Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim best bets, predictions: Finding values in the super middleweight title fight

Major championship boxing is back in south Florida this weekend as pound-for-pound great Canelo Alvarez is set to put his pair of 168-pound titles on the line against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium (which airs on DAZN starting at 7 p.m. ET). The matchup is a bit confusing on paper as Yildirim hasn’t fought in nearly two years and lost in his most recent outing, but boxing politics remain the name of the game if you want to hold all the belts. 

So, right or wrong, Alvarez will put his WBA and WBC super middleweight championships on the line against Yildirim as the WBC has demanded. He’ll do so as a -4000 favorite, a betting line wherein a $4000 bet on Alvarez will win you just $100, and that likely undersells Alvarez’s chances of having his hand raised.

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With those long odds on the bout winner, those with an itch to lay down a little money at the betting window will likely turn to prop bets surrounding the fight. To that end, we’ve taken a look at the odds and have laid out our picks for the best bets to make ahead of Alvarez’s battle with Yildirim. Odds via William Hill Sportsbook.

Prop bets

Canelo Alvarez via KO, TKO or DQ

-1600

Canelo Alvarez via decision

+650

Avni Yildirim via KO, TKO or DQ

+2000

Avni Yildirim via decision

+3300

Draw

+3300

Fight goes the distance = Yes

+700

Fight goes the distance = No

-1600

The first thing that jumps out in the lines is the disparity between Alvarez via decision and the fight going on the distance. If you were to have interest in Alvarez taking a decision win, you get extra value by simply taking the fight to go the distance. It also provides some security in the unlikely event that Yildirim somehow scrapes out a win on the scorecards. Until a shift in the odds that makes Alvarez via decision a better line than the fight going the distance, taking that line should be out of the question.

The +700 odds for the fight going the distance suggests an implied 12% chance of that result.  

Yildirim’s fight with Chris Eubank Jr. in 2017 combined with Alvarez’s power has made Alvarez via knockout the frontrunner for method of result. In the Eubank fight, Yildirim was caught repeatedly by clean, blistering power shots and didn’t manage to get out of the third round before getting flattened.

Alvarez has true power, but also exceptional boxing skills. Despite that power, Alvarez only has a 29% knockout rate since 2017. Yildirim isn’t quite on the level of most of the men Alvarez has faced during that time. He’s not quite a Danny Jacobs or Callum Smith, and certainly not on the level of Gennadiy Golovkin.

Round betting

Canelo Alvarez Round 1

+650

Avni Yildirim Round 1

+12500

Canelo Alvarez Round 2

+600

Avni Yildirim Round 2

+12500

Canelo Alvarez Round 3

+500

Avni Yildirim Round 3

+12500

Canelo Alvarez Round 4

+550

Avni Yildirim Round 4

+10000

Canelo Alvarez Round 5 +600 Avni Yildirim Round 5 +10000
Canelo Alvarez Round 6 +700 Avni Yildirim Round 6 +10000
Canelo Alvarez Round 7 +900 Avni Yildirim Round 7 +10000
Canelo Alvarez Round 8 +1200 Avni Yildirim Round 8 +10000
Canelo Alvarez Round 9 +1600 Avni Yildirim Round 9 +10000
Canelo Alvarez Round 10 +2200 Avni Yildirim Round 10 +10000
Canelo Alvarez Round 11 +3300 Avni Yildirim Round 11 +12500
Canelo Alvarez Round 12 +5000 Avni Yildirim Round 12 +12500

Since 2010, Alvarez’s knockouts have come on average in the middle rounds with 14 knockouts averaging out to the sixth round. While the idea of an early knockout isn’t out of the question, Alvarez winning by knockout sometime between the fifth and seventh rounds seems solid. The odds for an Alvarez knockout in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds are +600, +700 and +900, respectively.

Picks

  • Fight to go the distance, YES: +700 (one unit)
  • Alvarez by KO/TKO in Round 5: +600 (0.5 units)
  • Alvarez by KO/TKO in Round 7: +900 (0.5 units)

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.

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