Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim recap

Canelo Alvarez’s “stay busy” battle passed without occurrence on Saturday, as the very middleweight champ controlled opposition Avni Yildirim on his method to a third-round TKO win in Miami.

After an uneventful preliminary, Alvarez came alive, or a minimum of remained awake while Yildirim permitted him to toss a variety of uncontested shots. Alvarez scored his very first knockdown midway through the 3rd round and remained in control from there.

Yildirim’s fitness instructor might be heard informing his fighter he would permit him to go on like that for another round, however obviously that was excessive. Yildirim was not able to increase for the 4th round, and a one-sided battle was formally over.

Yildirim landed the battle versus Alvarez as a necessary opposition through the WBC, having actually formerly consented to waive that status to establish a battle in between Alvarez and Callum Smith last December. There was little factor for Yildirim to deal with the most significant star in boxing otherwise, as he had actually not combated in 2 years getting in Saturday, lost his last battle and checked favorable for 2 performance-enhancing drugs in Oct. 2019.

Alvarez was a -5000 preferred at BetMGM. That may have been undervaluing his opportunities.

What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?

Alvarez’s win over Yildirim is the primary step of an enormous year that Alvarez has actually prepared, after combating simply as soon as in all o 2020.

Up next is a reported battle versus WBO very middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout on Cinco de Mayo weekend. While the 30-0 Saunders figures to provide a higher obstacle, Alvarez still figures to be greatly preferred as he attempts to combine ever significant very middleweight title.

Eddie Hearn verified after the battle that Alvarez would combat Saunders on May 8.

Despite the fact that Alvarez will have in theory combated 3 times in 6 months if he follows that strategy, Alvarez’s supervisor and fitness instructor stated in December that Alvarez likewise prepares to eliminate on the weekend of Mexican Self-reliance Day in September.

Amongst the possible challengers for that battle is IBF very middleweight victor Caleb Plant. If that’s the strategy, an unbeaten 2021 would make Alvarez the indisputable champ at very middleweight, and even more burnish among the excellent professions in contemporary boxing history.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.