As anticipated, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez ran over Avni Yildirim to force him to surrender in his corner at the end of the third round, Saturday night in Miami.
It was a storm of blows from the Canelo, with both hands, from all angles, up and down. And about a Avni Yildirim very limited, with very little will to hit, and that he did not look at all like someone who deserves to be a mandatory challenger by any body.
From the first round, the Canelo began to attack the body systematically, and looking more aggressive, before a Yildirim who didn’t throw any punches in the entire opening round. The match was held in the center of the ring, while the Canelo he sought to delimit his terrain by always punishing the body of the Turk.
In the second round, the Canelo the offensive intensified. He dropped all the weapons in his arsenal, mainly feinting low to nail the uppercut. Kept Yildirim guessing where the blows were coming from. And when Yildirim was covered above, the Canelo went downstairs. The Turk broke the paralysis of the first round a bit, and managed to land a couple of sharp blows, but without much consequence.
The Turk went to the canvas in the opening of the third round. A one-two combination, slow jab to obstruct the view of Yildirim, followed by a violent forehand shot that came dry on the Turk’s face. He went to the canvas and managed to get up, although quite decimated.
Since then, Yildirim adopted the role of prey in survival. The Canelo he kept hitting dry, clean, crisp, hits of all calibers. Until the round ended.
In the corner, the coach Joel diaz, who had promised that we would see a Avni Yildirim transformed and a warrior, he handed over his fighter’s surrender at the first turn. The Turk no longer came out for the fifth round.
As expected, it was a quick and easy fight for him. Canelo. A procedure. As a footnote, the question that so many were asking was confirmed: how is it that a fighter with the boxing poverty of Avni Yildirim became an official challenger?
It will be a question that the World Boxing Council You must respond within the week, and introspect if there is anything to change in the way they perform their rankings.
The Canelo He cleared the process of defending for the first time the world championships that he won last December to Callum smith. And with that, the way was left to face a unification fight against the monarch of the OMB at 168 pounds, Billy joe saunders, who by the way, did not attend Miami as expected to officially announce the fight next May.