Avni Yildirim entered this fight with a professional boxing record of 17-1-0 (11 knockouts) and he is ranked as the No.15 super middleweight in the world. He fought four times last year losing once,

Derek Edwards, has an official record of 27-7-1 (14 knockouts) and he entered as the No.76 in the same weight class but he comes off four consecutive losses, the last one with Lolenga Mock; before the four defeats Edwards had beat Badou Jack in 2014.