Canelo Alvarez defeats challenger Avni Yildirim in the third round of a super-middleweight title fight at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Alvarez, (55-1-2, 37 KOs), the sport's biggest star and best pound-for-pound fighter, made quick work of his limited foe while defending his WBA and WBC titles at 168 pounds via third-round TKO in front of 15,000 socially distanced fans at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium.
The 30-year-old Mexican star put on quite the performance amid fireworks and a live concert on his walk to the ring alone. After Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) hid behind his high guard for the first two rounds, he finally succumbed to a stiff right cross from Alvarez that dropped him in Round 3.
Canelo Alvarez retires Anvi Yildirim after three rounds
Round 3 (10:54 p.m.): Canelo Alvarez starts off the round with a hard left hook that is partially blocked, but it still lands and causes damage, making Avni Yildirim stumble a bit. Alvarez soon sits down on his shots and follows it up with a hard and straight left-right combo that drops Yildirim on his backside.
The third round begins where the second left off as Canelo repeatedly lands to the body and drops Yildirim with a straight right hand. Yildirim is up but getting pulverized. Canelo looking for the perfect shot to end this. Yildirim manages to survive but it's obvious that this will be over soon. 10-8, Canelo (30-26, Canelo)
Round 2 (10:50 p.m.): Canelo Alvarez starts off the second round strong with vicious uppercuts, followed by jabs and thudding left hooks to the liver. Alvarez’s timing, patience and power is impeccable thus far. Avni Yildirim appears to be a helpless and a stationary target for Alvarez, who is essentially participating in high stakes target practice at this point. Yildirim is not answering with anything at all. He might as well be a heavy bag with legs.
Canelo rocks Yildirim with an uppercut and lands a hook. Canelo is just firing and landing whatever he wants. This is target practice. Canelo with a liver shot, uppercut and hook. This is abusive. Yildirim is nothing more than a heavy bag with legs. 10-9, Canelo (20-18, Canelo)
Round 1 (10:45 p.m.): Canelo Alvarez’s epic seven-minute ring walk from pop artist J Balvin concludes and he unveils his Miami Vice-inspired pink hues on his trunks and gloves. Alvarez lands the first big punch of the night, a looping left hook to the head of Avni Yildirim, and it’s later followed to the body. Alvarez throws and lands just enough to win the round easily.
Canelo opens with a left hook that moves Yildirim. He's wasting little time going on the offensive. Canelo is digging to the body. Yildirim has no answers already. As a fighter known to be aggressive, Canelo has tamed the Turkish warrior. 10-9, Canelo