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Saul Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring to face mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim on Saturday, when he defends his WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight titles. The main card begins at 7 p.m. ET, with Alvarez vs. Yildirim taking place at approximately 10 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium. Alvarez (54-1-2) defeated Callum Smith by unanimous decision on Dec. 19 in 12 rounds in San Antonio. Yildirim hasn’t fought in two years, losing his last bout by technical decision against Anthony Dirrell.
William Hill Sportsbook pegs Alvarez as a -4000 favorite (risk $4,000 to win $100) in the latest Alvarez vs. Yildirim odds, with the Turkish fighter getting +1500 (risk $100 to win $1,500) as the underdog. Before making any Alvarez vs. Yildirim picks, see the latest boxing predictions from SportsLine analyst Peter Kahn.
A 2020 Boxing Writers Association of America Cus D’Amato Manager of the Year nominee, Kahn has his finger on the pulse of what’s going on inside and outside of the ring. Kahn has managed numerous world champions and currently manages 20 fighters through his company, Fight Game Advisors. He can be seen and heard weekly on “The Fight Guys” on YouTube.
Kahn is uncanny when it comes to picking fights. He is an astounding 32-8 on SportsLine boxing picks since the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, returning a whopping $3,472 to $100 bettors.
In January, Kahn predicted Ryan Garcia would knock out Luke Campbell in under 9.5 rounds. The result: Garcia knocked Campbell out in the seventh round. In December, Kahn said Anthony Joshua would knock down Kubrat Pulev in the first three rounds, a 2-1 underdog pick. The result: Joshua delivered two third-round knockdowns en route to a ninth-round TKO. In November, Kahn predicted legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. would fight to a draw, and anyone who followed Kahn’s advice was rewarded with a strong 12-1 payout.
In October, Kahn called one of the year’s biggest upsets, predicting Teofimo Lopez would stun Vasiliy Lomachenko to become the unified lightweight champ. In the end, Lopez outhit the pound-for-pound king from the first bell, winning convincingly for a monster payout. Anyone who followed Kahn’s advice won $350 for every $100 risked.
Now, with Saturday’s showdown fast approaching, Kahn has studied Alvarez vs. Yildirim from every angle, identified the best value in the boxing odds and released highly confident picks. Head to SportsLine to see all of his boxing picks.
Alvarez vs. Yildirim preview
Alvarez has been on a roll, having won his last five fights, two via knockout. The last blemish to his record was a 12-round split decision with Gennady Golovkin in September 2017, but he still retained The Ring middleweight title.
A year later in a rematch with Golovkin, he won a major decision to claim WBA (Super), WBC and the vacant The Ring middleweight titles. Alvarez has not been defeated since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a major decision on Sept. 14, 2013.
Yildirim will try to get back on track after the loss to Dirrell. Prior to that, he had won his previous five bouts, including two by unanimous decision and another by knockout. Yildirim, who debuted in March 2014, had won his first 16 fights before being knocked out by Chris Eubank, Jr. in October 2017 while going for the IBF super-middleweight title.
His last win was a 12-round major decision over Lolenga Mock to retain the WBC International super-middleweight title in September 2018. Kahn is only sharing his coveted picks here.
How to make Alvarez vs. Yildirim picks
Kahn has a strong pick on who wins. In fact, he says a critical X-factor you’re not even thinking about will decide this highly-anticipated fight. He’s also backing a prop that pays 5-1. You can see all of his picks and analysis here.
Who wins Alvarez vs. Yildirim? And which prop is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Peter Kahn’s best bets for Saturday, all from the fight game manager who is 32-8 on boxing picks since the sport returned, and find out.