Canelo Alvarez vs Avni Yildirim – Outcomes & Publish-Battle Report

Canelo Alvarez comfortably retained his Super Middleweight world titles with a third round stoppage of Avni Yildirim in Miami on Saturday Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
Canelo Alvarez comfortably retained his Tremendous Middleweight world titles with a 3rd spherical stoppage of Avni Yildirim in Miami on Saturday Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez did precisely as anticipated, as he simply defended his WBC, WBA ‘Tremendous’ and Ring Journal Tremendous Middleweight titles on the Arduous Rock Stadium in Miami, forcing necessary challenger, Avni Yildirim, to retire from battle after three one-sided rounds.

Canelo (55-1-2, 37 KOs) was final seen as just lately as December 2020, dominating Callum Smith to reign supreme on the weight, whereas Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) was fortuitous to be in his lofty place having not fought in over two years, since defeat to Anthony Dirrell in a problem for the WBC belt. A mismatch was anticipated, and that’s precisely what occurred.

After some spectacular ring walks and pyrotechnics, it was right down to enterprise. A left hook throughout the first 20 seconds from the four-weight world champion, moved the challenger, and the Mexican was in full management as Yildirim made a gradual begin.

The 30-year-old landed a tough uppercut to start the second, with the Turk trying like a rabbit in headlights because the champion fired nearly at will, with a number of energy photographs discovering the mark.

Yildirim was providing little, and this was solely ever prone to play much more into Canelo’s palms, and a straight left-right mixture in spherical three dropped him.

He survived the rely, however was damage to the physique on the resumption as Alvarez poured on the strain. It turned out that the strain was method an excessive amount of, as within the break between rounds three and 4, Yildirim’s nook pulled their man out of the competition.


Ideas swiftly turned to the long run, and subsequent up for the pound for pound celebrity might be Britain’s WBO champion, Billy Joe Saunders on Might 8, with a venue to be confirmed.

“I wanted the knockout, and I did what I needed to do,” mentioned Alvarez to DAZN post-fight.

Alvarez dropped Yildirim heavily in the third round and he did not come out for the fourth round Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing
Alvarez dropped Yildirim closely within the third spherical and he didn’t come out for the fourth spherical Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

“I come to win and I come to make historical past. I really feel sturdy and quick at Tremendous Middleweight, I’ll combat the most effective at 168, I needed to combat Yildirim to maintain my championships.”

“He’s a really tough fighter [Saunders] and he’s a great world champion, however we need to unify titles. I’m a really mature fighter. All I’ve to do is go into the ring, win, and make historical past”.

Eddie Hearn introduced: “Final yr we missed out on Cinco de Mayo, however this yr, it’s going to be very particular. On Might eighth, Canelo will proceed to make historical past making an attempt to unify the division once more towards Billy Joe Saunders.”

Arroyo stops late substitute Rodriguez

The undercard was disrupted simply two days from combat evening, as WBC Flyweight champion, Julio Cesar Martinez, was unable to defend his title on account of a hand harm.

His authentic opponent, McWilliams Arroyo, was nonetheless in a position to contest for an interim model of the belt, and he duly grabbed this chance with a fifth spherical stoppage of late discover opponent, Abraham Rodriguez (27-3, 13 KOs).

McWilliams Arroyo stopped Abraham Rodriguez to become WBC Interim Flyweight champion Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
McWilliams Arroyo stopped Abraham Rodriguez to change into WBC Interim Flyweight champion Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs) was in no temper for complacency, and a thudding physique shot dropped the Mexican to a knee within the fourth. The top was solely a spherical in coming, and with Arroyo on the assault with hurtful punches, his nook motioned to the referee to halt the competition.

Forrest rallies again to earn draw towards Zhang

A lot was anticipated of Chinese language Heavyweight Zhilei Zhang, however he suffered a giant setback, as he was held to a majority draw towards Jerry Forrest over ten rounds.

Zhang (22-0-1, 17 KOs) scored knockdowns in every of the primary three rounds, however he pale terribly over the course of the combat, permitting Forrest (26-4-1, 20 KOs) to repeatedly financial institution rounds.

Zhang knocked down Forrest in each of the opening three rounds Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
Zhang knocked down Forrest in every of the opening three rounds Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

‘Huge Bang’ was docked some extent within the ninth for extreme holding, and he can solely be grateful that the combat wasn’t over the championship distance, as a result of the final spherical had him out on his ft and barely in a position to stand, as he turned his again on the motion via sheer exhaustion.

Ultimately, solely the knockdowns price Forrest the win, as two scores of 93-93 have been sufficient to rule a 95-93 verdict for the American redundant.

Forrest celebrates after fighting back to earn a draw Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
Forrest celebrates after combating again to earn a draw Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Within the two Tremendous Middleweight sights on the invoice, Diego Pacheco (11-0, 8 KOs) took an eight spherical resolution win over Rodolfo Gomez Jr (14-5-1, 10 KOs) by three scores of 79-73, whereas Alexis Espino (7-0, 5 KOs) stopped Ashton Sykes (5-4, 1 KO) within the fifth of their six rounder.

Sizzling prospect Marc Castro moved to 2-0 (2 KOs) because the Californian Tremendous Featherweight stopped John Moraga (1-3, 1 KO) in two rounds.

Tremendous Light-weight Aaron Aponte (2-0, 1 KO) took a lopsided 40-34 win for all three judges over 4 towards Harry Gigliotti (6-2, 3 KOs) who was down within the final spherical and in addition docked some extent for a headbutt.

Keyshawn Davis (1-0, 1 KO) made his skilled debut, and he impressed in stopping Lester Brown (4-3-3, 1 KO) in two rounds of their Light-weight bout.

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