Canelo aims to become undisputed super-middleweight champion
He barely landed a punch against the brilliant Canelo whose only defeat in an elite career came against Floyd Mayweather in 2014.
Canelo battered Yildirim with body shots until a stiff right hand sent him to the floor and, when the challenger went back to his corner after three rounds, he never emerged again.
Four-weight world champion Canelo will turn his attention to another quick turnaround against Saunders in May, a fight that was initially set for 2020.
Canelo has already beaten six Brits – Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith – but Saunders represents a unique test as an undefeated southpaw.
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