Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make a fast return and defend the WBA (Tremendous), WBC and The Ring tremendous middleweight titles towards Avni Yildirim on Saturday evening at Onerous Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Alvarez is returning to motion simply two months after dominating Callum Smith in a unanimous resolution victory that earned him the tremendous middleweight titles. Yildirim is comparatively unknown however is acknowledged because the No. 1 contender by the WBC. He does not pose practically the risk that Smith did, and the oddsmakers have acknowledged this. William Hill Sportsbook has Alvarez as a big favourite and nearly a near-lock to retain his titles.
Contemplating that Alvarez hasn’t misplaced a combat since dropping a majority resolution to Floyd Mayweather greater than seven years in the past, it is no shock that he is the favourite on this bout. As for Yildirim, the Turkish fighter does sport a 21-2 file and he misplaced a spirited technical resolution to Anthony Dirrell in 2019, however his knockout loss to Chris Eubank Jr. stands out like a sore thumb.
Canelo goals to place his necessary title protection to relaxation and transfer on to a possible unification bout towards WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders in Might.
Sporting Information is monitoring reside combat updates and round-by-round highlights from Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim and the undercard. Comply with under for full outcomes from the 2021 combat.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim reside updates, highlights
9:43 p.m.: Mcwilliams Arroyo has claimed the interim WBC title with a fifth-round stoppage. Rodriguez merely could not take the stress and was getting pummelled from pillar to put up. With no conceivable method to win, Rodriguez’s nook stopped the combat to save lots of their fighter from additional injury. We’ll get the Arroyo and Julio Cesar Martinez combat as quickly as Martinez heals.
9:40 p.m.: As anticipated, this combat was one-way visitors. It took a minute for Arroyo to determine Rodriguez however cranked up the stress within the fourth spherical to attain his first knockdown. Rodriguez goes to wish to do one thing particular to keep away from getting stopped within the fifth.
9:16 p.m.: The co-main occasion is up subsequent as McWilliams Arroyo will battle late alternative Abraham Rodriguez for the interim WBC flyweight title. Julio Cesar Martinez broke his hand earlier within the week and Rodriguez flew to Miami on Friday to take his place. Arroyo is absolutely anticipated to win however Rodriguez must be recommended for stepping up on the final minute.
9:10 p.m.: The hype prepare for Zhang Zhilei has been derailed as he finally ends up with a majority draw towards Jerry Forrest regardless of scoring knockdowns within the first three rounds. However the large man was exhausted and allowed Forrest to take over for the second half of the combat. A docked level within the ninth spherical ended up being the difference-maker with one decide seeing it for Forrest 95-93 and the opposite two judges having it even at 93-93. Zhang will definitely want to return to the drafting board and determine what went fallacious.
9:07 p.m.: The combat has definitely circled as Zhang has completed subsequent to nothing in the course of the second half of the combat and misplaced a degree within the ninth spherical whereas Forrest continues to outwork him. Forrest buzzes Zhang late within the 10th with a mix and has the large man harm. Zhang is stumbling across the ring with Forrest giving chase. Zhang manages to outlive however may we’ve got an upset on our arms?
8:51 p.m.: Zhang dropped Forrest as soon as within the first three rounds however Forrest refuses to go away. He is clearly being outgunned all through and continues to press ahead. As we shut out the sixth spherical it seems that Zhang is totally gassed out. Possibly Forrest can mount a comeback?
8:22 p.m.: The heavyweights are about to throw arms subsequent with the big 6-foot-6 Chinese language monster Zhang Zhilei taking over Jerry Forrest. Can Zhilei gather his 23rd victory?
8:09 p.m.: Effectively, he did not get the knockout however Diego Pacheco improved to 11-Zero and went eight rounds for the primary time in his profession with a unanimous resolution victory. Pacheco managed a lot of the motion and appeared to study quite a bit as he begins his climb into title rivalry by dealing with an opponent who had by no means been stopped earlier than. It wasn’t simple but it surely was definitive for Pacheco.
7:51 p.m.: We’re halfway via the combat and each are nonetheless upright. Pacheco is forward however Gomez Jr. has completely come to combat. It is Pacheco’s exercise behind the jab that was completed the job to this point. Can Gomez determine a method to flip this combat round?
7:30 p.m.: Up subsequent is one other younger rising expertise as Diego Pacheco seems to be to stay undefeated towards Rodolfo Gomez Jr. Pacheco’s peak benefit can be nullified right here as each are towering at 6’4″ and share an analogous attain. They’ve each promised quick nights. However who can be on the canvas?
7:24 p.m.: We’re reside in Miami and it did not take lengthy for decent prospect Marc Castro to make his presence felt. Going through former UFC flyweight title challenger John Moraga, Castro made certain there can be no Clay Collard sort of rise from the previous MMA fighter as he dropped his opponent thrice in two rounds to get the stoppage. Castro dropped Morago with the primary jab he threw and it was all downhill from there. A mix dropped Moraga once more within the second spherical and completed him off with a brief uppercut. Castro improves to 2-Zero and it is apparent that he will be difficult for a world title within the subsequent 24 months.
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Canelo vs. Yildirim combat card
- Canelo Alvarez vs. Avni Yildirim for Alvarez’s WBC/WBA tremendous middleweight titles
- McWilliams Arroyo def. Abraham Rodriguez by way of fifth spherical TKO (1:41)
- Zhang Zhilei and Jerry Forrest battle to a majority draw (93-93, 93-93 & 95-93)
- Diego Pacheco def. Rodolfo Gomez Jr. by way of unanimous resolution (79-73, 79-73 & 79-73)
- Marc Castro def. John Moraga by way of 2nd spherical TKO (2:29)
- Aaron Aponte vs. Harry Gigliotti; junior welterweights
- Keyshawn Davis vs. Lester Brown; junior welterweights
- Alexis Espino vs. Ashton Sykes; tremendous middleweights