By Marina Dash

Canelo Alvarez (55-1-2, 36 KOs) was the heavy favorite against Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs), and he defeated his challenger from Istanbul in three rounds at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Canelo Alvarez outclassed Avni Yildirim and retained his world super-middleweight titles with a technical knockout after Yildirim failed to answer the bell for the fourth round Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Alvarez, of Mexico, dropped the Turkish challenger with a left right combination to the head midway through the third round. Alvarez followed with additional combinations, pinning Yildirim on the ropes. Yildirim survived the round but absorbed sufficient punishment that forced his trainer Joel Diaz to stop the fight.

With the victory, Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association belts.

“I came and did what I had to do,” Alvarez said. “I had to win by knockout and I accomplished it.”

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