Canelo Makes Easy Work Of Yildirim
In Miami, Florida, the Hard Rock Stadium was the site for the latest contest that saw Canelo Alvarez make quick work of mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim to retain his WBC and WBA Super-Middleweight titles.
The stoppage for Alvarez (55-1-2,36 KOs) occurred at the end of the third round. It came in a contest that before the opening bell wasn’t expected to go very long against Yildirim (21-2,12 KOs), as he came into this a considerable underdog to the four-division champion.
In front of the allowed 15,000 fans, the contest that had a mini-concert by J. Balvin saw Alvarez back in action since winning the WBA belt from Callum Smith last December.
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The first round of the fight saw Alvarez focus on attacking the body of Yildirim while Yildirim was more patient and very selective with his shots. All in all, there wasn’t much going in, and it played out as a feel-out round between the two.
The second round changed as Alvarez was landing uppercuts early and often while Yildirim still wasn’t really letting his hands go. It became pretty much target practice for Yildirim as he wasn’t able to get anything still going. In the corner after the second round, his trainer Joel Diaz warned Yildirim : no respect for this guy” to have him pick up the action.
The third round saw Yildirim sent down from a one-two by Alvarez early. He beat the count but was pounced on by Alvarez and spent the who round reeling from the attack of Alvarez, who was out to close the show. After the end of the third round, Yildirim’s corner ended the fight, and this main event aired on the streaming service DAZN.
This by many going in knew was a stay busy fight for Alvarez, and he didn’t take too long in this process. Alvarez’s will now free up the mandatory obligation by the WBC, so now he can take on the planned contest against WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th.