Avni Yildirim has promised to bounce back after last month's disappointing performance against WBC, WBA super middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Yildirim was the WBC's mandatory challenger when he stepped in the ring with Canelo on February 27th at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
The fight was a one-sided showcase for Canelo, who battered Yildirim round after round - until the contest was waved off by Yilridim's corner after three rounds were completed.
The tough Turkish boxer is now looking to return on a date in May and plans to drop down the middleweight limit of 160-pounds. Yildirim, 29-years-old, has fought his entire career at light heavyweight and super middleweight.
"There are victories and there are defeats in sports. I had a heavy defeat. Even though I haven't been in the ring for the last two years or the fact that I've undergone two surgeries, I will not look for excuses even though the opponent in front of me was Canelo, the best boxer in the world," Yildirim stated.
"Congratulations to Canelo. He deserves to be at the top of the world by far. My defeat was very painful, but now it is time to stand up again. As long as I am in good health, I will work harder and come back stronger. I will enter the ring as soon as possible, honor everyone, and if you allow me, I will win your hearts back. I'll make that promise to you. Thank you very much for supporting me until this very today. I also apologize for hurting you [with the loss]. The remedy will come very soon. I'm getting ready for a middleweight match that will take place in May."