Saúl Álvarez is close to fighting Avni Yildirim and before the fight, the renowned coach Joel Díaz pointed out that it will not be an easy battle for the Mexican
MIAMI – The renowned Mexican coach Joel Díaz warned that the Turkish Avni Yildirim will take the necessary risks to try to knock out Canelo Álvarez, when they meet for the super middleweight belts of the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association before 15 thousand fans in the Hard Rock Stadium.
Approaching weight smoothly, as reported by Diaz, Yildirim ran this morning for about 45 minutes and did some stretching to stay fit to hit 168 pounds and be in the best shape of his life waiting to hit the mark. Biggest hit in boxing since Andy Ruiz dethroned Anthony Joshua in June 2019.
The fight between Canelo and the Turk Yildirim will be broadcast in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, with the exception of Brazil, through the ESPN KNOCKOUT signal.
“We work hard, we come prepared for everything, we have a very difficult task, but we are going to fight, don’t think we are coming on vacation, Canelo is not going to have an easy fight. Avni is a strong fighter, he is motivated, he brings a desire to triumph, do not look down on the Turk because he comes with everything, ”said Díaz. “We are realistic, a decision against Canelo we did not win. Styles do the fights, we have to go hurt Canelo, we are going to go for all the marbles. We cannot let the fight go to decision, ”he added.
With the knockout in mind, Joel said that knowing Canelo already boxing, since Yildirim was sparring the Mexican in two camps, can benefit them, but it will also put Álvarez on alert because he knows how dangerous the Turk can be. “We know that Canelo is the fighter of the moment, the pound for pound and obviously we should not underestimate the opponents, because sometimes surprises arrive that one does not expect.
“They have already shared the ring, in a sparring session, in two camps that Avni was preparing, one gains confidence. You know what the ring is. In a fight, with smaller gloves, without a mask, it’s different, but they’ve already tried something like that. I tell him: ‘Tell me, what did you feel, what is Canelo’s strength’, and thus to correct, we are ready, “he said.
Joel accepted that Yildirim’s two-year inactivity could play on contract, but the motivation of being Turkey’s first world champion motivates him strongly. “It affects inactivity, it has always affected, Canelo fought in December. Inactivity is a factor, but it was not anyone’s fault, we were preparing since October 2019 for a fight in early 2020 and that was when the pandemic began, “he confessed.
Finally, Joel recognized the work that Eddy Reynoso has done with his fighters, and assured that it motivates him more to try to surprise. “Eddy is a great person, a great coach, he brings a great team, you can see the product of his work, Ryan Garcia with Campbell, now this fighter, this great Valdez fighter. I didn’t think Valdez was going to beat Berchelt. The surprise, the more he won, was the way he won, and that is credited to Eddy Reynoso because he made the plan, and he is the coach of the moment, “he concluded.