Oscar De La Hoya Speaks On Canelo’s Win Over Avni Yildirim
Oscar De La Hoya has given his take on Canelo Alvarez’s victory over Avni Yildirim.
On February 27, Canelo put the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Super-Middleweight Titles on the line against Yildirim. This was the first time Canelo put the 168-pound gold up for grabs. Yildirim was outmatched from the start as he had no answer for Canelo’s pressure. Yildirim was dropped in the third round and didn’t make it out of his corner for the fourth round.
De La Hoya, who once promoted Canelo under Golden Boy Promotions, gave his reaction to the victory during an interview with BoxingScene.com.
“I think I saw one round and then I felt this isn’t going to go one or two more rounds. He’s Canelo. He’s the biggest star in boxing today. I respect that. But when you’re fighting your sparring partner we obviously should already know the result.”
De La Hoya praised Canelo for staying active but he did question the level of competition.
“When I fought five times (in 1997) I fought a whole different level of fighters than (Alvarez) would be fighting but my hat’s off to him. If he wants to fight four times this year, my hat off to him because he’d be an active fighter who would keep boxing in the news, which is good for everybody.
“I respect him for (wanting to be the undisputed super middleweight champion). I applaud him for that. I wish him all the best.”
Canelo is expected to do battle with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders on May 8.