Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders will fight to unify the WBA, WBC and WBO super middleweight world boxing titles on May 8.
The Mexican pound-for-pound king arrested Avni Yildirim in three rounds on Saturday night in Miami, and immediately after the victory his next assignment was confirmed.
The fight started with Canelo pulling his jab to find his reach in the first minute and he continued by starting his body attack as Yildirim struggled to land.
Canelo started picking his uppercut in the second round and made the breakthrough in the third with a straight right hand that knocked Yildirim down.
He got back to his feet but continued to take sustained beatings and looked hurt as he walked back to his corner.
Coach Joel Diaz was extremely concerned about his man and told him at the end of the scorching round: ‘I’m going to give you another round and I’m going to stop you.
However, seconds later, apparently dissatisfied with his man’s response, he decided to end it on the spot.
It was then announced that Canelo will face Billy Joe Saunders on May 8.
Regarding Saunders, he said after the fight: “He’s a very difficult fighter. We have to go for it.
“People are talking, but I’m a mature fighter. I know how to control myself. “
This Yildirim fight was a mandatory defense for Canelo after winning the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles by beating Callum Smith in December.
The reason he took the fight was so he could retain his title and pursue his goal of becoming the undisputed champion with all four titles.
That leaves two targets: IBF champion Caleb Plant, whom Canelo intends to pursue in September, and WBO champion Saunders, whom the Mexican will face on May 8.