After a straight-forward victory — that was ended after a blistering third round that forced the Turkish fighter to retire — Canelo announced that on May 8 he’ll be facing U.K.’s undefeated Saunders, in a bout originally scheduled for 2020, that will see the WBA, WBC and WBO super-middleweight championships on the line.
At the home of the Miami Dolphins and in front of 12,000 fans, Canelo made light work of Yildirim. After barely landing a punch on the Mexican and being floored in the third, Yildirim retired on his stool soon after.
The win now leaves 30-year-old Canelo with a professional record of 55-1-2, with his only defeat coming against Floyd Mayweather in 2014.
In other sports news, UFC has released a countdown feature for Jan Błachowicz vs. Israel Adesanya.