Canelo Alvarez thoroughly outclasses Avni Yildirim, makes him quit on the stool

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Canelo Alvarez's goal is to become the undisputed super middleweight champion. He had the chance to continue the journey Saturday night against Avni Yildirim at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami with his WBA (super) and WBC titles at stake.

Alvarez showed why there are levels to boxing as he put on a master class, making the mandatory challenger quit on his stool in between the third and fourth round to retain his belts. DAZN News had the fight scored 30-26 for Alvarez at the time of the stoppage.

"I come here to do my job," Alvarez said in his DAZN post-fight interview through an interpreter. "I come to win, and I come to make history. I feel strong, fast, and comfortable (at 168). I'll fight anyone. I always fight the best. It doesn't matter. I had to fight against Yildirim to unify 168."



Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) let Yildirim know right away it wasn't going to be his night when he sent him back with a left hand in the first punch of the fight. From there, school was in session.

The 30-year-old did a little bit of everything. He pounded Yilidirim's body with one thunderous left hook after another. He would throw combinations, starting with a short right uppercut and punctuate the sequence with another left hook to the body or a vicious uppercut. 

The end was near in the third round when Alvarez connected on a left jab followed by a laser straight right hand, which sent the Turkish challenger to the canvas. Alvarez tried to put him away, but Yildirim somehow survived. Walking back to his corner, one could sense the spirit was taken out of him.

Yildirim's head trainer Joel Diaz kept screaming at him to do something besides standing there and being a punching bag, or he would stop the fight after the fourth round if he didn't show him. Yildirim, looking dejected, didn't respond. He also didn't make it to the fourth round.

When Alvarez stood up in his corner, waiting for the round to begin, Yildirim told Diaz and his corner that he didn't want to continue.

Since losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013, Alvarez is 13-0-1 with seven wins via stoppage.

What's next for boxing's pound-for-pound king?

After the fight, it was announced that Alvarez would face WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders on May 8 in a 168-pound title unification bout. 



Here is what happened at Canelo vs. Yildirim.


Battle of the heavyweights

Up next at Canelo vs. Yildirim is Zhilei Zhang taking on Jerry Forrest in heavyweight action. Zhang (22-0, 17 KOs), a 2008 Olympic silver medalist had a good peformance in his last time out when he knocked out Devin Vargas in November.

Forrest (26-4, 20 KOs) looks to rebound after losing in his last time out to former heavyweight title challenger Carlos Takam in July. 

A big test for Zhang who is being groomed for a possible showdown with Anthony Joshua in 2022. 

Canelo's in the house

The pound-for-pound king has arrived at Hard Rock Stadium. 



Diego Pacheco beats Rodolfo Gomez Jr. to remain undefeated

Pacheco def. Gomez via unanimous decision (79-73, 79-73, 79-73).

Not Pacheco's best performance by any stretch. But the good thing about it was Pacheco went eight rounds and still had his stamina at the final bell. 

Pacheco goes to 11-0 with eight knockouts.


Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of Canelo vs. Yildirim. Any time boxing's biggest star is fighting, it proves to be an exciting night of action. Grab the refreshments, find a seat on the couch and let's enjoy the fights!

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