The global boxing fandom is looking forward to February 27th when WBC and WBA (Super) super middleweight champion of the world Canelo Álvarez defends his titles against Avni Yıldırım.
Going into the fight, fans and critics are already considering Canelo as the ultimate favorite, leaving Yıldırım as a major underdog, who is coming back to the ring after a two-year hiatus.
All that being said, the champion himself isn’t really bothered by the criticism he’s been enduring ahead of the title defense while shedding praise over his Turkish challenger.
Trainer Joel Diaz insists Avni Yıldırım “is going to be well known after the fight”
Meanwhile, Yıldırım’s trainer Joel Diaz believes the Turk will drop the ultimate upset at The Hard Rock Stadium in Miami this Saturday and spells out the methods Yıldırım must use to stomp the Mexican maestro.
“One of the first things we’re going to do with Canelo is to get him out of his comfort zone,” Diaz said in an interview with Chris Mannix on DAZN, “If he’s in his comfort zone, he’s in control. You cannot let him be in his comfort zone. You got to frustrate him mentally.
While addressing Canelo as a ‘strong’ as well as ‘smart’ boxer, Diaz insists Yıldırım needs to take his opponent out of his comfort zone.
“Physically he’s a strong fighter, smart. That’s the reason why we cannot let him fight in his comfort zone, and we must always frustrate him from the beginning,” the 48-year-old went on, “Once he starts becoming frustrated, he loses his rhythm.”
“Once Avni gets in the ring, Avni is going to be well known after the fight. Well known among the fans around the world. He doesn’t care what anyone says in regards to him being an underdog. He’s going to shock people and the fans,” Diaz, who formerly sparred as a lightweight and was a mandatory contender for the WBC belt, added.
Canelo, while touted to come out with a dominating win from the bout, is not taking Yıldırım lightly as well, and believes Diaz will leave no stone unturned so the result indeed turns out as shocking as he claims it will be.
“He’s a strong fighter. He’s fierce. He’s always there, pressuring. At any moment, he’s dangerous,” the titleholder told BoxingScene, “Joel Diaz is a great trainer. He surely is going to give Yildirim everything he has to beat me.”