The king is back!
Canelo Alverez is back in action as he headlines a card absolutely stacked with talent young & old as he faces off against Avni Yildirim for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight World Championship.
Live on DAZN at the home of the Miami Dolphins, boxing is travelling to a new location and fans should be treated to a wonderful night of boxing.
The stars on show are mainly up and coming fighters, most who are in the early knockings of their careers. However, it is contrasted by having two fighters at the top of their games such as Canelo and the Flyweight world champion Julio Cesar Martinez.
Young talents on show include Marc Castro, Diego Pacheco, Alexis Espino, Aaron Aponte and there's a debut for Keyshawn Davis.
Eight fights, two world champions and seven different weight classes; it's a stacked card and it's certainly a great night of boxing.
Canelo (54-1-2, 36 KO's) is back in action for the first time since dismantling Callum Smith in 12 rounds in his bout in December. Two months later he's back in action again, taking on his mandatory challenger Yildirim (21-2, 12 KO's) to pave a way for making the undisputed fights at 168 lbs.
The 29-year-old Turkish fighter has fought for the world title before, losing out to Anthony Dirrell in somewhat controversial circumstances. Yildirim lost in a 10-round technical split decision, after Dirrell had suffered a cut from a headbutt, which worsened from the 7th to the 10th round.
His only other loss came to England's Chris Eubank Jr, who earned a third round KO back in 2017. Known as an all action fighter, he is really up against it here, as he faces Canelo in the prime of his career at a time where his legacy is one or two fights away from being greatly enriched once again.
Rumoured to be sitting ringside for the fight is the WBO World Champion Billy Joe Saunders. After the Mexican comes through this fight as everyone expects, promoter Eddie Hearn is expected to announce the super fight between the two for the undisputed super-middleweight crown.
Flyweight King Back in Action
▶️ Always on repeat... 🔁— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) January 6, 2021
Julio Cesar Martinez is coming for 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝘁𝘀 in 2021 👑 pic.twitter.com/YQ5B8BQnoA
If you're looking for an action fighter, who always delivers then look no further than Julio Cesar Martinez. Apart from having a great boxing name, everything about his style is suited for entertainment.
Notching up a record of 17-1 with 13 KO's, at 26 he is primed to conquer this division and become a P4P star. His sole loss came in his very first fight back in 2015, losing to Joaquin Cruz, who was 5-0 at the time.
They had the rematch in Martinez's fifth fight and he avenged his loss with a majority decision win. Since then, he has become the best in the division and he faces McWilliams Arroyo (20-4, 15 KO's) in what is expected to be another action packed fight.
He's a fighter you don't want to miss!
Zhang Looking to Impress Again
𝙱𝙸𝙶 𝙱𝙰𝙽𝙶 🎯 Zhilei Zhang— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) December 30, 2020
22-0 (17 KO's) 👀 pic.twitter.com/qttR9b9Hjx
Chinese heavyweight Zhilei Zhang (22-0, 17 KO's) is a former Olympic Silver medallist and beat Andy Ruiz Jr in the amateur ranks, yet at 37, he needs to step up into the big fights before it's too late.
The step up has not come here, as he faces off against Jerry Forrest (26-4, 20 KO's) who has never beaten anyone of note, and recently lost to Carlos Takam in July by unanimous decision.
The 6 foot 6 southpaw seems to have all the makings of a tricky heavyweight fighter, plus power to go with it - I expect him to win by KO here and for Hearn to step him up into a much tougher clash in his next fight. Don't miss Big Bang look to make a big bang in the heavyweight scene against Forrest!
Talented Young Fighters
With the three fights listed before, those are all experienced, established fighters. Following on for the rest of the card, the next five fighters are all within the early stages of their careers.
The standout talent is towering Diego Pacheco, who is a 6 foot 4 giant fighting in the middleweight division. His record stands at 10-0 with 8 KO's and he takes a step up in this fight to face 14-4-1 fighter Rodolfo Gomez Jr.
Gomez has won his last two fights by stoppage and stands at 6 foot 3, which will pose a different threat to what the Pacheco has faced so far. We'll see if he continues his rise here as the prospect gets his chance to shine on the big stage once again.
Alexis Espino is the only other fighter out of the young crop here who fought more than once - he stands at 6 wins, with no losses and 4 KO's.
The 21-year-old is facing Ashton Sykes who has beaten his last two opponents, with his latest being an unbeaten fighter, so Espino is out to make a statement.
Lastly, we have the super featherweight fighter Marc Castro and Aaron Aponte who fights in the super lightweight division. Both have fought only once and come through with a KO victory and are both 21.
Castro has a hugely impressive amateur record of 51-3 and is the standout talent next to Pacheco out of the young crop.
There's also a debut for Keyshawn Davis who, at 21, enters the super lightweight division with a solid amateur record of 76 wins and 12 losses.
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