Canelo Alvarez To Face Avni Yildirim In First Boxing Card At Hard Rock Stadium

Without COVID-19 crowd restrictions, Alvarez would have likely attracted more than the 20% limit allowed at the 65,000-seat venue for Saturday's bout.

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ELLIOTT RODRIGUEZ: All new at 5:30, boxing is coming to Hard Rock Stadium Saturday, with a fight card featuring one of the biggest names in the sport. CBS 4's Jim Berry has more on what fight fans can expect. Jim.

JIM BERRY: They can expect this, Elliott. Boxing fans should know the name Canelo Alvarez. In fact, right now many consider him the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. Well, he's bringing his rugged style to Miami against a challenger who knows him quite well. Today at Hard Rock Stadium, Canelo and his opponent Avni Yildirim show up to hype their Saturday night showdown.

It is the main event of a first-of-its-kind fight card at the stadium. Now, Canelo, of course, brings a mighty resume. He has won 54 fights, 36 of them by knockout. He is the WBA and WBC Super Middleweight Champ.

The challenger Yildirim has a height advantage, as you can see there. And just a couple of years ago, he was Canelo's sparring partner. So no wonder the champ is not taking this guy lightly.

CANELO ALVAREZ: [SPEAKING SPANISH]

INTERPRETER: We're ready, and obviously we know what type of fighter he is. He's a strong fighter. And whoever comes to fight me is even more motivated and makes them more dangerous. So I've got to be more careful and have a great fight to win.

JIM BERRY: Now, Canelo's ultimate goal, unify the title and become the undisputed champ in his weight class. Yildirim the underdog, though, hopes to throw a big monkey wrench into those plans. And in boxing, Elliott, of course, you never know.

ELLIOTT RODRIGUEZ: That's right.

JIM BERRY: Years ago, you know, nobody thought that Buster Douglas would beat Mike Tyson, and boom, he did. So we'll see what happens.

ELLIOTT RODRIGUEZ: He's an exciting boxer to watch. That's for sure.

JIM BERRY: Yep.

ELLIOTT RODRIGUEZ: All right, Jim, thanks a lot.