The pound for pound king, Canelo Alvarez just made quick work against Yildirim. The event just happened because he was the mandatory challenger, but the champion was never in trouble the whole fight. All his punches passed through even on Yildirim’s guard, which just proves how powerful Canelo is even against bigger guys.
In the fight, Yildirim had no answer to Canelo’s punches. Majority of the fight, he was just covering up which also negates his peripheral view. In the third round, Canelo landed a jab-straight combo that knocked Yildirim down. He did survive the round but his corner told him that he will stop the fight if he does not show any chance of winning. Prior to the start of round 4, his corner decided to stop the fight.
Canelo just proved once more he is on another level. He is also making up for lost time due to his Golden Boy Promotion and DAZN contract issues. Prior to his fight, he just fought 2 months ago which just shows how active he can be.
Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn also confirmed that Alvarez vs Saunders will happen on the expected schedule which is May 8. Canelo’s usual schedule is he has a fight lined up at Cinco De Mayo, last year they were not able to have a fight to pandemic but hopefully the Saunders fight happens.
In his post fight interview, Canelo said the goal stays the same, which is to unify all the belts and become the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion. No fighter or champion has ever done it in this division, so it will surely be in the record books. He said that with all due respect to Mexican greats like Julio Cesar Chavez, he wants to become the greatest Mexican boxer of all time.
Saunders has been calling out Canelo for quite a while but this time might happen. Saunders needs to be in his best shape as he has not fought someone as Canelo’s level. He certainly has the tools to beat Canelo but the question will be how he will execute it, and what shape he is in going to the fight.
They say that Saunders fights to his opponent’s level, so hopefully Canelo will bring the best out of Saunders. Unlike Yildirim, fans see Saunders having a slight chance of winning the fight.