Joel Diaz, the trainer for super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim, says his pupil is very capable of pulling off a big surprise on February 27 in Miami, Florida.

Yildirim will challenge the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, for the WBC, WBA world titles.

Canelo captured the WBC, WBA titles in December, when he dominated Callum Smith over twelve rounds.

Yildirim, who the WBC set as the mandatory challenger, is a massive underdog in the contest.

Diaz explains that his boxer has greatly improved during their time together and he expects him to shock a lot of critics.

"He's very intelligent, very hardworking, focused, learns very well. He's a totally different fighter now. When we talked about fighting Canelo he was in Germany, but since the borders are closed and time has passed, his manager told me Avni needed me and I went to Turkey to meet him in Istanbul and now we are in Antalya, where we have it all. He just wanted to train with me," Diaz told George Ebro.

"We know it's a very difficult task, but nothing is impossible if we have the confidence, the work and the strategy. So let's keep working hard until the day comes to give fans what they want to see, a good fight. I have to prepare my fighter as best as possible to face him. Everyone wants to know what the attack plan is, but there are coaches who notice everything you do. I won't provide the plan of attack. I'm just telling you, the fight isn't going to be easy for Canelo, whom I admire. I'm his fan, but I do analysis and then make a smart plan, a good strategy and good training to face the best fighter of this era.

"Avni is strong-minded. He's got a big heart and he's got balls. He's going in with the intention of knocking Canelo's head off. If your fighter has courage, stamina, power and has positive psychology, there's nothing to stop him. If that wasn't the case, I wouldn't be here. I'm not going to go make a fool of myself.''