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Avni Yıldırım
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Nickname(s)
  • The Turkish Wolf
  • Mr. Robot
Rated at
  • Super-middleweight
  • Light-heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11+1/2 in
Reach 70 in
Nationality Turkish
Born 5 August 1991 (1991-08-05) (age 30)
Sivas, Turkey
Stance Orthodox stance
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 21
Wins by KO 12
Losses 3

Avni Yıldırım (born 5 August 1991) is a Turkish professional boxer. He challenged for the IBO super-middleweight title in 2017, the WBC super-middleweight title in 2019, and the WBA (Super), WBC, and Ring magazine super-middleweight titles in February 2021.

Professional career

Yıldırım compiled a perfect record of 16-0 before challenging Chris Eubank Jr. for his IBO super-middleweight title on 7 October 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany as part of the World Boxing Super Series. He was knocked down by Eubank Jr. in the first round, before being knocked out two rounds later.

Yıldırım rebounded from his first professional career loss with a run of five consecutive victories to improve to 21-1, before challenging Anthony Dirrell for the vacant WBC super-middleweight title on 23 February 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After Dirrell was cut from an accidental head clash, the fight was stopped in the tenth round, with Dirrell emerging as the victor by split technical decision (96-94, 96-94, 92-98). Yıldırım was not happy with the stoppage, stating “I was upset. I wanted to keep going and finish the fight as a champion.” Yıldırım's promoter, Ahmet Oener, flew to Mexico City to meet with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman to make their case for an immediate rematch. The WBC ultimately decided to resolve the matter by ordering a title fight between Dirrell and David Benavidez with the winner being mandated to face Yıldırım. However, Yıldırım was sidetracked by injury and the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining his mandatory position.

Following a layoff of over two years, Yıldırım returned to the ring on 27 February 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami to face highly-regarded unified super-middleweight champion Canelo Álvarez, again challenging for the WBC super-middleweight title which now belonged to Álvarez, in addition to Álvarez's WBA (Super) and The Ring titles. A huge underdog, Yıldırım was unable to overcome the odds as his opponent proved too much for him. Yıldırım retired on his stool at the end of the third round, having landed only 11 punches total in the fight, compared to Canelo's 67.

After back-to-back losses, Yıldırım is scheduled to attempt his comeback in a fight against Jack Cullen as part of Fight Camp in Brentwood, England on 31 July 2021.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
24 fights 21 wins 3 losses
By knockout 12 2
By decision 9 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
25 N/A N/A United Kingdom Jack Cullen N/A – (10) 31 Jul 2021 United Kingdom Matchroom Headquarters, Brentwood, England
24 Loss 21–3 Mexico Canelo Álvarez RTD 3 (12), 3:00 27 Feb 2021 United States Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, US For WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring super-middleweight titles
23 Loss 21–2 United States Anthony Dirrell TD 10 (12), 1:55 23 Feb 2019 United States Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US For vacant WBC super-middleweight title;
Split TD after Dirrell cut from accidental head clash
22 Win 21–1 Denmark Lolenga Mock MD 12 15 Sep 2018 Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Ludwigshafen, Germany Retained WBC International super-middleweight title
21 Win 20–1 Dominican Republic Jose Antonio Rodriguez RTD 1 (10), 3:00 14 Jul 2018 Dominican Republic Casa de los Clubes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
20 Win 19–1 Canada Ryan Ford UD 12 12 May 2018 Germany Nobeo Studios, Cologne, Germany Retained WBC International super-middleweight title
19 Win 18–1 United States Derek Edwards UD 12 3 Mar 2018 Germany Sartory Saale, Cologne, Germany Retained WBC International super-middleweight title
18 Win 17–1 Hungary Attila Korda TKO 1 (8), 1:36 16 Dec 2017 Germany Messehalle, Straubing, Germany
17 Loss 16–1 United Kingdom Chris Eubank Jr. KO 3 (12), 1:58 7 Oct 2017 Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany For IBO super-middleweight title;
World Boxing Super Series: super-middleweight quarter-final
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Marco Antonio Peribán UD 12 13 May 2017 Mexico Foro Aga de Palcco, Zapopan, Mexico Won vacant WBC International super-middleweight title
15 Win 15–0 Belarus Aliaksandr Sushchyts TKO 1 (12), 1:36 18 Feb 2017 Italy Teatro Principe, Milan, Italy Retained WBC Silver International super-middleweight title
14 Win 14–0 Canada Schiller Hyppolite TKO 3 (10), 2:44 5 Nov 2016 Germany Ballhaus Forum, Munich, Germany Won vacant WBC Silver International super-middleweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Aaron Pryor Jr UD 10 27 Aug 2016 Germany Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
12 Win 12–0 Russia Timur Nikarkhoev TKO 5 (8), 2:05 23 Jul 2016 Germany Iron gym, Berlin, Germany
11 Win 11–0 Hungary Zoltan Sera TKO 2 (8), 0:45 23 May 2016 Germany Petko's Gym, Dachau, Germany
10 Win 10–0 Brazil Jackson Junior KO 2 (12), 2:27 6 May 2016 Germany Huxleys, Berlin, Germany Retained WBC Silver International light-heavyweight title
9 Win 9–0 Argentina Walter Gabriel Sequeira UD 12 26 Feb 2016 Germany Stadthalle, Offenbach am Main, Germany Retained WBC Silver International light-heavyweight title
8 Win 8–0 Finland Janne Forsman KO 1 (12), 1:07 18 Dec 2015 Germany Sport Hall, Ratingen, Germany Retained WBC Silver International light-heavyweight title
7 Win 7–0 Germany Bernard Donfack UD 12 11 Oct 2015 Germany Sport Halle, Herne, Germany Retained WBC Silver International light-heavyweight title
6 Win 6–0 Jamaica Glen Johnson UD 10 15 Aug 2015 United States Mana Studios, Miami, Florida, US Won vacant WBC Silver International light-heavyweight title
5 Win 5–0 Germany Steve Kroekel TKO 1 (8), 0:30 16 Jun 2015 Germany Arena Boxgym, Düsseldorf, Germany
4 Win 4–0 Georgia (country) Giorgi Aduashvili TKO 2 (4), 2:59 30 Apr 2015 Germany Arena Boxgym, Düsseldorf, Germany
3 Win 3–0 Georgia (country) Giorgi Beroshvili TKO 3 (8), 2:29 27 Feb 2015 Turkey Gloria Sports Arena, Antalya, Turkey
2 Win 2–0 Serbia Aleksandar Jankovic TKO 1 (6), 1:58 14 Feb 2015 Turkey Adnan Menderes Spor Salonu, Adana, Turkey
1 Win 1–0 Georgia (country) Davit Ribakoni PTS 4 22 Mar 2014 Turkey Atatürk Spor Salonu, Tekirdag, Turkey
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