Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beat Avni Yildirim to arrange a world title unification struggle with Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders on 8 Could.
Mexico’s Alvarez cruised previous Turkish challenger Yildirim to retain his WBC and WBA titles on Saturday, earlier than promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the upcoming bout with Saunders.
Saunders’ WBO title will even be on the road when the pair meet.
The venue for the struggle has but to be determined.
Alvarez, 30, is a four-division world champion who now boasts a document of 55 wins, one defeat and two attracts, together with 37 knockouts.
In the meantime, 31-year-old Saunders boasts an unbeaten document, having received all 30 skilled fights, with 11 knockouts.
The IBF belt is held by American Caleb Plant (21-0), however victory for Canelo will transfer him one step nearer in his bid to develop into the primary undisputed super-middleweight champion in boxing historical past.
“No-one has performed it,” Alvarez mentioned. “I wish to make historical past. No-one has performed it at 168 [pounds].”
Routine victory for Canelo
Yildirim retired earlier than the beginning of the fourth spherical after being knocked down by the Mexican within the third at Miami’s Onerous Rock Stadium.
“I needed to have an incredible struggle and I did what I needed to do,” mentioned Alvarez.
“I wanted a knockout and that is what I did. It would not matter in the event that they’re taller, if they have extra attain, or they have a superb coach.
“I got here to do my job, I got here right here to win.”
Preventing in his first bout since beating Britain’s Callum Smith in December, Alvarez dominated and floored his opponent with a crisp left-right mixture.