HomeBoxingCanelo Alvarez Drops And Stops Anvi Yildirim After Three Rounds
Canelo Alvarez Drops And Stops Anvi Yildirim After Three Rounds
February 28, 2021
Canelo Alvarez made little work of super middleweight contender Anvi Yildirim, knocking him out in three rounds to retain his WBA and WBA super middleweight titles on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
The fight between Canelo and Yildirim was a mandatory defence that capped an eight fight card and was stopped after Canelo handed the Turkish contender a one sided third round, giving the Referee Telis Assimenios no choice but to halt the scheduled 12 round fight card before the start of the fourth round.
Canelo evidently the best pound for pound fighter in the planet at the moment went into the fight a 50-1 favourite and was able to establish his dominance early in the fight, dropping Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) with a big right in the third and clearly was walking towards a knockout victory over the Turk.
The 30 year old Canelo, defended his WBC and WBA 168 pound titles, just two months after defeating Callum Smith via a unanimous decision to win them at the Alamodome in San Antonio. He has now recorded his quickest stoppage victory since stopping James Kirkland in the third round of their fight back in 2015.
YildirimYildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) got knocked out for the second time in his pro career . Before now, he was knocked out by Englands Chris Eubank back in 2017.
“It’s great to be active,” Alvarez told DAZN’s Chris Mannix in the ring after his easy victory. “It’s wonderful to be here in Miami. And I wanted to have a great fight here. [This was a guy] I needed to knock out, and that’s what I did. I did what I had to do.”
Canelo Alvarez will now turn his focus to an anticipated unification fight with the Undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs). A fight that is scheduled to take place on May 8th at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas or AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is according to the announcement made by the Promoter Eddie Hearn after Canelo successfully defeated Yildirim.
“I’ll fight anyone,” Alvarez said of unifying the titles in the super middleweight division. “I fight the best. I always fight the best. I’ll fight the best at 168. It doesn’t matter, and here I am, making history. I had to fight against Yildirim to have the opportunity to unify at 168. … I had to do it to maintain and keep my title.”
Yildirim was fighting for the first time in two years and became WBC 168 pound mandatory after losing a technical decision to Anthony Dirrell back in 2019 at The Armory in Minneapolis. The fight was for the vacant WBC title David Benavidez vacated after returning a positive Cocaine test.