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.
“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