The World Boxing Council`s Green and Gold super middleweight Belt is on the line this Saturday with maestro champion, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez facing the top string challenger Avni Yildirim, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Both boxers, neither of whom are crochety or exactly quavering, are engaging characters in their own right. While accomplishing the final tune up, with bows before blows, they`ve given us some ready, reedy and pithy quotes,
Canelo: “I’m training hard like I always do. I’m not underestimating my rival at all. I know this is boxing and one punch can change everything. It is not in me to underestimate anyone.”
Yildirim: “Nobody gives me the Turkish fighter any chance, but we will be better in order to bring the belt to our country ”.
Ahmet Öner, Yildirim manager: “Avni is strong and big. I believe in him. Avni has improved a lot since his loss to Chris Eubank. Definitely, Canelo is very strong, but he is not a God. He is a human being and to being human, he has his strong parts and weak points.”
Öner: “Avni will definitely bring the Green and Gold belt to our country. Come February 27th, he will show his quality to the whole world.”
Eddy Reynoso: “Yes, he is a tough fighter, a warrior, a tall fighter, and he is very complicated, possessing power.”