seen whether DAZN will approve the 28-year-old Yildirim as an opponent for Canelo. They’re paying the Golden Boy Promotions star Alvarez many million per fights to bring in new subscribers, and the only way he can do that is to face opposition that U.S boxing fans want to see.
DAZN won’t get much value in allowing Canelo to face Yildirim because there’s zero demand by American boxing fans for this fight, which is a total mismatch on paper.
Yildirim was blown out in three rounds by Chris Eubank Jr in 2017, and that was by far the best opponent he’s faced as a pro. The casual fans in the States have no idea who Yildirim is, and the hardcore fans likely aren’t impressed with what they’ve seen from him.
Canelo was supposed to be trying to set-up a fight against WBA Super World super middleweight champion Callum Smith (27-0, 19 KOs) for September 12th, but the two have been unable to negotiate a fight.
Yildirim, who comes from Turkey, isn’t popular in the United States, and he lost his last fight against past his prime 35-year-old Anthony Dirrell’s previous year in February.
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Mr. Robot coming off a loss to Dirrell
Usually, that loss would have resulted in Yildirim being pushed far down in the WBC’s rankings, but he appealed his loss to the sanctioning body. Yildirim’s complaint was based on Dirrell suffering a cut that led to the fight being halted in the 10th.
It then went to the scorecards, and Dirrell was given a 10th round technical decision victory. Yildirim had been rallying from the seventh round after Dirrell was cut, and he might have been able to pull out the win if the contest had gone the full 12 rounds.