After having to sit out for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, Saul Canelo Alvarez is wasting no time getting back to action as he gets set to face mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim in a WBA, WBC and The Ring super middleweight title bout on Saturday night. It will be Alvarez's second fight in three months, while Yildirim returns to the ring after a 24-month layoff. The 12-round bout is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Since turning pro in 2005, Alvarez has compiled a 54-1-2 all-time record, with his only loss coming at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013. 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 may be 30 years old, but he is in his prime when it comes to boxing. Since losing to Mayweather, Alvarez has been on a roll, winning 12 of 13 fights, with the other being a draw that he later avenged. He has six knockouts and four unanimous decision victories during that span. Alvarez is determined to unify the 168-pound division when he meets Yildirim as well as Billy Joe Saunders for another unification bout in May.
Yildirim, meanwhile, has twice challenged for a world title: the IBO super-middleweight title in 2017 and WBC super-middleweight championship in 2019. He gets another shot when he faces Alvarez, although he faces long odds. His first attempt against Chris Eubank Jr. in 2017 ended when he was knocked out in Round 3 at one minute, 58 seconds.
His second attempt against American Anthony Dirrell went much better, although it ended with a split decision defeat when the fight was stopped due to a cut above his opponent's left eye. 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.