Jorge Masvidal to Commentate Canelo vs. Yildrim on ESPN Latin America

Jorge Masvidal and Canelo Alvarez. Photo: Gabriel Gonzalez and Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Jorge Masvidal will be returning to the broadcast booth to commentate tomorrow’s boxing event featuring Canelo Alvarez on ESPN in Latin America.

Jorge Masvidal will be the latest fighter to join the ranks of high profile mixed martial artists to provide commentary on boxing, as it was announced on Monday that he would serve as a commentator on this Saturday’s boxing match between superstar Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildrim.  First reported by ESPN, Masvidal will be featured on ESPN’s Spanish broadcast of the fight in Latin America.

This will not be Masvidal’s first foray behind the microphone.  In 2019, “Gamebred” did double-duty in appearing on both the English and Spanish broadcasts for Combate Americas’ pay-per-view event headlined by Tito Ortiz and Alberto Rodriguez.  In that instance, Masvidal sat with the English broadcast team for part of the card before going to join the Spanish broadcast team for the main event.  Masvidal has notably taken aim at fighting Alvarez in the past, telling ESPN he was “dead serious” about taking on the Mexican superstar in a boxing bout.  In a statement to TMZ, Alvarez had said he would not be opposed to it in saying “Why not?” when asked about the fight.

Masvidal is the latest in a series of high profile mixed martial artists taking their talents to the microphone to commentate on boxing.  Last December, current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya served as part of the broadcast team for the pay-per-view exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.  Earlier this week, it was announced that former UFC and boxing champion Holly Holm will co-host the upcoming all-female boxing pay-per-view event headlined by her new teammate Claressa Shields against Marie-Eva Dicaire.

Canelo Alvarez will be looking to record his sixth consecutive victory as he takes on his WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildrim on Saturday.  Widely considered one of the best boxers in the sport today, Alvarez is one of the top draws in the world following victories over “GGG” Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, and Sergei Kovalev.  Avni Yildrim goes into the bout with a 21-2 record and is coming off a technical decision loss after his bout with Anthony Dirrell was stopped due to a cut caused by an accidental head butt.