Canelo Alvarez dominates Avni Yildirim by third-round TKO

Canelo Alvarez managed to claim knockout victory against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim. Alvarez needed only 3 rounds for that.

Yildirim’s corner threw in the towel at the end of the third round, and Alvarez picked up a TKO victory to retain his WBC and WBA super middleweight belts Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

After the fight, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn confirmed that Alvarez will face WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout on May 8 at a location to be determined.

“I wanted to have a great fight here,” Alvarez told the crowd, which was capped at 15,000 because of COVID-19 restrictions. “I needed to knock [him] out, and that’s what I did. That’s what I had to do.”

“I want to make history,” Alvarez said in the postfight interview. “I want to be one of the best in the world.”

Punch Stats

Total landed 67 11
Total thrown 168 105
Percent 40% 11%
Jabs landed 9 7
Jabs thrown 69 87
Percent 13% 8%
Power landed 58 4
Power thrown 99 18
Percent 59% 22%
— Courtesy of CompuBox

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