From the opening bell, Canelo Alvarez set himself up for a knockout victory against the obligatory challenger Avni Yildirim. Alvarez didn’t have to wait long for that.
Yildirim’s corner threw in the towel at the end of the third round when Alvarez won the TKO victory and held his WBC and WBA super-middleweight belt Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Alvarez’s reunion with WBO defending champion Billy Joe Saunders officially continues with the victory. Matchdog Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said in retrospect that the fight will run until May 8th. The location has yet to be determined.
Alvarez (55-1-2) was the only fighter in the ring to push the action in the first three rounds. At the beginning of the fight, Alvarez threw loop hooks at Yildirim’s high guard and threw the body of the Turkish fighter jet.
And even in the fight against a man of Yildirim caliber, Alvarez showed the ring sense that strengthened his status among the most important pound-to-pound fighters in boxing. Instead of a hook, Alvarez straightened the Yildirim with his straight right hand for more than two minutes in the third lap.
Yildirim (21-3, 12 KO) survived the round and even though he was sitting in a corner before the fourth round, he still seemed like a game for at least three minutes. However, a member of his training team came to the apron and asked for the fight to be stopped.