WBC: Canelo Alvarez wasn't ordered to fight Avni Yildirim. He 'requested' it.

Canelo Alvarez isn’t being “ordered” to fight little-known Avni Yildirim next for the vacant World Boxing Council super-middleweight title. Instead, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman explained to The Athletic, this is what Alvarez wants.

The WBC Board of Governors voted 36-1 Tuesday morning to grant four-division champion Alvarez’s request to fight mandatory contender Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) of Turkey.

Alvarez, thanks to his designation as the WBC middleweight Franchise Champion, beat out others who had sought to fight for the belt vacated Friday by former champion David Benavidez. This includes WBA super-middleweight champion Callum Smith and Benavidez himself, who came in nearly three pounds over the division’s limit ahead of his bout with Roamer Alexis Angulo last weekend.

“(Alvarez) contacted the WBC and requested to fight Yildirim for the title and that is absolutely one of the privileges he has in having the...

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