Well, that went about like we expected.
Canelo Alvarez absolutely worked Avni Yildirim in a fight that only lasted three rounds. Considering Alvarez was such a heavy favorite in this one, that shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
The first round wasn’t overly exciting, but the constant blows started mounting up in the second. From there, it didn’t last much longer. Alvarez was having his way with Yildirim, and by the end of the third round, it had hit TKO status.
There were fireworks before the fight even started. No, seriously … it was close to being fireworks.
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) February 28, 2021
Hey, if you’re going to go big, at least back it up. Alvarez … yeah, he backed it up. The tally for total punches favored Alvarez 67-11. Yes, you read that correctly. The punches he landed on Yildirim were brutal, and people noticed.
The moment that secured the win for Canelo 💥 pic.twitter.com/mxofve7qMj
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 28, 2021
One quirk about Canelo fights–I've seen it against Rocky Fielding and now Yildirim–is how often the fighter looks over at their corner to let them know how much getting punched by Canelo sucks.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) February 28, 2021
Now, Alvarez (55-1-2, 36 KO) will turn his attention to Billy Joe Saunders is a super middleweight unification bout. That fight is set to take place on the weekend after Cinco De Mayo, May 8 being the exact date.
Oh, and we can’t forget to give OutKick writer Bobby Burack credit for calling the TKO. It was his favorite bet of the fight.
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