- Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez opened as a -5000 betting favorite, against Avni Yildirim who is a +1400 underdog.
- Canelo plans to fight twice more in 2021, with his second fight targeted for Cinco de Mayo weekend.
- Does Avni Yildirim have a chance against Canelo? We break down the odds.
The king of boxing Canelo Alvarez will return this Feb. 27 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, to fight mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. We review the opening odds for Canelo vs Yildirim with some early betting analysis.
Canelo vs Yildirim Odds
The oddsmakers at MyBookie are hot on Canelo Alvarez steamrolling Avni Yildirim. With a win probability of 98%, you would need to bet $5000 to win $100 on Canelo defeating Avni Yildirim.
For the challenger Yildirim, who has odds of +1400, you can bet $100 to win $1400 on the chance of this huge upset occurring. Once the round betting odds are released we will review the best bets. In the meantime, check out our how to bet on boxing guide, prior to betting on Canelo’s next fight.
Check out the latest predictions for Canelo vs Yildirim here, which includes the best bets you can wager on from round betting to method of victory props.
Why is Canelo Alvarez Fighting Avni Yildirim?
The simple answer, in this case, is that in order to hold on to his WBC super-middleweight title, he has to take on a mandatory No. 1 contender for that organization. If the mandatory challenger weren’t an issue, we would most likely see Canelo face Billy Joe Saunders or Caleb Plant.
When asked what he expects from this fight. Former welterweight champion Timothy Bradley had this to say on ESPN. “When you look at a fight like this, it’s just night and day. You have a counterpuncher in Canelo Alvarez who can set you up on the front foot and the back foot. He can just do a lot of different things, and against someone who’s going to just keep coming forward, always there in front of Canelo, that’s a recipe for disaster for Yildirim.”
Canelo Wants Activity in 2021
Canelo wants to keep busy after some frustrating downtime in 2020 until he fought Callum Smith in December. Canelo came out of that fight unscathed and is fresh for another bout.
All going to plan the Mexican superstar wants to fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, a tradition he has always kept on his fight calendar over the years. Overall Yildirim is a massive betting underdog. This is a stay-busy fight and is part of the business in order to get the massive PPV fights with the big names.
Opening boxing odds for Canelo vs Saunders, are giving the Mexican a sizeable advantage over the Brit.
I for one are excited to see how Canelo gets the job done and then moves on to face Saunders, Plant, or the trilogy of GGG in late 2021.