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Canelo Disposes Of Yildirim In Three!

By: Coach K

February 27th, Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida: Leading a Matchroom Boxing, Saul Alvarez co-promotion Guadalajara, Mexico’s, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez retained his WBA & WBC Super Middleweight titles with a three round surgical eradication of Istanbul, Turkey’s, Avni “Turkish Wolf” Yildirim.


The consummate champion Canelo superior in all facets controlled the action from the opening sound immediately made that fact clear driving “Turkish Wolf” to the ropes with a heavy uppercut effectively handcuffing and pounding the rugged Turk’s body.


The slippery and defensively sound champion would continue his effective offensive attack in round two slipping a big “Turkish” shot answering in combination dissecting his overmatched challenger with clean hooks and upper cuts.


Continuing to take the fight to Yildirim in round three, bringing down the dispirited challengers guard with ripping body shots the champion Canelo would seat the overmatched Turk with a penetrating right. Making it upright, beating the referee Telis Assimenios count the obviously confused and thoroughly shaken Yildirim driven to the ropes by a measured and calculated two handed attack somehow surviving a Canelo surgical onslaught only to have his trainer Joel Diaz having seen enough calls the beating to a close seated between rounds three and four.


Immediately announced Alvarez already set to face WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 8th improves to 55-1-2, 37Ko’s while the out classed Yildirim falls to 21-3, 12Ko’s. 

In the remanufactured co-feature, Fajardo, Puerto Rico’s, McWilliams Arroyo captured the vacant WBC interim World Boxing Council Interim Flyweight Title with a fifth round TKO stoppage of Tijuana, Mexico’s, Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez.


Arroyo thumped and pounded Rodriguez with heavy hooks and body shots putting the Julio Cesar Martinez (hand injury) one days’ notice late replacement on a knee in round four.


 “Choko” having moved up two weight classes, now in full defensive mode in round five unable to hold off Arroyo’s combination punching power attack would have the fight called by Rodriguez corner prompting referee Sam Burgos to stop the fight at 1:41 of the fifth round. Arroyo climbs to 21-4, 16Ko’s while Rodriquez four bout victory run comes to a close at 27-3, 13Ko’s.

In a meeting of southpaw heavyweights Bloomfield, New Jersey, based China 2008 and 2012 Olympian, Zhilei “Big Bang” Zhang and Newport News, Virginia, 32-year-old, Jerry “Slugger” Forrest battled to a ten round majority draw.


The 37-year-old, 6’6”, Zhang showing his “Big Bang” early dropping the 32-year-old, slugger Forrest once in each of the first three frames tiresomely held off (on) Forrest second half surge inspired partially by a ninth round Zhang point deduction for holding for a 95-93 Forrest, 93-93, 93-93, Zhang zero saving majority draw. Zhang escapes 22-0-1, 17Ko’s while Forrest 1-2-1, in his last four moves to 26-4-1, 20Ko’s.

In a quality step up bout LA, super middleweight, Diego Pacheco passed the test scoring an eight round unanimous decision over Laredo, Texas, Rodolfo “Cobrita” Gomez Jr.


The 31-year-old, “Cobrita” Gomez taking some of Pacheco’s best shots many times responding in kind saw the 19-year-old, 6’4” LA amateur standout land the cleaner heavier shots highlighted by solid straight rights and chopping hooks grab the judge’s attention for a solid 79-73 times three eight round unanimous decision win. Pacheco graduates to 11-0, 8Ko’s while Gomez Jr’s. three bout winning streak comes to an end at 14-5-1, 10Ko’s.

Fresno, California, highly touted 21-year-old, super featherweight Marc Castro continued to impress stopping Phoenix, Arizona’s, John Moraga in two rounds.


The quick handed Castro dropped the 31-year-old former UFC fighter early in round one with a sharp, stiff jab continuing the same in round two sitting down on his shots returning the former UFC fighter to the canvas for a second time with a driving right hand. Getting vertical and allowed to continue only to immediately returned to the canvas by a Castro left upper cut the referee would step in and wave it over at 2:29 of round two. Castro improves to 2-0 as Moraga drops to 1-3.

In a special four round lightweight attraction, Norfolk, Virginia, highly decorated amateur Keyshawn Davis, impressed in his pro-debut dropping and stopping Nassau, Bahamas, Lester Brown in two rounds.


The patient and extremely focused Davis tool charge from the opening stalking and measuring Brown with sharp clean punches in round one kept up the pressure in round two methodically opening Brown up with a variety of shots cutting off the ring walking him into a canvas finding chopping right. Immediately returning to work with a stiff, steering jab and concentrated body attack moved Brown to the corner for a volley an unanswered power shot forcing referee Telis Assimenios to step in and wave the bout over at 2:48 of round two.


The already pro styled 22-year-old, Davis jumps out 1-0, 1KO as the 25-year-old, Brown winless in his last five falls to 4-3-3, 1Ko.


Following a slow start Las Vegas, Nevada, 21-year-old, super middleweight, Alexis Espino found his rhythm and got on track taking the fight to Columbia, Maryland’s, Ashton Sykes our working, out punching the tough Marylander prompting referee Chris Young to put a stop to the bout at 2:03 of round five. Espino remains unbeaten at 7-0, 5Ko’s as Sykes three bout success closes at 5-4, 1Ko.


Hialeah Gardens, Florida, 19-year-old, super lightweight, Aaron Aponte out boxed Haverhill, Massachusetts, Harry Gigliotti dropping the out classed “Hitman” in round four enroute to a one way 40-34 times three (one point deduction for a headbutt) four round unanimous decision. Aponte climbs to 2-1, 1Ko while Gigliotti slides to 6-2, 3Ko’s.


About Hard Rock Stadium

Hard Rock Stadium is a global entertainment destination that recently completed a $755 million, multi-year renovation privately funded by Managing General Partner & Chairman of the Board Stephen Ross to transform the iconic venue into the best Miami has to offer in world-class fare, art, culture and an elevated guest experience. Home to the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami college football, the Capital One Orange Bowl game, Jazz in the Gardens, Rolling Loud and the Miami Open presented by Itau, Hard Rock Stadium features world-class entertainment and demonstrates its versatility in hosting a wide variety of events. The stadium has hosted six Super Bowls (XXIII, XXIX, XXXIII, XLI, XLIV and LIV), the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl and four BCS National Championship Games (2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013). El Clasico Miami, the first meeting of soccer giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in North America, was hosted at the venue in 2017. Hard Rock Stadium regularly hosts the Brazil Men’s National Soccer Team for a series of matches, and the venue has showcased Drone Racing League since the launch of the franchise. In 2021, the venue hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship.


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About Matchroom Boxing

After the success of snooker in the 1980s, Matchroom Sport moved into boxing with two small hall shows followed by Frank Bruno v Joe Bugner at Tottenham Hotspur’s ground – the biggest boxing event of 1987. That launched the company into the boxing big-time, a position it has maintained ever since.


Through the 1990s Matchroom Sport’s boxing roster featured many of the biggest names in the sport including Lennox Lewis, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins and Naseem Hamed, all in world title fights and it continues to work with some of the biggest names in UK boxing including Audley Harrison, the 2000 Olympic Super-Heavyweight gold medalist.


Over the years, Matchroom Sport has built up long-standing relationships with broadcasters around the world and with the advent of the Prizefighter phenomenon, the company’s boxing division has never been in a stronger position.


From fantastic six round scraps between the sport’s journeymen, up to multi-million-dollar World Championship contests featuring the above fighters, the Pro Box series has it all. Each show is packed with the very best in boxing action in a series that encompasses almost 25 years of Matchroom Sport’s commitment to bringing the highest quality to the global television market.

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