Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) earned $2.5 million in Saturday's fight against Saul Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) for the super middleweight WBA, WBC and The Ring belts. For the 29-year-old Turk, who competed in the World Boxing Super Series, this was the largest purse in his professional career.
WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (55-1-2, 37 KOs) easily defeated WBC mandatory challenger Avni Yildirim (21-3, 12 KOs) in the main event of the evening at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Canelo dominated every moment of every round. In the third round, he dropped Yildirim with a powerful right hand, and tried to finish Yildirim up to the bell. Yildirim did not come out of the corner after the break.
Avni Yildirim (21-2, 14 KOs) received a visa to the United States and moved his training camp for the fight against Saul Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) in California. Prior to that, the 30-year-old fighter trained in Turkey, where he was accompanied by trainer Joel Diaz.