Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs set for Middleweight Unification Bout
WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will fight IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs in a unification bout this weekend in Las Vegas.
Updated: May 2, 2019 • 11:57 AM ET
Canelo Alvarez is looking to add another title to his collection this weekend.
A middleweight title unification bout will go down this Saturday, as Canelo Alvarez will put his WBA and WBC titles on the line with an opportunity to collect IBF champion Daniel Jacobs’ belt at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Alvarez will ride two straight victories into the fight, defeating Gennady Golovkin by majority decision in September to win the WBA and WBC titles, followed by a TKO victory over Rocky Fielding in December. The victories followed a split-decision draw against Golovkin in September 2017, and Alvarez hasn’t lost a fight since 2013, which came by majority decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Since losing to Mayweather, the 28-year-old Alvarez has defeated fighters such as Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Liam Smith and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) also has key wins over Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez and Austin Trout.
In October, Alvarez signed the then-richest contract in sports history, inking an 11-fight deal with DAZN worth $365 million (since surpassed by Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout). Still, Alvarez knows he’s in for a tough fight with Jacobs.
"It's going to be very difficult,” Alvarez told La Gazzetta. “He's a very complete fighter. He moves very well inside the ring and he's taller than me.
“I’m training to take care of the details that can be decisive in order to be able to counteract his best punches. I will not deny that it will be a very complicated night.”
Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is coming off a split-decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko in October to win the vacant IBF title. The win was his third straight after losing by unanimous decision to Golovkin in 2017, while he also has key victories over Maciej Sulecki, Luis Arias, Sergio Mora (twice), Peter Quillin, Caleb Traux and Jarrod Fletcher.
The 32-year-old Jacobs is confident in his abilities.
“I know that he’s going to bring the best that he can bring, but it’s inevitable to overlook some of his flaws,” Jacobs said during a recent conference call. “So for my team, we’ve created not only Plan A, Plan B and Plan C, but a few game plans to exploit Canelo’s weaknesses.”
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Jacobs owns the nickname “Miracle Man” after beating a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma in 2012. He wasn’t supposed to walk again, let alone ever fight again, but he has become a champion and now has the opportunity to unify against one of the most popular champions in recent memory.
“I’ve never been vocal about where I place myself in the pound-for-pound [list],” Jacobs said. “I’ve just been grateful that I’ll be able to be on the list…My job is to go there and be the best fighter that I can be and let the fan and the boxing public choose where they place me.”
The rest of the card
(via Bad Left Hook)
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Mauricio Herrera
Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Jonathan Oquendo
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Freddy Fonseca
Sadam Ali vs. Anthony Young
John Ryder vs. Bilal Akkawy
Alexis Espino vs. Billy Wagner
• The main card can be seen this Saturday on DAZN at 9 p.m.