Betting Preview for Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim – Odds, Prediction, and Best Bets (February 27, 2021)

| February 1, 2021 12:42 pm PDT

Canelo Alvarez puts his WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super middleweight titles on the line at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, this February 27.

Just two months after a routine win over the previously unbeaten Callum Smith, Mexico’s main man will test himself against Turkey’s Avni Yildirim. Although the odds for Canelo vs. Yildirim suggest that it’s a foregone conclusion, there is still money to be made betting on the bout.

Join me as I take a look at the odds and best bets for Canelo vs. Yildirim, and give a little insight into a fight that should be a walk in the park for boxing’s pound for pound phenom.

It’s obvious who I believe wins this fight, but how does Canelo beat Yildirim?

Canelo vs. Yildirim Prediction

  • Canelo to Win by KO/TKO

I don’t see the sense in betting on Canelo to win at the odds you can find on the top boxing sportsbooks.

Not when you can wager on Canelo winning by KO/TKO, which I believe is an absolute certainty.

No disrespect intended, but Yildirim is several levels below the Mexican, and we will see that play out on the night.

Latest Odds for Canelo vs. Yildirim

Canelo to Win-4500
Avni Yildirim to Win+1475

Canelo’s odds to beat Yildirim say it all. This is not going to be a close fight.

Alvarez is just levels above anyone at 168-pounds, and Yildirim is not even in the top ten best super middleweights in the world. I don’t think this fight is going to last long at all, and I don’t see much point talking any more about the line for Canelo vs. Yildirim.

Now, the best bets for Canelo vs. Yildirim is a different story altogether.

Best Canelo vs. Yildirim Bets

  • Canelo to Win by KO/TKO
  • Canelo to Win in Rounds 1 to 3
  • Canelo to Win in Round 2

At the time of writing, the odds for Canelo vs. Yildirim prop bets are unavailable.

But don’t let that deter you. Keep your eye on our recommended sportsbooks and boxing apps a little closer to the fight, and you should get solid odds for the Canelo wagers above.

First, get on the KO/TKO. The odds won’t be extraordinary, but they will certainly look a lot better than the -4500 currently being offered.

If you can find a market for Canelo to win by way of a body shot, I’d suggest taking it. The odds will be much better. The 30-year-old has the best liver shot in the game, and I’m predicting that Yildirim’s sloppy defense will present him with opportunities to land plenty of looping left hooks. 

I see the fight ending within the first three rounds. Once again, I just don’t see how Yildirim stands in front of the ginger wonder and trades with him.

Additionally, I wouldn’t call it a huge risk gambling on Canelo to win this fight by way of an early KO/TKO. So, go for the win in the first three rounds.

If you want to really be brave, how about a wager on Canelo to beat Yildirim by KO/TKO in Round 2? The odds for picking the round he gets it done might be enough to take the plunge.

If you need some convincing, here’s my take.

Why Canelo Beats Yildirim Early

If you think things are getting too easy for Canelo, just wait until you see him against the Turkish challenger on February 27.

The pound-for-pound number one isn’t treating this as anything more than a warmup fight for what should be a more competitive fight with Billy Joe Saunders in the summer. But he doesn’t exactly need rounds under his belt, so expect a quick and devastating finish in this one.

This is a gift for the fans in Miami.

Saunders is one of only two fighters at 168 that can potentially cause Canelo problems. The other is David Benavidez. But in all likelihood, Canelo beats both of those guys with relative ease.

So just what is he doing fighting Yildirim, you might ask? Well, here’s the crux of it — he’s going to want a spectacular KO to hype up his fight Saunders in the summer. The sacrificial lamb is, you guessed it, Yildirim.

My prediction for Canelo vs. Yildirim stands — it’ll be a KO/TKO for the champ in Round 2.

And That’s All For Now

I’ve walked you through the Canelo vs. Yildirim odds and best bets and have given you a pretty specific prediction for how this one goes.

No disrespect intended to Yildirim, but there’s just no way that he troubles the Mexican on February 27. There are levels to this game, and these two are a few floors apart.

With that said, I don’t think there is much more to be said about this fight.

Canelo vs. Yildirim is just one of a batch of boxing matches heading our way in February. You can catch the latest boxing bets, predictions, and picks for upcoming fights, such as Joe Smith Jr. vs. Maxim Vlasov, by visiting our picks section.

For all other things boxing-related, head on over to our boxing blog.

Good luck with your bets!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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