By Carlos Costa
Mexican superstar and pound4pound king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KO’s) stopped Turkish mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KO’s) in 3 chapters to claim the unified WBA/WBC super middleweight World titles today at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Way superior was Canelo punishing and ravaging the 29-year-old Turkish fighter who surrendered in his corner after a visit to the canvas.
Canelo’s class shined tonight, with lethal left uppercuts and crushing hooks to his opponent’s midsection.
Before the fight, the 30-year-old from Guadalajara said that tonight he wanted to fight “perfect.” Indeed, he was.
Yildirim had no weaponry in him to counter-attack that brutal bombardment thrown by the hugely popular red-haired warrior who wants to write his own story as one of the greatest boxers out of Mexico.
Canelo’s next rumble will be a unification war against unbeaten trash-talker Briton WBO super middleweight titlist Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KO’s) live on DAZN.
Canelo’s fight against Saunders – probably for the Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Las Vegas – is expected to be more competitive than what fans witness tonight. Hopefully so.
Many fans would still love to see Canelo fighting Triple G one more time. Would that rematch ever happen? Time will tell.
But tonight was another of Canelo’s world title knock-out win and his many fans could not be more thrilled.
The author Carlos Costa lives in Cebu and can be reached by WhatsApp/Viber at 09184538152.