This past Saturday night was a complete mismatch, with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez retaining the WBC, WBA super middleweight titles with a three round destruction of Avni Yildirim at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Yildirim was taking punishment, round after round, with his head trainer Joel Diaz deciding to stop the fight before the start of the fourth.
There was a lot of heat on the contest taking place, with most expecting a mismatch, but Canelo was forced to take the fight because Yildirim was the mandatory challenger.
World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman was at ringside, watching the one-sided fight play out.
“I’m sorry for Avni. The paper sometimes doesn’t reflect the actions, and it was very unfortunate. We had great expectations, and it’s a matter where we [at the WBC] need to look into the process that is not working in some roads," Sulaiman told Boxing Social.
“Definitely, there are things that we have to go back and look at what is happening and how things evolve. As I say, [Canelo] was tremendously successful, he was in great shape, and that stage should have been for a much greater fight."
Canelo is now scheduled to return to the ring on May 8th, when he faces undefeated WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders in a three belt unification.
“Tremendous, he’s got a sight in unifying the whole division. That’s a process in how it begins, and we can see a very active year, and hopefully it’ll continue to be like that for Canelo and boxing. A tremendous match, it’s going to be a sensational fight," Sulaiman said.
Should Canelo overcome Saunders, the next target would be a full division unification with unbeaten IBF champion Caleb Plant. That fight would be positioned to take place during Mexican Independence Day weekend in September.