WBC #5 contender Avni Yildirim  retained his WBC International Super Middleweight title on Saturday (May 12th, 2018) in Hürth-Cologne, Germany,  with a hard fought Unanimous Decision (12 rounds) against tough Canadian Ryan Ford (Edmonton, Alberta).   Final scoring:  116-112   117-112   115-113

Avni is now scheduled to defend his belt against WBC #14 Lolenga Mock next September 15 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.   Mr. Ahmet Öner will promote.

Pre-bout interview:

“This fight is my chance to get in line for a world title shot”, says Yildirim. “I am not looking past Ryan Ford, he is a strong guy. But I know that he stands between my and the big green and gold belt so I have to beat him.”

To make sure that he will succeed on his way to a potential showdown with WBC World Champion David Benavidez, Yildirim’s promoter Ahmet Oner has hired a new trainer for the 26-year-old former amateur standout from Turkey. Stacey McKinley will be in Yildirim’s corner for the first time.

“In the past I have trained Avni myself and we got to where we are today”, says Oner. “But I want to focus on promoting and finding the right fights for him so I needed someone who I trust 100 percent. I have known Stacey for a long time, he is one of the best trainers in the world and I am happy that he is working with Avni now. I am sure that we will win the world championship together.”

Yildirim has won 18 of his 19 pro fights so far with his sole loss coming in the World Boxing Super Series to Chris Eubank Jr. 

Ford has 14 wins in his record with two losses against former World Champion Fedor Chudinov and unbeaten Russian prospect Andrey Sirotkin.

At the official weigh-in yesterday, Ford tipped the scale at 76.1 kg, while Yildirim scaled 76.2 kg.

Both on their first attempt on the scale. 

The WBC International Championship headlines a ten-bout card taking place at the Nobeo TV studios in Hurth-Cologne and will be broadcasted live on “Sky Sports News HD” in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and on “S Sport” in Turkey.

May 12th 2018

WBC International 168 Lbs Championship

TV Studios in Hürth (Köln province), Germany

Avni Yildirim (champ)             vs     Ryan Ford (Canada)

by Ahmet Öner




Former WBC International champions in this weight class

Michael Rocky Fielding,   Great Britain

Callum   Smith,  Great Britain

Giovanni   De Carolis,   Italy

Nikola   Sjekloca,   Montenegro

Adonis   Stevenson,   Haiti – Canada

Robert   Stieglitz,   Russia – Germany

Denis   Inkin,   Russia

Mario   Veit,   Germany

Jürgen   Brahmer,   Germany

Otis  Grant,   Jamaica – Canada

Eric  Lucas,   Canada

Markus  Beyer,   Germany

Herol  Graham,   Great Britain

Mikkel  Kessler,   Denmark

Jaffa  Ballogou,   Togo

Goodwin  Anyamene,   Nigeria

Hunter  Clay,   Nigeria

Lou  Gent,   Great Britain

Paul  Jones,   Great Britain