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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez v Daniel Jacobs, Free Bets & Betting Offers, Saturday 4th May, T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas

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While most of the boxing world is looking towards the likely re-match of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury or the matchup between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller to see if ‘Big Baby’ can cause an upset, the middleweight discipline has quietly gone about setting up a unification fight that is sure to be every bit as entertaining and exciting.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez holds the WBC and WBA titles after landing Gennady Golovkin with his first career defeat in September, whilst Daniel Jacobs beat Serhiy Derevianchenko the month after to claim the IBF title.

It’s tempting to paint this match-up in political terms, given that Jacobs is American and Alvarez is Mexican, but with the bout being held on the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo it feels like it’s already got fireworks attached to it. That Jacobs spent more than a year and a half out of boxing altogether as he battled bone cancer also adds to the story, losing just once since his return to the sport in 2012. That loss came at the hands of the aforementioned Gennady Golovkin, who Alvarez beat to set up this fight and adds a touch more spice to a contest that already has plenty to recommend it.

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Profiles

heavyweight boxer announced the winner by refereeAs always when it’s time to look at an upcoming bout, the first place to start is by having a look at the career’s of the two boxers.

There is often a degree of overlap when two people fight within the same weight category, so you can learn from that who is likely to be the favourite.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

saul alvarezHis nickname of ‘Canelo’ translates to ‘cinnamon’ and it’s true that he doesn’t look stereotypically Mexican thanks to his red hair and pasty skin, yet Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán, better known as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1990.

Known as one of the world’s best counterpunchers and an excellent body puncher, Alvarez began his boxing career after watching his brother Rigoberto make his professional debut. Remarkably, he is the youngest of 8 children and all 6 of his brothers also became professional boxers.

He won silver at the Junior Mexican National Championships in 2004, becoming the Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion as a 15-year-old the year after. Unable to find amateur opponents for him in the wake of his championship win, his father and son training team of Chepo and Eddy Reynoso encouraged him to turn professional.

He knocked out all but 2 of the first 13 opponents that he faced in the year and a half or so after turning pro. During his career his weight has fluctuated enough to mean that he’s fought as a welterweight, a light middleweight, a middleweight and a super middleweight.

It was during his time as light middleweight that he suffered the only loss of his career to date, though there’s no shame in losing out to Floyd Mayweather Jr. who never lost a fight. His career has progress along the lines that you would expect for a boxer of his talent, beating Julio César Chávez Jr. by unanimous decision in May of 2017 to set up a fight with Gennady Golovkin. That ended in a split draw decision that was ridiculed in some quarters because it was felt that Golovkin had narrowly won it.

It set up a rematch, though, which took place in September of 2018. This time Álvarez won on a majority decision, though it was again not without controversy and the media felt it had been Golovkin’s fight.

Daniel Jacobs

daniel jacobsBorn in Brooklyn, New York on the 3rd of February 1987, Daniel Jacobs’ rise to the top has been a different journey to that of his Mexican opponent. He fought 137 times as an amateur, losing 7 of them but winning the Junior Olympics National Championship along the way.

He also won the New York Golden Gloves Championships four times before he turned professional. He did that in 2007 when he fought Jose Jesus Hurtado on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. / Ricky Hatton undercard, winning by technical knockout a mere 29 seconds into the fight.

Jacobs’ first high-profile fight came in 2010 when he took on the unbeaten Dmitry Pirog for the then-vacant WBO middleweight title. He was up on the judge’s cards in the 5th round when he was knocked out, seeing him suffer his first career loss.

He bounced back with consecutive victories before dropping out of boxing in the wake of his osteosarcoma diagnosis. He came back with a win over Josh Luteran in October of 2012, following that up with a win over Jarrod Fletcher for the WBA (Regular) middleweight title in 2014.

The most relevant fight when it comes to a look ahead to his battle with Alvarez came in 2017 when he took on Gennady Golovkin for the unified WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, IBO championship. It went all the way to the 12th, which was the first time in Golovkin’s career that that had happened. In the end the judges scored it unanimously in favour of the Kazakhstani.

Jacobs followed it up with wins against Luís Arias and Maciej Sulęcki before taking on Serhiy Derevianchenko in October of last year. He won that too, meaning that the door was opened for this bout with Alvarez.

What They Are Fighting For

Date & Time (UK) Where Weight Title TV
05/05/2019 ~4am T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Middleweight WBC, WBA & IBF Sky Box Office

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Saul Alvarez is bringing the WBC and WBA belts to the table, whilst Jacobs is the IBF champion.

That means that this is a unification fight for the middleweight category, though it’s not complete. The WBO title belongs to Demetrius Andrade.

What Do The Experts Think

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The December 2018 Boxrec pound-for-pound ranking put Alvarez as the world’s best active boxer, giving you an indication of just where the majority of experts see this fight going.

That Daniel Jacobs sits in 17th on the list is suggestive of the idea that not many people are giving him much of a hope, but is that reflected in what the experts think?

Certainly the fact that the Miracle Man became the first boxer to take Gennady Golovkin all the way to the 12th means that he’s worthy of respect, with the American standing taller than his Mexican rival and having a better reach.

The thing that some in the boxing world think might stop Jacobs from winning isn’t Alvarez as much as it is the Las Vegas board of boxing. The WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders said, “”I really feel sorry for him, because he’s really got the tools to beat Canelo. But will he? I doubt it, because of the politics in boxing”.

Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez, meanwhile, is convinced that ‘Canelo’ should have enough to beat the American. Having trained his fighter to take on both of them in recent years, Sanchez is well-placed to make a judgement and said, “Canelo should win, but Jacobs is a heck of a fighter. I think Canelo’s hand speed and his boxing ability will keep Jacobs at bay”.

Key Statistics

Alvarez:

Height: 5 foot 9 inches

Reach: 70.5 inches

Record: 54 Fights – 51 Wins (35 by KO) – 1 Loss – 2 Draws

Jacobs:

Height: 5 foot 11.5 inches

Reach: 73 inches

Record: 37 Fights – 35 Wins (29 by KO) – 2 Losses

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