Results of the fight between Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildirim: Alvarez defeats the enemy so that the TKO can easily keep the titles

The hurdle that was required of challenger Avni Yildirim on Saturday to embark on an ambitious 2021 plan to merge all four super-medium world championships needs to be removed, with United champion Canelo Alvarez looking at the boldly big betting favorite arrived.

Alvarez, (55-1-2, 37 KO), the sport’s biggest star and best pound pound fighter, quickly carried out his limited enemy while defending his WBA and WBC titles at £ 168 through the front third round TKO. 15,000 socially distant fans at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Amidst fireworks and a live concert, the 30-year-old Mexican star performed quite well on his walk to the ring alone. After Yildirim (21-3, 12 KO) hid behind his high defender in the first two rounds, he finally surrendered to Alvarez’s stiff right cross, which fell in the 3rd round.

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After coach Joel Diaz circled to warn his fighter that he had to show something, otherwise the fight would stop, 29-year-old Yildirim stared blankly at his face, stopping the fight at the corner.

“It doesn’t matter if they are taller and more available, whether they have a good new coach or not, it doesn’t matter,” Alvarez said after the win. “I come here to do my job and win and write history and I have the best coach in the world [Eddy Reynoso] in my corner. “

Alvarez quickly returned to the ring just two months after dominating unbeaten champion Callum Smith to unite for a super middleweight title. But Yildirim, a Turkish native who opened up as an alarming 50-1 favorite, seems to have not deserved the mandatory shot, considering he lost two years of dismissal and his last defeat.

“It’s really good to be active. It’s wonderful to be here in Miami. I wanted to have a great fight here, and I’m happy it’s a dropout. That’s what I wanted to do,” Alvarez said. “I fight anyone. I fight the best, and I always fight the best. I fight the best at 168, and here I am, writing history. I had to fight Yildirim to get a chance to fight the best of the year 168, defend my titles, and I’m ready for the rest. “

The following was confirmed on May 8 by Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn, who has a fight left over from the two matches Alvarez signed to open the year. Hearn says Alvarez will challenge WBO unbeaten champion Billy Joe Saunders in a place to announce.

In addition, Alvarez hopes to fight twice more after the Saunders game in 2021 and has shared his interest in closing the year by defeating Caleb Plant, the IBF unbeaten champion, who will be the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing.

“[Saunders] he is a very difficult fighter and he has his league, the WBO. We want to unite, “Alvarez said before being asked about Saunders’ ability to trash his opponents.” People talk, but I’m a mature warrior. I know how to control yourself. All I have to do is get in the ring, win and write history. Words are just like that.

“I [want to unify] because they did not. At 168, no one in the world has done this yet. I want to make history. “

Until Saturday’s fight, Yildirim seemed excluded from the start. He refused to throw his right hand and attempted a style of patient pursuit that became the goal practice of the much faster and more confident Alvarez.

The champion customized Yildirim and eventually dropped it with a two-hit combination. This happened after Alvarez stood right in front of Yildirim on a long stretch and was not afraid that power would return to him.

Overall, Alvarez outperformed his unfortunate opponent by 67-11, according to CompuBox. Alvarez landed from 67 shots, 58 was shot.

“It’s something that makes me feel strong. I feel fast and comfortable,” Alvarez said for the 168-pound fight. “I think this is one of the best moments of my life.

“I want to make my own history. I don’t want to be equal to anyone. I respect everyone throughout history, but I want to make my own history so that once they talk about the sport of boxing, they talk about Canelo.”

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Battle card, results

  • Canelo Alvarez (c) def. Avni Yildirim through the third round TKO (corner stop)
  • McWilliams Arroyo (ic) def. Abraham Rodriguez through the fifth round TKO (ref. Stop)
  • Zhilei Zhang and Jerry Forrest announced a majority draw (95-93 Forrest, 93-93, 93-93)
  • Diego Pacheco def. Rodolfo Gomez Jr. by unanimous decision (79-73, 79-73, 79-73)
  • Marc Castro def. John Moraga through the TKO of the second round
  • Aaron Aponte def. Harry Gigliotti unanimously (40-34, 40-34, 40-34)
  • Keyshawn Davis def. Lester Brown through the second round of TKO
  • Alexis Espino def. Ashton Sykes through the fifth round of TKO

Canelo vs. Yildirim scoreboard, live broadcast