Canelo Alvarez continues to impress. On Saturday night, the Mexican star improved his record (52-1-2, 34 KOs) by successfully defending his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles against a very game Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) via unanimous decision.
The bout, aired on DAZN from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, saw Canelo come out to a strong lead early before holding off an attack from Jacobs over the second half of the fight. Scores read 116-112 and 115-113 in Canelo’s favor.
Canelo showed tremendous head movement and a great boxing style before Jacobs stepped up his game late to make it close.
“It was just what we thought,” said Canelo afterwards. “We knew he was going to be a difficult fighter, but thank god we did things the right way, what we were going to do. It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings but we just did our job.”
When asked about the future for his fighter, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya named a third fight with Gennady Golovkin, WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith, and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev as options.
For Canelo, it’s about testing himself at this point.
“I’m just looking for the biggest challenge. That’s all I want,” said Alvarez, who also spoke about a third fight with Golovkin.
“No, for me, it’s over,” said Alvarez. “But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.”
Jacobs got off to a slow start but showed great boxing savvy and a willingness to engage late. The Brooklyn fighter says he’ll have to re-watch the fight to get a better sense of what happened.
“I feel accomplished, l feel great,” said Jacobs. “I have to go back to look at the tapes to see exactly what the judges thought. They said to me, that I was up, so I was still pushing forward because I wanted to finish strong. He’s a tremendous champion and I tip my hat to him. I gave my all out there. You’ll see Daniel Jacobs bigger and better next time.”
That leads us to the next question, what is next for each man?
For Canelo, he has risen to the top of the pound for pound lists of many boxing media members and fighters a like. Victories over Jacobs, as well as Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Erislandy Lara, Austin Trout, and others have helped to cement his status. Alvarez’s only defeat was in September of 2013 to Floyd Mayweather.
Jacobs missed the next-day weigh-in, where he would have been met with a requirement to weigh under 170 pounds, a request put in by Alvarez’s team. Jacobs reportedly weighed over 173 pounds at the second-day weigh in and likely was around 180 or more on fight night.
Jacobs’ weight is a big concern, and his promoter Eddie Hearn would like to see him eventually, sooner than later, rise up to super middleweight. What we can take away from this for Jacobs is that he fought well, even if not good enough to get the win, and he will have many options ahead of him if he moves up or not.
And for Canelo, so too might the biggest challenges lie ahead at 168 and 175 pounds. Canelo is chasing greatness and when all is said and done he could go down as an all-time great if he continues winning like he has.
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