It’s fight day!
From Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, reigning WBA and WBC super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) puts his titles on the line against mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-2, 12 KOs). This is Canelo’s second fight since departing Golden Boy Promotions and his first of a two-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn. If Canelo wins and is relatively unscathed, a May 8th showdown with Billy Joe Saunders (30-0, 14 KOs) is on deck. If he loses, then this will go down as one of the biggest shocks in recent boxing history.
The undercard... yeah. It was supposed to have WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez in the co-main against McWilliams Arroyo, but he injured his hand and instead we’ll get Arroyo versus Abraham Rodriguez for an interim title on a day’s notice. This is three times that Martinez has pulled out of an event close to fight night in the last six months and this one might sting the most as he’s fun to watch. Also on the card are the usual gaggle of prospect, including Alexis Espino, Diego Pacheco, and US amateur standout Keyshawn Davis’ professional debut.
Don’t believe what DAZN tells you because usually their start times are way off, but let’s say that the main event will be at 10:30 PM ET-10:45 PM ET or thereabouts. It shouldn’t conflict with the UFC whatsoever. We’ll have round by round updates of the main event when it begins.
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Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim round-by-round
Round 1 - Here we go! Left hook by Alvarez is blocked. Uppercut lands for Alvarez. Yildirim with the jab downstairs. Low blow by Canelo. Straight right to the body is clean and so is the left hook downstairs. Yildirim kinda frozen and not doing much. Right hand to the body and a jab by the Mexican. Avni with three straight missed jabs. Connects to the body. More body work by Canelo and then a jab down the middle. Easy round for the champ. 10-9 Canelo.
Round 2 - Nice uppercut by Alvarez lands flush. Left hook catches Yildirim’s attention. Now he clips him with a left uppercut. Yildirim working the jab but Canelo’s jab is more accurate and way better. Left hook to the liver lands. Good combination by Canelo as Yildirim is far too stationary. Another uppercut splits the guard. Body shot by Canelo. A 1-2 by Canelo after a pair of Yildirim misses. Right hand upstairs by Yildirim is blocked and Alvarez retaliates with a left hook and then a counter right. This is as lopsided as expected. Good god these body shots are brutal. Left hook by Yildirim but I don’t think it caught anything but glove. 20-18 Alvarez.
Round 3 - Hey a counter left hook by Yildirim! Alright! Good for him. Right hand by Canelo around the guard. One more left hook to the liver by Canelo and a hard right hand over the top. They trade punches in close quarters but it’s Alvarez doing more damage and there’s a right hand knockdown scored! Only a matter of time. Yildirim smiles as he beats the count but Canelo is ready to go in for the finish. Yildirim with a left hook. Straight right backs up the Turkish fighter. Canelo with over a minute to work with. Solid uppercut by Canelo. Alvarez drills Yildirim with body and head shots aplenty. He survives but for how much longer? 10-8 Alvarez and 30-26 Alvarez.
Round 4 - There is no round 4. Yildirim’s corner just stopped it.
Official result: Canelo Alvarez def. Avni Yildirim by RTD, 3:00 of round 3 to remain WBC and WBA super-middleweight title
Fight Card and Results
- Canelo Alvarez def. Avni Yildirim by RTD, 3:00 of round 3 for Alvarez’s WBC/WBA Super Middleweight titles
- McWilliams Arroyo def. Abraham Rodriguez by TKO, 1:41 of round 5 for the interim WBC flyweight title
- Zhang Zhilei vs. Jerry Forrest ends in majority draw (95-93 Forrest, 93-93, 93-93)- Heavyweight
- Diego Pacheco def. Rodolfo Gomez Jr. by unanimous decision (79-73 x3) - Super Middleweight
- Marc Castro def. John Moraga by TKO, 2:29 of round 2 - Super Featherweight
Marc Castro improves to 2-0 pic.twitter.com/jWPIYV4g7E— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 28, 2021
- Alexis Espino def. Ashton Sykes by TKO, 2:03 of round 5 - Super Middleweight
Alexis Espino gets the stoppage to start off the night— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 27, 2021
Watch the Canelo vs. Yildirim undercard https://t.co/EtZKAuFquo pic.twitter.com/EDnxt0qbsQ
- Keyshawn Davis def. Lester Brown by TKO, 2:50 round 2 - Junior Welterweight
Pro-Debut ✅ @KeyshawnDavis8 gets the stoppage pic.twitter.com/dxmTb7RJuQ— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 27, 2021
- Aaron Aponte def. Harry Gigliotti by unanimous decision (40-34 x3)- Junior Welterweight