Saul “Canelo” Alvarez demolished Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in three rounds to retain his WBC and WBA super middleweight titles by knockout on Saturday.
Mexican Alvarez dominated the underdog Yildirim from the opening bell and sent the Turk crashing to the canvas with a clean left-right combination in the third round at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The outclassed Yildirim then failed to come out of his corner for the fourth round as Alvarez once again demonstrated why he is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
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“I wanted to have a great fight here and did what I had to do,” Alvarez said.
“I needed a knockout and that’s what I did. It doesn’t matter if they’re taller, have more reach, or have a good trainer. I came to do my job, I came here to win.
Alvarez, who improved to 55-1-2 with 37 knockouts, returned to the ring on Saturday just over two months after beating Britain’s Callum Smith in December.
After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn said the 30-year-old Mexican star will next look to add the World Boxing Organization belt to his collection with a May 8 fight against Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders.
The Saunders fight will be the next step in Alvarez’s quest to become the first undisputed super middleweight champion in boxing history.
“Nobody did it,” Alvarez said. “I want to write history. No one did it at 168 years old. “
Meanwhile, Alvarez brushed off any suggestions he wanted to be remembered as the greatest boxer Mexico has ever produced.
“I respect everyone but I want to write my own story,” Alvarez said.
Saturday’s fight will give Saunders plenty to think about after Alvarez produces his signature blend of technical skill and punching power to overwhelm mandatory challenger Yildirim.
The 29-year-old Turk, fighting for the first time in two years, looked hesitant from the start as Alvarez landed a series of body hooks and upercuts to easily win the first round.
The second round followed an identical pattern, with Yildirim barely offering any sort of resistance as Alvarez mercilessly worked his opponent’s rib cage.
The end came after a third round where Alvarez again launched the attack against a passive Yildirim.
A right to the left of Alvarez smashed Yildirim’s guard and landed on his chin and the next right sent the Turk swinging towards the web.
Although Yildirim held on for the remainder of the turn, the end was near. As Yildirim collapsed onto his stool, trainer Joel Diaz could be heard telling his fighter that he would only give him one more turn before throwing in the towel.
In this case, it has never gone so far that Yildirim failed to come out for Alvarez’s fourth victory by technical knockout.
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