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FIGHT MEANS THE WORLD FOR AVNI


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WBC no. 5 ranked super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim is set to return to action tonight  (May 12th) in Cologne, Germany, against former MMA star Ryan Ford from Canada.  

 

"This fight is my chance to get in line for a world title shot", says Yildirim. "I am not looking past Ryan Ford, as he is a strong guy. But I know that he stands between me myself  and the big Green and Gold belt... so I have to beat him!"

 

To make sure that he will succeed on his way to a potential showdown with WBC World Champion David Benavidez, Yildirim's Promoter Ahmet Oner has hired a new trainer for the 26-year-old rising star from Turkey.  Stacey McKinley will be in Yildirim's corner for the first time.

 

"In the past I have trained Avni myself and we got to where we are today", says Oner. "But I want to focus on promoting and finding the right fights for him,  so I needed someone who I trust 100 percent.  I have known Stacey for a long time, he is one of the best trainers in the world and I am happy that he is working with Avni . I am sure that we will win the world championship together."

 

Yildirim has won 18 of his 19 pro fights so far with his sole loss coming in the World Boxing Super Series to Chris Eubank jr.
Ford, a 36 year old veteran, has 14 wins on his record with two losses against former World Champion Fedor Chudinov and unbeaten Russian prospect Andrey Sirotkin.

 

Both fighters made weight. Ford tipped the scale at 167.5 lbs. (76 kg) while Yildirim weighed in exactly at the limit of 168 lbs. (76.2 kg).
The WBC international championship headlines a ten-bout card taking place at the Nobeo TV studios in Cologne, Germany and will be broadcast live on "Sky Sports News HD" in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and on "S Sport" in Turkey.

 

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