Super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez wins fight against Avni Yildirim.
Canelo Alvarez, with a record of 55-1-2 and 36 knockouts, easily dispatched of Avni Yildirim, from Istanbul, in three rounds on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Read on for a recap of the battle.
Canelo Alvarez wins the super-middleweight title fight with a convincing victory over his opponent. Anl Yildirim
When Avni Yildirim didn't answer the bell for the fourth round, Canelo Alvarez scored a technical knockout and kept his world super-middleweight titles Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
In the middle of the third round, Alvarez of Mexico knocked out the Turkish challenger with a left-right combination to the head. Yildirim was pinned against the ropes as Alvarez continued to throw combinations. While Yildirim made it through the round, he took enough damage for his trainer Joel Diaz to pull the plug.
Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) retained his titles from the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Association with this win.
It was my duty, Alvarez said, so I came and did it. I needed a knockout to win, and I got one. ”
The main event of the fight marked the debut of boxing at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins' home for the past 34 years.
Slowly but surely, Alvarez took control of the first round by landing lead left jabs to the head and lefts and rights to the body.
In the second round, Alvarez landed uppercuts and scored repeatedly with combinations to the body. Yildirim (21-3) threw very few punches, and when he did, Alvarez easily blocked or slipped them. Alvarez kept his distance and cranked up his output, but he was also effective at punching from a distance and landed a flush counter right to the head.
Alvarez said of Yildirim, who fought at light-heavyweight before dropping to 168, "It doesn't matter if he is stronger or taller." "Even if he has a great coach, it won't help. I'm here to do my duty. ”
Tonight there was only one direction of travel.
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The fight on Saturday was the first of what Alvarez hopes will be a busy year of title defenses. WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders is interested in a May fight with Alvarez, who has said that preliminary talks have taken place. The fourth belt awarded by the sanctioning body is held by Caleb Plant.
Inactive as of February After being named a mandatory challenger by the WBC, Yildirim finally got his chance to fight Alvarez in 2019.
Both Alvarez and Yildirim weighed 167 pounds, which is one pound less than the 168-pound limit for the super-middleweight division.
McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico defeated late replacement Abraham Rodriguez via technical knockout in the fifth round to claim the vacant second-tier world flyweight title. Arroyo was supposed to fight for the WBC flyweight title against Julio Cesar Martinez on Thursday, but Martinez pulled out due to a hand injury.
Third round knockout: Canelo Alvarez over Avni Yildirim.
At the beginning of the round, Canelo Alvarez throws a hard left hook that is partially blocked but still lands and causes damage, causing Avni Yildirim to stumble a little.
Soon enough, Alvarez settles into his shots and unleashes a ferocious left-right combo that leaves Yildirim on the floor.
Although Yildirim plays it off with humor, he is clearly shaken up by the blow. Yildirim makes it to the next round. If Yildirim doesn't do anything, trainer Joel Diaz will stop the fight. A few seconds later, the fight is called off because Yildirim won't get off his stool.
Even though the outcome of Alvarez's stay-busy fight was anticlimactic, it was the one that everyone expected.
Alvarez, who already holds the titles of WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine, will next fight WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 8, during Cinco de Mayo weekend.
Canelo Alvarez punched Avni Yildirim 67 times in 9 minutes, while Yildirim only managed to throw 11. #CaneloYildirimFebruary 28, 2021 — Manouk Akopyan (@ManoukAkopyan)
Canelo Alvarez maintains his lead in the second round.
Canelo Alvarez comes out swinging in the second round with uppercuts, jabs, and a left hook to the liver that leaves the opponent reeling. So far, Alvarez's timing, patience, and power have all been spot-on.
Alvarez appears to be engaging in high-stakes target practice, with Avni Yildirim acting as a stationary and seemingly defenseless target.
To date, Yildirim has provided no response. That guy is just a walking weight.
Canelo Alvarez lands a few solid blows in the first round.
Canelo Alvarez's seven-minute ring walk to the tunes of pop artist J Balvin finally comes to an end, and he reveals the Miami Vice–inspired pink accents on his trunks and gloves.
A looping left hook from Alvarez to the head of Avni Yildirim starts off the night's heavy hitting, and is followed by a body shot. Alvarez's throws and lands are perfect, and he easily takes the round.
It's clear that Yildirim isn't interested in picking a fight at this point.
To beat Alavrez, Yildirim will need to play a flawless game. After a sluggish beginning, let's see if he finally throws a pitch.
As he approaches the ring, Canelo Alvarez moves slowly.
Canelo Alvarez Fight: It's almost time for the Avni Yildirim fight to begin. As Yildirim anxiously waits, Alvarez enters the ring at Hard Rock Stadium.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is a star-studded event in Miami, and the stars are out in force. War with Avni Yildirim
Famous people are expected to arrive in Miami tonight.
Fight between Canelo Alvarez and Our next speaker is Avni Yildirim.
On Friday, representatives from Matchroom Boxing told The Times that the main event ring walk would take place at 7:35 p. m PT
In a fight between McWilliams Arroyo and Abraham Rodriguez, Arroyo came out on top and now holds the interim WBC flyweight title.
WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez, a stablemate of Canelo Alvarez's, was forced to withdraw from Thursday's title defense due to a hand injury; as a result, McWilliams Arroyo (21-4, 16 KOs) was matched up with Canelo Alvarez's stablemate Abraham Rodriguez (27-3, 13 KOs) in the co-main event.
Arroyo, who had previously been knocked out of competition for the title twice, finally got his chance to shine in the fifth round and ended the fight with a knockout.
After landing 100 punches and taking only 28 from his late replacement opponent, Arroyo was clearly the stronger and more dominant fighter.
The 26-year-old Rodriguez was stopped in the fifth round when his corner deemed he had taken enough damage.
Jerry Forrest was knocked down three times by Zhilei Zhang, but he came back to earn a split draw.
After three rounds, Zhilei Zhang (22-0-1, 17 KOs) had Jerry Forrest (26-4-1, 20 KOs) on the canvas all three times. The Chinese heavyweight was unable to put on a convincing finish, which allowed the American to make a late rally and result in a close fight and a split decision.
An even fight ended with one judge siding with Forrest (95–93) and the other two (93–93).
Zhang, a silver medalist in 2008 and again in 2012, was 37 years old when he lost steam in the final stages to Forrest, 32, who had started off slowly. In the eighth round, a fatigued Zhang leaned forward with his head and cut himself above his right eyebrow.
Zhang lost a point in the ninth round due to excessive holding.
Zhang looked like he was on his way out the door in the tenth and final round, but Forrest willed his way to victory by rocking Zhang multiple times.
Zhang's body language in the final seconds was that of a defeated fighter; he turned his back to Forrest and held his hands protectively over his head.
In response to the split draw announcement, Forrest did a backflip and appeared ecstatic about his performance.
The 2021 release of "One Night in Miami"
The city of Miami has revived its boxing scene.
Canelo Alvarez, whose homecoming fight in Mexico was canceled due to the pandemic, is looking to test a new market in the Sunshine State by holding a show in South Beach featuring the sweet science.
Miami Gardens, Florida's Hard Rock Stadium There will be enough room for 15,000 fans to watch Alvarez defend his 168-pound titles against Avni Yildirim at, home of the NFL's Dolphins.
One of the most exciting boxing matches ever, between Aaron Pryor and Alexis Arguello, went down in Miami, Florida, at the Orange Bowl (as it was known back then) on November 17, 1971. 12, 1982
Regardless of the outcome of Alvarez's fight, the greatest performance in Miami boxing history will be that of 22-year-old Cassius Clay, who won the heavyweight title for the first time by forcing Sonny Liston to quit on his stool.
What happened on February The fight, which took place on January 25, 1964, at the Miami Beach Convention Hall, as well as the events that transpired afterward in a Miami motel room, where Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown spent the night, are the subject of this article. provided the basis for Oscar-winning actress Regina King's directorial debut, the Amazon Prime Original film "One Night in Miami," which was released earlier this year.
Promotional video for "One Night in Miami"
It's Canelo Alvarez vs. Top picks and forecasts from Avni Yildirim
Yildirim appears to be finished, which is odd to say about a boxer who never reached his full potential. After suffering a devastating third-round knockout loss to Chris Eubank Jr. has appeared to be sluggish recently Actually, he didn't stand much of a chance, but what the heck. Yildirim lacks the speed and boxing skills to defeat Alvarez, and he also lacks the strength to stop him. It's been over two years since his last fight, and he lost that one. Even though I'm not adverse to stay-busy brawls, I wish this had aired on a more widely-viewed channel. While Alvarez has the option to stop Yildirim at any time, I believe he will let him continue for at least a few rounds. By knockout in the fourth round, Alvarez wins.
Author: L. Dylan Hernandez A Sports writer for the times
Canelo Alvarez has four scheduled fights for 2021, and Avni Yildirim may be the weakest of the bunch. Because of Canelo's speed and technique, his power is dubious, and there are few arguments in his favor. Yildirim is bigger and taller than the Mexican fighter, but he hasn't fought in nearly two years, and the last time he won a fight was in late 2018. Similar to Chris Eubank Jr., Alvarez is not the "best pound-for-pound," but he is one of the best boxers in the world, and he should easily dispatch his opponent. did in 2017 In the end, Yildirim will be caught with a flurry of power shots that could put an early end to the bout. However, in his most recent bouts, Alvarez has been fixated on defensive work, and if he is confident enough, he will treat this fight like a sparring session, ending it in the later rounds. In any case, there isn't much of a chance for a twist.
This was written by L. Eduard Cauich. A Sports writer for the Times (in Spanish)
Saul Alvarez will undoubtedly defeat Avni Yildirim; the only questions are when and how long it will take him to do so. Canelo is the superior fighter because he is more skilled, bigger, and faster. Even though Yildirim is a veteran of several notable bouts, a tough customer, and a puncher with some defense, he still won't be able to defeat the four-weight champion. After sparring with Canelo in 2018, Yildirim may have some insight into his opponent's style, but he still won't have a chance. After five rounds, the Mexican will knock out his opponent.
Authors: L. Jad El Reda and A Editor of Sports for Times en Espaol
Canelo Alvarez's undercard features two promising California fighters, Diego Pacheco and Marc Castro.
In a one-sided beating, promising Fresno phenom Marc Castro (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out MMA fighter-turned-boxer John Moraga (1-3, 1 KO) in the seventh round. He outpunched Moraga 59-9 in the second round, and then knocked him out by dropping him twice.
Considering his 19-7 record in mixed martial arts and 14 bouts in the UFC, Moraga could be more at home there.
Southern L A San Diego, California's Diego Pacheco (11-0, 8 KOs) is a promising up-and-comer, and his victory over Rodolfo Gomez Jr. in a tough fight shows continued growth. (14-4-1, 10 KOs) at super middleweight
All three judges had Pacheco winning by a score of 79-73, so it was a unanimous decision.
Pacheco was a fair bit better with his power and technique than the cagey Gomez, who had never been stopped before.
A total of 117 punches were landed by Pacheco, while only 70 were thrown by Gomez in response.
Pacheco, who will turn 20 later this year, fought for the full eight rounds.
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Before the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight, catch up on some of the major plot developments. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, hosts the Avni Yildirim fight. On the weekend, specifically Saturday
A conversation with Canelo Alvarez, who discusses his boxing career.
Avni Yildirim faces Canelo Alvarez in a head-to-head bout.
At a press conference, Canelo Alvarez and Avni Yildirim discuss their upcoming bout.
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It's Canelo Alvarez vs. Stories from the Tape by Avni Yildirim
Specifically, Canelo Alvarez
A 30-year-old person (born on July 18, 1990)
The city of Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco is home.
He has a record of 54 wins, no losses, and 36 knockouts.
Fight record: 15-1-1 with 8 knockouts in world title bouts
Total Number of Rounds Fought: 414
1.8 meters (1m) tall
Reach: 70 5 inches
A total of 168 pounds
Assume a right-handed stance
Joe "Chepo" Reynoso is in charge as the manager.
Edison Reynoso, aka "Eddy," is the trainer.
Among the notable winners are Callum Smith, Sergey Kovalev, Daniel Jacobs, Rocky Fielding, Gennady Golovkin (who also fought to a draw), and Julio César Chávez Jr. , Kermit Cintrón, and Matthew Hatton; and boxers Liam Smith, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara, Alfredo Angulo, Austin Trout, Josesito López, Shane Mosley, and Kermit Cintrón
Significant defeat: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
An analysis of some of Canelo Alvarez's most devastating blows and knockouts.
Said Avni Yildirim
I was born on August 5, 1991, making me 29 years old.
Inhabitant of Istanbul, Turkey
Statistics: 21-2, 12 KOs
In fights for world titles, he is winless.
Completed rounds: 132
5 feet 11 inches tall 5 inches
Extending a total of 70 inches
In a right-handed stance
Department Head: Ahmet Oner
Joel Diaz, Personal Trainer
Glen Johnson's victories stand out.
Infamous Defeats: Chris Eubank Jr. in addition to Anthony Dirrell
Canelo Alvarez previews the weigh-in and fight against Avni Yildirim.
Keyshawn Davis, who passed up the Olympics to turn pro, has a spectacular first fight.
For the United States' Olympic boxing team at the 2020 Summer Games, Keyshawn Davis was the cream of the crop.
Since the pandemic prevented him from competing in Tokyo for the amateur gold this summer, the highly touted prospect signed a contract with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing and decided to turn pro.
Immediately after turning pro, Davis demolished Lester Brown in the second round on Saturday night.
Boxer Gervonta Davis, of Norfolk, Virginia, won the national Golden Gloves title in 2017. He is an up-and-coming American star.
On Sunday he'll turn 22, and he did something big to mark the occasion.
Also, in the fifth round, super-middleweight prospect Alexis Espino knocked out Ashton Sykes (5-4, 1 KO).
After knocking out Harry Gigliotti in the fourth round, Aaron Aponte cruised to a unanimous decision win over him.
Who is tonight's opponent, Avni Yildirim, who will be fighting Canelo Alvarez?
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Forgive yourself if you haven't heard of the 29-year-old Turkish fighter who goes by the moniker "Mr. "Robot," because this will be only Yildirim's third fight in the United States and his record lacks a significant victory.
This professional has been working for seven years, and they have a training facility in Indio, California. , under the tutelage of respected trainer Joel Diaz; this is their first time working together in an effort to dismantle pound-for-pound great Canelo Alvarez
During Alvarez's 2018 rematch with Gennady Golovkin, sparring partner Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) was an invaluable asset. Jose Antonio Rodriguez Silvencia, who had a record of 3-31-3 prior to being knocked out by Yildirim, was the victim of the latter's savage right hook.
To avoid spending $500,000 on sanctioning fees, Alvarez opted for a fight that has all the hallmarks of a trap.
I don't think he'll have too much trouble with it.
Both times Yildirim has been called on to perform in front of his peers, he has failed dismally. Chris Eubank Jr. was responsible for his first professional loss. at the 2017 World Championships, the third round knockout After cutting Anthony Dirrell above the eye in the seventh round of their rematch in April 2019, Yildirim ultimately lost a technical decision in the 10th.
Dirrell was ahead 96-94 on two cards, and Yildirim was ahead 98-92 on the other when the fight was stopped.
Not long after the bout, Yildirim was found to have tested positive for two PEDs.
The WBC has firmly established Yildirim as a mandatory challenger due to his performance against Dirrell and his eventual patience with sanctioning body semantics.
Since Alvarez recently won the vacant WBC belt from Callum Smith in December, Yildirim can be seen as being in the right place at the right time. David Benavidez, who had won the belt by defeating Dirrell in the aftermath of the Yildirim fight, had to relinquish it after failing a weight check in an August fight.
After nearly two years away from the workforce, Yildirim says he's not returning for the paycheck alone.
The Prime Minister of Turkey, Yildirim, has stated, "I always give my all, and everybody should be ready to see a war." To paraphrase a popular saying, "He's a big champion, everyone knows that I'm set to take my big chance at the world championship title. Right now is my turn. On Saturday, the spotlight shines on everyone. ”
It's starting to look like Alvarez's opponents will need to bottle lightning to beat him.
Istanbul native Yildirim seems like he would be a good fit for the position.
Turkish for "lightning" is "yildirim," and the word itself comes from the word for "light."
When Canelo Alvarez faces off against Probability of an Avni Yildirim win in a bet
It's common knowledge that Canelo Alvarez is a -5000 favorite at most legal U.S. S sportsbooks while Yildirim is a 1400 long shot
Bettors on DraftKings must lay 100 to 1 odds on an Alvarez victory.
To put it in perspective, Buster Douglas was a 42-to-1 underdog when he knocked out Mike Tyson in 1990, and Yildirim will be an even bigger underdog than he.
DraftKings' director of race and sports operations Johnny Avello told The Times that he doesn't expect a competitive match and that betting the round in which the fight will end might be the best bet for gamblers.
Avello explained that the fear of the bettor is due to the fact that "Canelo is such a large price." In other words, betting on Canelo is a waste of money. Too much of your own cash is at risk for a meager return. It is to be anticipated that wagers will be placed on the various props and rounds. Now at 4 1/2 rounds, we’re up You can't deny that Canelo has a good chance of winning, can you? ”
Interestingly, on February 5, a wager of $110,000 was placed on Canelo Alvarez (-4,000). 3 with @WilliamHillUS in the Silver State With Canelo's victory over Avni Yildirim, the bettor stands to win $2,750 if the underdog wins.February 26, 2021 — David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum)
Bet on Alvarez to fight and knock out Gennadiy Golovkin three times before the Kazakh KO artist retires if you really need to scratch that gambling itch.
Canelo Alvarez, who is interested in history and boxing, is competing for the super middleweight championship.
When star boxers like Canelo Alvarez need a little something to tide them over before a fight, they often turn to the relatively unknown Avni Yildirim for a treat.
At Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, on DAZN and pay-per-view, Alvarez will defend his 168-pound WBC title against the mandatory challenger from the Middle East.
Because that's what happens when you're the pound-for-pound champion and a 50-1 favorite over a defenseless, immobile opponent.
Against his former sparring partner who helped him prepare to fight Gennady Golovkin in 2018, Alvarez's (54-1-2, 36 KOs) victory is widely expected to be a formality.
The biggest name in boxing knows that a victory over Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs) won't be a watershed moment, but he's still aiming for super middleweight supremacy and the record books.
In addition to the WBC belt, Alvarez also has the WBA and Ring Magazine titles. He plans to fight WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders and IBF champion Caleb Plant before the end of the year to unify the division.
If he makes it through the challengers, he will make boxing history as the first Mexican undisputed super middleweight champion.
Because "very few people have achieved becoming undisputed champions," Alvarez deemed this feat "important for me and [trainer and manager Eddy Reynoso]." To that end, we say, "and that's a goal for us in the near term." At 168 pounds, Eddy and I have always aimed for the top. We also hope to continue creating landmark moments in the future. For me, having a lasting impact on this sport and its history is crucial. Hence, we're taking these measures. So that I can keep making headlines and be mentioned whenever boxing is brought up. ”
After sitting for 13 months due to the worldwide pandemic and a legal dispute and subsequent divorce from Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez is fighting for the second time in 70 days. In December, Alvarez prevailed over Callum Smith.
The massive activity to which Alvarez has alluded is reminiscent of that of De La Hoya, the last pound-for-pound great to fight as many times as his former understudy plans on, who finished 1997 with a perfect 5-0 record.
Now that he's the captain of his own ship, Alvarez has decided to fight in South Florida in order to keep himself active and, ostensibly, make up for lost money.
While Alvarez is expected to win easily, he isn't making it sound that way.
"All fighters have my utmost respect." As Alvarez put it, "I respect the challenger that is in front of me right now." And I know he's a tough competitor. That he has a wide assortment of equipment is no secret to me. In my mind, it's the same Besides doing my job, I'm also aiming to make history. ”
Among the many upcoming fights, Canelo Alvarez vs. Following the Fight, by Avni Yildirim
Even if you aren't one of the lucky 15,000 people who have tickets to see Canelo Alvarez in his upcoming fight against Gennady Golovkin, you can still watch the fight live online. Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, hosts the Avni Yildirim fight. We would like to suggest some alternate media outlets for your pugilistic TV needs.
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The coverage begins at 4 p. m PST, with the main event's ring walk beginning at 7:35 p. m PT
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The undercard will go like this:
A Case of McWilliams vs. Arroyo WBC interim flyweight champion Abraham Rodriguez (co-main event).
It's Zhang Zhilei versus To fight Jerry Forrest in a heavyweight bout
Contra Diego Pacheco Young Rodolfo Gomez competing in the middleweight division
Against Alexis Espino. Super middleweight champion Ashton Sykes faces off against him.
Matchup: Keyshawn Davis vs. Junior lightweight fight between Lester Brown and Brown
Against Aaron Aponte Junior welterweight bout between Harry Gigliotti and
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