Canelo Alvarez hopes to show Miami into one other dwelling for his blockbuster battle nights as he prepares to defend his WBC, WBA Tremendous and Ring Journal World Tremendous-Middleweight titles in opposition to necessary challenger Avni Yildirim on Saturday evening (February 27) on the Laborious Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, reside worldwide on DAZN and on TV Azteca in Mexico.
The pound for pound king (54-1-2 36 KOs) is swiftly again in motion after dominating Callum Smith in San Antonio, Texas in December to land the titles he defends in opposition to Yildirim (21-2 12 KOs) this weekend.
The Mexican star should see off the problem of the Turk if he’s to construct in the direction of turning into the primary undisputed champion at 168lbs, however the battle additionally sees the 30 12 months outdated 4 weight World ruler battle in Florida for the primary time as a World champion.
Canelo’s solely battle within the Sunshine State was in December 2008 the place he put Raul Pinzon to the sword inside a spherical in his twenty fourth professional battle, and he hopes that Saturday evening’s blockbuster occasion might be the primary of many in Miami.
“I really feel very motivated to be in Miami and have this battle,” stated Canelo. “And to placed on an important present for the folks there as a result of I don’t simply characterize Mexico, I characterize all Latinos.
“I like all the pieces about Miami and I’m very pleased to be right here, it’s an honor to battle at Laborious Rock Stadium. I really feel very excited, very pleased, it’s much more motivation for me. To open one other door with the intention to have one other dwelling for my fights. I actually really feel very pleased.
“They solely allow us to put 15,000 folks in due to the pandemic, however with that we’re effective. Final time in San Antonio it was round 12,000 and the stadium sounded prefer it was full. Let’s hope that normalcy will arrive quickly, and the stadium might be crammed, however with 15,000 I really feel excellent, and if there have been 1,000 it might be the identical, the assist of the folks is unbelievable, and I really feel very grateful.
“You do really feel the vibe of the followers when they’re yelling and that motivates you far more, however you must get into your head that ultimately you’re the just one up within the ring. I all the time put together one hundred pc.”