Avni Yildirim is a fighter made to measure so Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez shine, in the opinion of Callum smith, who faced the Canelo last December 19.
On February 27, the Canelo Alvarez will defend the belts of CMB and AMB against Avni Yildirim in Miami Florida. Should he win, he will seek to face Billy joe saunders by the scepter of OMB and then before Caleb Plant, monarch of the IBF.
“I think that (Avni) Yildirim it’s tailor-made for him, ”he explained Callum in interview with Boxing Scene, “I think that if he stands in front of him, there will be the opportunity to see a very good Canelo. Some people have styles that make them look good and I think Yildirim will go straight to the hands of Canelo and I think it will be routine (for Canelo), he will remove the mandatory (rival) from above and then he can have the unifying forces against Saunders and Plant ”.
What Callum Smith expects from the Canelo vs. Saunders fight
Callum smith He also offered his point of view on the unification fight between Canelo Y Billy joe saunders which is planned to be held in May.
“I think the fight against Billy joe it’s interesting, ”he continued Smith, “We have always said that it will be interesting against someone who moves, a southpaw and things like that. But after being with Canelo, I think that Billy joe has the style to be out of trouble and probably frustrate you. But I don’t think I have the power or the precision to hit him and earn his respect. It’s so hard to hit Canelo, I think it’s a matter of time before I start to connect and grab Billy joe”.
No one can beat Canelo at 160 or 168 pounds, says Smith
Callum smith He also gave his arguments why he believes that the Canelo will dominate the super middle division. He believes that none of the current 168-pound champions has the tools to defeat him.
“I said it after the fight and I repeated it a couple of days ago and I’m not saying it because he beat me,” he added. Smith, “But I don’t think anyone can beat him at 160 or 168 (pounds). I think maybe at 175 you have (Artur) Beterbiev and them, but basically it’s ending that and saying that the divisions of 160 and 168 are his and he wants to stay and become undisputed, before going up or down and winning titles. At the moment, I don’t think Billy Joe (Saunders), (Caleb) Plant or one of them can beat it ”.
A few days ago, the British boxer assured in an interview with Sky Sports that there was no fighter who could defeat the Canelo, after fighting for the vacant super middleweight title of the CMB on December 19, 2020.