Canelo Alvarez vs Billy Joe Saunders fight confirmed for May date after third-round stoppage of Avni Yildirim

Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will struggle to unify boxing’s WBA, WBC and WBO super-middleweight world titles on Could 8.

Mexico’s pound-for-pound king stopped Avni Yildirim in three rounds on Saturday evening in Miami and, instantly after the win, his subsequent task was confirmed.

Canelo put his opponent down within the third
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The struggle started with Canelo firing out his jab to search out his vary within the opening minute and he adopted up by beginning his physique assault whereas Yildirim struggled to land in any respect.

Canelo began to choose his uppercut in spherical two and made the breakthrough within the third with a straight proper hand which floored Yildirim.

He made it again to his ft however continued to take a sustained beating and regarded damage as he returned to his nook.

Coach Joel Diaz was extraordinarily involved about his man and advised him on the finish of the torrid spherical, ‘I’m gonna provide you with yet one more spherical and I’m gonna cease you.’

Yildirim was not troublesome to hit
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Nevertheless, simply seconds later after seemingly not being glad together with his man’s response, he determined to finish it there after which.

It was then introduced that Canelo will subsequent face Billy Joe Saunders on Could 8.

Relating to Saunders, he mentioned post-fight: “He’s a really troublesome fighter. We have to go for him.

“Folks speak, however I’m a mature fighter. I understand how to regulate myself.”

Canelo is the WBA and WBC super-middleweight champion
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Saunders is the WBO super-middleweight world champion
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This Yildirim struggle was a compulsory defence for Canelo after he gained the WBA and WBC super-middleweight titles by beating Callum Smith in December.

The explanation he took the bout was in order that he might hold onto his title and pursue his objective of changing into undisputed champion with all 4 titles.

This leaves two targets – IBF champion Caleb Plant, who Canelo intends to chase in September, and WBO champion Saunders, who the Mexican will face on Could 8.


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