Canelo-Jacobs Reportedly Lures In 1.2 Million Viewers
By: Sean Crose
It appears DAZNs three hundred fifty plus million dollar investment in middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez may be paying off. The streaming service announced on Wednesday that over 1.2 million viewers logged on to see last Saturday night’s middleweight title unifier between Canelo and Brooklyn’s Daniel Jacobs as it was broadcast live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Canelo won the fight by unanimous decision. The fact that the WBA, WBC, and IBF middleweight titles were on the line, coupled with the fact that Jacobs was considered one of the best fighters in the middleweight division walking in, meant that Canelo-Jacobs was the biggest boxing match of the year to date.
The viewership results are good news for DAZN. The international streaming service reportedly discovered 600,000 of Saturday’s 1.2 million viewers came from the United States. Canelo, the most popular boxer on the planet, turned more than a few heads when he signed exclusively with DAZN in 2018, effectively leaving behind the Pay Per View model he had cashed in on throughout the previous five plus years. Aside from near record breaking numbers when he faced Floyd Mayweather back in 2013, Canelo has done huge Pay Per View numbers against Miguel Cotto and Gennady Golovkin (twice) respectively. In order to get an effective return on the stated three hundred sixty five million dollar Canelo contract, DAZN will have to bring in a healthy influx of subscribers.
Aside from Canelo, DAZN has also brought in arch rival Golovkin, as well as highly skilled WBO middleweight kingpin Demetrius Andrade, making for a scenario where the biggest names in the division can face off with less of the political issues that currently plague boxing’s promotional and broadcasting scene. Heavyweight honcho Anthony Joshua will be making his US debut on DAZN as well, when he faces off against Andy Ruiz June 1st at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Canelo Alvarez: Face Of Boxing And The Best In The World
By: Hans Themistode
Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) didn’t just prove that he is the best Middleweight in his division but, he also showed that he is the best fighter in the world.
This past Saturday night on Cinco De Mayo, Canelo successfully defeated Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs). The win added yet another title around the Mexican superstar’s waist. Canelo now holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and Ring magazine Middleweight titles.
For as great as Canelo has been in his career, there has always been a few lingering question marks. His resume is filled with wins over great fighters, this is true. However, it is also filled with a bit of controversy as well. Wins over Erislandy Lara and Gennady Golovkin (GGG) are sometimes questions. Favorable judging has also been the narrative surrounding the three division world champion. Some have questioned his place amongst the elite of the boxing world today. These anecdotes can be put to bed.
Now former, IBF Middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs is a great fighter, one that provided Canelo the platform to showcase that he is the best in the world.
Jacobs has the full package. The power to stop any boxer dead in their tracks, and the boxing ability to out skill them as well. You name it and Jacobs possesses it. Although their fight which took place in front of over 20,000 fans at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada was a nip and tuck affair, Alvarez dominated for long stretches and made it clear who the better fighter was.
We all understand what happens now. Canelo will be given no opportunity to enjoy his victory, instead the immediate question will be, who should he take on next? Canelo will have no shortage of opponents to choose from.
Undefeated WBO title holder Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) is a name that has been on the tongue’s of many of the fans. He may not be the biggest name but he very well could be the biggest threat. How about Jermall Charlo? Not only does he also boast an unblemished record consisting of 28 wins with 21 stoppages but he also holds the mandatory position for Canelo’s WBC title.
Last but certainly not least is GGG. There is a reason why the former unified champion was in attendance this past Saturday night. A third installment between these two would certainly present fireworks once again.
Whomever the Mexican megastar takes on next will undoubtedly present him with a challenge. That aforementioned challenge is one that he will be well equip for.
Canelo Alvarez has been the face of boxing for a number of years now. He was also considered one of the very best fighters in the world. However, with his penchant to not only take on but defeat the best fighters out there, he has now elevated himself to another level. His victory over Daniel Jacobs has now cemented him as the best fighter in the entire world.
Jacobs vs. Canelo Round by Round Results: Canelo Outclasses Jacobs
By: William Holmes
The main event of tonight’s card was between Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2) and Daniel Jacobs (35-2) for the WBC, WBA, and IBF Middleweight Titles.
Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Promotions put on this event, and it was streamed live on the DAZN Streaming network.
Daniel Jacobs had a clause in his contract where he was only allowed to weigh in at 170lbs the day after the weigh ins, but he came in at 173.6lbs and had to pay a fine of 250k per pound.
But that may have been done on purpose, as this was the biggest fight of his career.
Carlos Rivera sung the Mexican National Anthem and Lisa Marie Smith sung the national anthem of the United States.
Daniel Jacobs entered the ring first after what appeared to be some technical difficulties with the audio from DAZN, and Canelo entered second to a loud chorus of cheers.
The following is a round by round recap of tonight’s main event.
Photo Credit: Golden Boy Boxing Twitter Account
Jacobs looked like he has a significant height advantage when they met in the middle for prefight instructions. Both boxers are in an orthodox stance. Canelo has a knee pad on his left knee. Canelo paws out a jab at Jacobs. Canelo misses high with a left hook. Jacobs is circling away from Canelo and flicks out a jab. Jacobs flicks out another jab. Jacobs lands two jabs followed by a right cross to the body. Canelo lands a hard right ot the body. Canelo bounces a left hook off the high guard of Jacobs. Jacobs is active with his jab to the head and body of Canelo. Good right to the body by Canelo. Jacobs looks a little weary of Canelo’s power. Jacobs lands two shots to the body of Canelo. Jacobs switches to a southpaw stance, but then goes back to an orthodox stance. Close tight round, Canelo may have landed the harder shots.
Jacobs throws out two pawing jabs. Jacobs with another double jab and Canelo answers with a left hook upstairs. Canelo lands a good right to the body of Jacobs. Jacobs lands two quick jabs. Canelo comes in with a right hook behind a feint. Jacobs jab to the body is accurate. A jab from Canelo gets Jacobs off balance. Canelo lands a good left hook to the body of Jacobs. Jacobs lands a short right to the body. Jacobs lands two good hooks to the body of Canelo. Canelo lands a good right hand upstairs and follows it up with two uppercuts to the body. Canelo barely misses with a left uppercut and Jacobs makes him pay with a combination to the body. Good jabs from Jacobs. Good shots by both at the end of the round.
10-9 Canelo, 20-18 Canelo
Canelo flicks out a jab at Jacobs and has him backing up early. Canelo pressing forward and Jacobs attempts to keep him away with a jab to the body. Jacobs switches to a southpaw stance and throws out a straight left hand. Jacobs lands two jabs to the body and Canelo lands a short right hook. Canelo lands a hard body head combination on Jacobs. Canelo seems to be finding his groove. Jacobs then answers with a good combination in the middle of the ring. Jacobs with three straight jabs followed by a short right hook. Jacobs ducks under a Canelo right hook. Canelo lands a jab to the body of Jacobs and Jacobs answers with two shots of his own to the body. Good left hook to Jacobs’s chin by Canelo. Jacobs paws out two jabs on Canelo and Canelo answers with an uppercut to the body.
10-9 Canelo, 30-27 Canelo.
Canelo is showing good upper body movement. Canelo partially connects with a three punch combination. Jacobs is sticking to his jab. Jacobs is very active with his jab, but not landing any hard punches. Jacobs barely misses with a straight right hand. Jacobs throws out two jabs followed by a hook to the body. Canelo lands a good sweeping right hook to the body of Jacobs. Jacobs with a jab followed by a left hook. Canelo lands a clean straight right to the chin of Jacobs. Canelo is a hard target to hit and landing from good angles. Canelo lands a rising left hook on Jacobs. Canelo’s upper body movement is making it very difficult for Jacobs to land a punch. Canelo had a great round.
10-9 Canelo, 40-36 Canelo.
Jacobs misses wildly with a three punch combination. Canelo continues to slip the punches of Jacobs. Canelo continues to come forward while showing great upper body movement. Canelo lands two good hooks to the body of Jacobs. Canelo flicks out three straight quick jabs. Canelo lands a sharp quick jab. Canelo’s jabs are landing while Jacobs is using his more as a range finder. Canelo looks to be in complete control. Canelo lands a jab and follows it with a two punch combination. Canelo lands a good left to the body of Jacobs. They get a little bit chippy as the round ends.
10-9 Canelo, 50-45 Canelo.
Canelo still pressing forward and showing excellent upper body movement. Canelo barely misses with a lead left hook. Canelo is outlanding Jacobs 60-43 at this point in the fight. Canelo able to easily avoid the combination of Jacobs. Canelo follows a jab with a connecting lead left hook. Jacobs able to land a few shots on Canelo when in close. Canelo lands a good reaching jab. Jacobs goes into a southpaw stance. Jacobs still can’t find his target even in a southpaw stance. Canelo with a good right hook to the body of Jacobs. Canelo still stalking Jacobs. Jacobs lands two short hooks to the body of Canelo. Canelo lands a good uppercut on Jacobs.
10-9 Canelo, 60-54 Canelo
Jacobs starts off this round in a southpaw stance. Canelo pressing forward on Jacobs still and has Jacobs on the run. Canelo lands a good hook to the body after a straight right hand misses. Canelo has Jacobs back against the ropes and gets in a few shots to the body. Jacobs paws with the jab in a southpaw stance. Canelo looks fresh despite using a lot of energy. Jacobs lands a good short right hook, perhaps his best punch of the night. Jacobs has Canelo’s back against the ropes and lands a few punches to the body. Jacobs remains in a southpaw stance. Jacobs is keeping his jab in the face of Canelo and lands a left to the body of Canelo. Jacobs throws his jab in the face of Canelo but eats a counter left hook. Canelo lands another hook to the body and Jacobs throws out a flurry as round ends.
Closer round, but still 10-9 Canelo, 70-63 Canelo.
Jacobs is back in an orthodox stance. Canelo still pressing forward and digs in two hooks to the body of Jacobs. Canelo connects with a lead left hook and Jacobs answers with a short uppercut. Jacobs just can’t find his target with his punches. Canelo’s defense is masterful at this point. Jacobs misses with a three punch combination badly. Canelo lands a good short left hook. Jacobs has Canelo back to the ropes and lands a combination to the body and head. Canelo lands a hard left hook that may have stunned Jacobs. Canelo is landing some heavy shots as Jacobs tries to open up his offense. Canelo is hurting Jacobs. Canelo with a good body head combination. Jacobs was on the offensive as round ends, but still a Canelo round.
10-9 Canelo, 80-72 Canelo.
Canelo comes out aggressive this round behind his jab. Canelo barely misses with a straight right hand and Jacobs goes in a southpaw stance. Jacobs throwing out a lot of right jabs in the face of Jacobs. Jacobs’s straight lefts look weak though from this position. Canelo lands a heavy punch to the body of Jacobs. Jacobs gets tagged with a left hook as he lunges forward. Canelo with more heavy body shots. Canelo lands a good straight right to the chin of Jacobs. Good left hook by Canelo followed by a combination. Jacobs lands a short left hook and snaps the head of Canelo with a heavy right hand. Jacobs is back in an orthodox stance. Jacobs takes a deep breath then throws out a combination and lands a few good punches. Better round for Jacobs.
10-9 Jacobs; 89-82 Canelo.
Canelo presses forward to start the tenth round. Jacobs is in a southpaw stance. Canelo lands a good jab in the face of Jacobs. Jacobs has Canelo’s back near the ropes and lands a few shots in tight. Canelo lands a hard right hand on Jacobs in the middle of the ring. Canelo lands a good left hook to the body of Jacobs. Canelo flicks out a sharp jab and follows it with a hook upstairs. Good exchange in the middle of the ring and Jacobs may have landed the harder punches. Canelo is clearly out boxing though. Jacobs has Canelo back against the ropes and lands some good punches to the body and head. Canelo barely misses with a looping left hook. Jacobs goes back into a southpaw stance. Canelo lands a good straight right.
10-9 Canelo; 99-91 Caenlo.
Jacobs clearly needs a knockout to win this fight. Canelo lands a good heavy left hook to the body. Jacobs is back in an orthodox stance but then switches to a southpaw stance. Canelo bounces a right hook off the guard of Jacobs. Canelo lands a good straight right hand on Jacobs. Canelo lands a clean jab. Jacobs lands a combination to the body of Canelo. Canelo isn’t really bothered by the punches of Jacobs. Canelo bounces two jabs off the face of Jacobs. Crowd booing the action in the ring. Canelo lands a straight right hand. Jacobs lands two punches upstairs but then Canelo ties up. Canelo lands a short right uppercut followed by two jabs. Announcer says Jacobs is having a good eleventh round but he’s not landing any punches of note. Canelo lands a hard right hand. Canelo clearly wins this round.
10-9 Canelo, 109-100 Canelo.
Jaobs is in an orthodox stance, but probably needs a knockout to win. Jacobs badly misses with a left hook and slips to the mat. Jacobs complains about a wet spot in the middle of the ring and the referee dries off the mat. Canelo looks like the fresher fighter. Canelo lands a hard left hook and Jacobs lands at air. Jacobs has Canelo’s back near the ropes but misses and Canelo is able to get Jacobs to back up with combinations. Good straight right by Canelo. Canelo lands a hard uppercut on Jacobs. Crowd is starting to boo the action in the ring again. Jacobs misses with a looping hook to the body of Canelo. Jacobs is unable to score a knockout in the final round.
10-9 Canelo; 119-109 Canelo.
The judges scored the bout 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112 for Canelo Alvarez.
Canelo vs. Jacobs Undercard Results: Diaz and Ortiz Shine with Stoppages
By: William Holmes
The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada was the host site for tonight’s middleweight showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs on the DAZN Streaming network.
The main card started at 9pm, and the undercard before the main card featured a shocking 13-1 underdog upset by Anthony “Juice” Young of Pleasantville, New Jersey over former junior middleweight champion Sadam Ali by a third round stoppage.
The first fight of the main card was in the super featherweight division Jonathan Oquendo (30-5) and Lamont Roach Jr. (18-0-1).
Both boxers fought out of an orthodox stance and Oquendo was pressing forward early and able to land some shots that forced blood to come from Roach’s nose.
Roach was landing some solid hooks on Oquendo in the second round, but Oquendo was banging to the body and applying heavy pressure. Oquendo was warned in the third round for holding Roach and to keep his head up.
Oquendo had Roach hurt badly in the fourth round with some body shots that forced Roach to hold on for most of the round. However, Roach turned the tide back in his favor in the fifth round by landing some heavy shots, though he landed one at a time instead of throwing combinations.
Oquendo’s activity likely won him the sixth round, and he was the more active fighter in the seventh also though Roach did land some hard counters.
Oquendo lost a point in the eight round for an headbutt which was a little bit questionable. The final two rounds played out like most of the fight, with Oquendo pressing the pace but Roach landing the cleaner shots.
The judges scored it 97-92, 97-92, and 96-93 for Lamont Roach Jr.
The next bout of the night was Freddy Fonseca (26-2-1) and Joseph Diaz (28-1) in the super featherweight division.
Fonseca and Diaz both fought out of a southpaw stance, and this was Fonseca’s first fight in the United States.
Diaz looked strong and healthy at 130 pounds, and landed heavy body and head shots early on. By the third round it was clear that Diaz was clearly the superior fighter, and had landed 50% of his power shots by the fourth round.
Fonseca had a decent fifth round, though was still out struck and out landed by Diaz. Diaz brutalized Fonseca in the sixth round and out landed him 30-4 in punches and scored a late round knockdown when Fonseca was forced to take a knee.
Diaz continued to land power shots at will in the sixth round and forced Fonseca’s corner to step up and stop the fight.
Joseph Diaz wins by TKO at 2:07 of the seventh round.
The co-main event of the night was between Vergil Ortiz (12-0) and Mauricio Herrera (24-8) in the welterweight division.
Herrera looked a little soft going into the ring, but he was a rugged veteran who’s been in the ring with some tough fighters.
Ortiz showed off his power early by being patient and solving the jab of Herrera and hurting him with a left hook at the end of the round. Ortiz remained patient in the second round and badly hurt Herrera at the end of the round and forced a knockdown as the round came to an end. Herrera got back to his feet, but was badly hurt as he returned to his corner.
Ortiz came out blazing in the third round and landed a crushing straight right hand that sent Herrera to the mat and forced the referee to stop the bout.
Vergil Ortiz wins by TKO at 0:29 of the third round.
Canelo vs. Jacobs Notebook
Compiled By: William Holmes
Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs are set to face off on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event will be streamed live on DAZN and is one of the most anticipated matchups of the year.
Below you’ll find a collection of various news, tidbits, and press releases for Saturday’s bout.
Canelo vs. Jacobs Final Press Conference Quotes
WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) and IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) hosted their final press conference today ahead of their 12-round unification fight. The event will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say at today’s final press conference:
Canelo Alvarez, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion
“Look, we’re just ready for Saturday. I’ll repeat to you – I’m ready, I’m ready to continue writing history like I always have.”
“I’m a fighter that’s fought all the styles. What he brings on Saturday night is going to bring the reaction out of me to counter whatever he brings.”
“In boxing, anything can happen. That’s including the knockout. If it’s there, trust me, I’m going to go for the knockout. I don’t care if he’s bigger, stronger, it’s never bothered me. I have the capability. I have the experience to overcome that and more.”
Daniel Jacobs, IBF Middleweight World Champion
“I just feel as if the thirst for this fight is at an all-time high. We are only three days away from a mega fight and it’s such a privilege to be here right before this mega showdown. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I’m mostly excited to get in there to show the world that I am the best middleweight of my generation. I finally have an opportunity to prove it, to go against Canelo Alvarez. You guys are going to see fireworks, masterful boxing, skills, dedication, persistence, and grit, most importantly.”
“I’m gonna talk inside the ring and let my fighting speak for itself. To Canelo – let’s put on a good show my brother.”
What has been tougher – preparing for this fight against Canelo or his fight against GGG? “I think mentally, Golovkin started out as the most devastating power puncher and boogeyman of the division. So mentally, he was tougher. Physically, this is much harder preparation because Canelo is very agile, he’s very fast, his offensive onslaught is at an all-time high. It’s a drastic difference. I thought I won the GGG fight and I assure you I will win this fight without controversy.”
“What will take the win will simply be me being the best version of myself. My physical advantages in itself can win me the fight, but I also have the mental capacity. I’m in my prime. I’m the only fighter Canelo has faced since Floyd Mayweather to be in his prime. I’m super confident and I’m going in there with the ability as well.”
Eddy Reynoso, Co-Trainer and Manager to Canelo Alvarez
“Saturday night we have a great fight in a division that’s given boxing historically great fights, and without a doubt Saturday night you’re going to have one of the greatest fights between two of the best fighters, two great champions. Ever since we began our career in boxing with Canelo, we always knew we’d have to take these types of risks in fights. These are the types of fights that catapult you to the top, to the elite level.”
“We have a tremendous challenge in front of us, a tremendous champion in Daniel Jacobs. But this year, our goal is to sweep the middleweight division and win all four belts, and Daniel Jacobs will not obtain that goal.”
Jose “Chepo” Reynoso, Co-Trainer and Manager to Canelo Alvarez
“I would like to give you a little bit of what happened in camp, all the hard work, all the intense work, the long hours of training. Because intensity is what we expect in the fight. And all this hard work is just what gives us the tranquility and the peace of mind that come Saturday night, when his hand is raised, it will reconfirm to everyone that he is the best middleweight on the planet.”
Andre Rozier, Trainer to Daniel Jacobs
“We had a fantastic camp. I’m just happy that Danny has finally reached his pinnacle. This is the point that he has strived to get to since he first began boxing. And, he is ready. I thank Canelo for accepting the challenge. I expect a fantastic battle but as it was just told – it is my birthday, and my son is going to present me with the best birthday present I could ever get by having his hands raised in victory.”
Keith Connolly, Manager to Daniel Jacobs
“A bunch of people have asked me if I’m excited for the fight. I’m most excited to see how this all turns out – the Daniel Jacobs story. I’ve known him for about 15 years since he was a teenager and it’s been an honor to see him grow from the boy that I first met to the man that he is now. This fight is happening at exactly at the right time. He’s physically mature but more importantly, he’s mentally mature. I expect him to embrace everything Saturday night and come out victorious.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy
“This Saturday the #1 and #2 best middleweights on the planet will put everything on the line for one simple reason – to see who is the best. That is boxing at its finest. Indeed, this is the biggest fight in boxing featuring the biggest star in boxing in the biggest place for boxing on the biggest platform for boxing.”
“In life there are challenges that strengthen a person’s character and determine how this person will be remembered. Boxing is no different. The men we have before us today have faced tough challenges that few on the earth can relate too. Outside of the ring these men have already proven what they are made of, but this Saturday, these men will also determine who will be remembered as the best middleweight of their time the only way they know how – with their fists.”
“We are excited to be at the forefront of this new era of boxing with DAZN and look forward to continuing to make boxing more accessible and affordable for fans.”
“Saturday night we expect fireworks, we expect a war, we expect an amazing fight, with two gentlemen who have done an amazing job getting to this point.”
Bernard Hopkins, Golden Boy Partner and Future Hall of Famer
“To Danny Jacobs, I’d like to say this is a historical moment for your team. This is real special. It doesn’t happen in any division but I’m glad it’s happening now. To Canelo, Jacobs, well done. Now let’s take care of business.”
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Boxing
“We just want three simple things. We want to make sure Daniel Jacobs is victorious on Saturday night and we truly believe from the bottom of our hearts that he will be. We want to make sure we spread the gospel that great fights can be made. You can take risks. It’s fun. It’s called sport. That’s what we have to remember. Why these young men started was about greatness. It was how many belts they could gather. Could they reach the Hall of Fame? Could they create a legacy? And, I want the message of Daniel Jacobs to be spread worldwide. The illness and disease of cancer touches all of us. With Daniel Jacobs, you have a message of complete hope to anybody in suffering. Danie Jacobs was paralyzed. He was told he may never walk again, and certainly never fight again. Right now, I want this story to be spread worldwide to look at this fine young man and realize there is hope. If he can do it, you can do it. And on Saturday, I believe he’ll become victorious and become the unified champion of the world.”
“I know right now that this side has a feeling of excitement and nerves going into this weekend because this is a wonderful fight between two great champions and this is what the sport of boxing is all about.”
On the judges for Saturday: “I believe we have four outstanding officials across this fight who are going to give Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez a complete blank canvas and mutual respect.”
Joseph Markowski, Executive Vice President of DAZN North America
“To be clear, this fight would be on pay-per-view on any other platform – 80, 90, maybe even 100 bucks. But instead of offering this fight for $100, we’ll offer you an entire year of fights for $100 with our annual pass – incredible value in the next couple of months: Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4, the World Boxing Super Series on May 18, Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight debut on May 25, Anthony Joshua’s U.S. debut on June 1, Gennady Golovkin’s return on June 8, and premium Bellator MMA. And that’s on top of the rest of our 100+ fight nights a year, including the fact that both Canelo and GGG will be back fighting on DAZN in the fall.”
“This weekend is massive for the middleweight division, a truly electrifying fight. It’s also massive for the DAZN business but most importantly for fight fans. On Sunday morning, instead of fans waking up to a $100 bill, those fight fans will have an entire year of content to look forward to. It’s a transformational moment.”
Undercard Final Press Conference Quotes
The undercard of the spectacular Canelo vs. Jacobs card hosted a press conference featuring Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0, 12 KOs), Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (24-8, 7 KOs), Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (28-1, 14 KOs), Freddy Fonseca(26-1-1, 17 KOs), Lamont Roach Jr. (18-0-1, 7 KOs), and Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs).The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
Below is what the fighters had to say at today’s press conference:
Vergil Ortiz Jr., Super Lightweight Prospect:
“I trained really hard for this fight. I was training hard before I knew I was fighting Mauricio Herrera. I was sparring 10 rounders in February. I’m more than ready for this fight. Mauricio has never been stopped. I’ve stopped everybody. I’m more than ready to go into this fight. I’m prepared. Mauricio has been in there with Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez, who I do believe he beat, and in my eyes he is a world champion. We all know who won. But those guys weren’t me. He didn’t fight me, he didn’t fight Vergil Ortiz. We’re going to see how the fight plays out May 4th.
“About my dad. I really wouldn’t be here without him. He didn’t have the best childhood growing up and he made sure he did everything in his power that I did. I don’t think his dad was there for him when he grew up but he made sure he was there for me. My mom wasn’t there. He played both parts. That’s something you don’t see all the time. Usually it’s the mom who stays with the kid. My dad is the one who stayed with me, was there for me. Thank you dad, I love you.”
“On a more serious note, I can’t wait to eat tacos after this fight. I’m hungry. Other than that, hopefully after this fight, I get a world title shot soon. There’s a couple fights out there. Like, Maurice Hooker, we’re both with DAZN. So, Eddie, make the fight with Maurice Hooker happen please? We’re both from Dallas, we’re both on DAZN, I grew up watching Maurice Hooker on Golden Gloves, he knows me as well. In a couple years, I’ll take on Errol Spence too. I don’t mean that like I’m going to go through everybody. I just believe in my ability.”
Shouting out to Miguel Cotto in the crowd: “I want to thank Cotto. He was one of my favorite fighters growing up, my dad based my style off of Cotto. I don’t know if he knew that.”
Mauricio Herrera, Former Interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion:
“This fight is really motivating. As many of you know my career has gone through ups and downs. In 2014 when I had fought Danny and felt I’d been robbed and then had the chance to win a WBA interim title which I won, and then later that same year, I got robbed again. That really left me in a bad place. I didn’t care for boxing and I was unmotivated. A lot of the fights you see where they’re close and I look bad in, it’s because I’m unmotivated in those fights. I’m slowly getting my motivation back.”
“This kid Ortiz has 12 wins and 12 knockouts, undefeated. On Saturday I’m really motivated. I do want to bring my career back. I trained really hard. You’re going to see I’m not an old lion. And if I’m an old lion, I’m a hungry lion. Come Saturday, you’re going to see a great show. Don’t tune me out. Saturday, you’ll see the Maestro comeback.”
Joseph Diaz Jr., Super Featherweight Contender:
“I’m going to go out there and showcase that I’m the next superstar in boxing. Freddy, I appreciate you coming down from Nicaragua but come Saturday night you ain’t gonna get that victory bro. You’re going to go home sad with a couple black eyes. I’m very, very focused. I’ve been training my ass off. 2018, I dealt with a lot of adversity. My dream is to become a world champion, and 2018 really hurt my heart. I was really at rock bottom. Just being focused and having good family supporting me through the rough times, it really meant a lot to me, it made me more motivated, it made me more into a savage and into a beast. I’ve been training my ass off and I’m very determined to turn into a champion by the end of the year. Come May 4th, I’m going to show you that I’m the real deal.”
“Everybody says I have a sno-cone head now but it’s all good.”
Freddy Fonseca, Super Featherweight Contender:
“I know the challenge I have in front of me, I know that JoJo is the favorite, but we’re coming in the best conditions to ensure victory for Nicaragua. I’m very happy for this opportunity because it’s my opportunity to show that I will be a world champion by beating JoJo Diaz.”
Eric Gomez, President of Golden Boy:
On Vergil Ortiz Jr.: “Vergil Ortiz is a top prospect in boxing. I’ve said it before. There’s other good prospects out there but the skills this kid has, I haven’t seen in a long time and I’ve been promoting boxing for 20 years. He’s incredible, he can do it all. This is a tough test. This a real test for him. I was a little worried when Robert Diaz came into my office and said Mauricio will fight him. I was worried but I believe in his abilities. In order to beat Mauricio Herrera and to prove he’s a tough prospect moving into a contender status, he’s going to have to be victorious. This is the biggest test of his career. Where else, a better place, than the T-Mobile Arena here in Vegas. We’ll see if he’s ready to shine or not.”
On Mauricio Herrera: “Mauricio Herrera is a tough, tough veteran. He’s fought everyone in this sport. He gave Danny Garcia life and death in Puerto Rico. He’s been doing that for a long time. You name it, he’s fought the who’s who in boxing. He’s here to prove he can still compete at a very high level. He’s fighting a tough, tough prospect that’s coming up. He’s faced every kind of style, every kind of fighter in different positions, world champions, prospects, contenders. He’s ready to put on a show on Saturday.
On JoJo Diaz Jr.: “He’s ready to fight for a title, but he’s gotta get past Saturday’s test. There are a few options for him if he gets past this test, and we feel that for the next fight, he should be able to fight for the title. There are a few champions there lurking around.”
Lamont Roach Jr., WBO International Super Featherweight Champion:
“The time is now for those who haven’t seen me. This is the type of opponent that we’ve been waiting for, for a long time. This is where we are going to capitalize and show that we are ready for a world title in the 130-pound division. This is not the first time I’ve faced a veteran and probably not the last time. We trained our asses off in camp, we had good sparring, good strength and conditioning camp, trained mentally, and I’m just ready to be a world titlist and it starts with Saturday night.”
Jonathan Oquendo, NABO Super Featherweight Champion:
“This will be a unification fight because I have the NABO Super Featherweight belt while Lamont Roach has the WBO International Super Featherweight belt. The whole world knows all the hard wok I put in for this Saturday. We know the quality of fighter that he is, we know the capabilities he has. But I like challenge. He likes to fight, I like to fight, and we’re going to make sure we have a great battle and a victory for Puerto Rico.”
Hector Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions:
“This Saturday, we’re going to have a big fight between Jonathan Oquendo and Lamont Roach. This will be a unification fight between international titles because Jonathan Oquendo is the proud owner of the NABO Super Featherweight belt, and after that, he’ll be looking for a world title. He has done all the necessary preparation to ensure triumph and a victory for all of Puerto Rico.”
John Ryder, Interim WBA Super Middleweight Contender:
“With Lemieux, it was a big upset but we got a great replacement in Bilal Akkawy. I think we’re all in for a real treat come Saturday night.”
Bilal Akkawy, Super Middleweight Contender:
“This is a big opportunity. It’s an opportunity for me to prove myself. It’s a world title fight so there’s no way I would turn down a fight like that. I’m going to make the most out of the opportunity come Saturday.”
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport:
“This is a big fight for the mandatory position of Callum Smith. It’s a huge opportunity for John Ryder. He’s turned his career in extraordinary fashion. We know what a tough fight this is. We knew David Lemieux was a tough fight but we know Bilal Akkawy comes in as a young man, extremely hungry, very dangerous, and this is going to be a very explosive fight.”
Sadam Ali, Welterweight Contender:
“I’m excited for this fight. It’s on a big card. 26-1 underdog? That’s crazy! I’m excited, ready for any opponent, any style that comes to me. I understand it’s a big opportunity for him, he’s been waiting for a moment like this, I know he’s coming strong, but I’m excited to go out there and shine. I’m ready to go.”
Anthony Young, Welterweight Contender:
“As a person, all I can ask for is opportunity. Getting the opportunity to fight a former world champion in Sadam Ali, who defeated a legend. They got me 26-1 underdog, so if you’re looking to win some money, put it on me. Sadam is Muslim, I’m muslim, that’s my brother, but Saturday, one of us has got to go, and it ain’t gonna be me.”
Joseph Markowski, Executive Vice President of DAZN North America:
“Saturday night is not just important because we’re unifying titles in the middleweight division. When you put on events of this magnitude, you know you will have a significant audience and a perfect opportunity to introduce future headliners to sports fans. At DAZN, we’re invested in the sport of boxing – not just its biggest names. And while we put great emphasis and resource into fights like May 4, we put on more than 100 fight nights a year and know how important it is to build the next generation.”
“We are committed to these boxers, making sure we broadcast their bouts so fans can witness their talents as they ascend to becoming main event fighters.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs Face Middleweight Unification Fight to be Shown Live in US Movie Theaters
On May 4, boxing’s biggest star will take a step closer to becoming undisputed champion as Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles in a 12-round unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) during the celebratory weekend of Cinco de Mayo. The highly anticipated bout and its co-featured fights will broadcast live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to big screen across the nation as “Canelo vs. Jacobs.” A full undercard, featuring David Lemieux vs. John Ryder, will be shown prior to the main event.
Tickets for “Canelo vs Jacobs” can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.comor at participating theater box offices now.
The live broadcast of “Canelo vs Jacobs” presented by Fathom Events and Golden Boy is set for Saturday, May 4 beginning at beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. AK / 4:00 p.m HI. Boxing fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Canelo, 28, is a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico who became the top man in the sport by giving fans the biggest and most entertaining fights. At 154 pounds, Canelo captured several world titles and defeated the likes of Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane Mosley, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Liam “Beefy” Smith. However, Canelo scored his most significant victory yet at 160 pounds, where he defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their highly anticipated rematch in September 2018 and established himself as the WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion.
In his debut performance, Canelo became a three-division world champion by knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in December 2018. Canelo will return to middleweight for this fight as he continues to clean out the 160-pound division.
Jacobs, 31, is a native of Brooklyn, New York who is widely considered as one of the best middleweights of this era. Jacobs rose up the middleweight rankings to win the WBA Middleweight World Title against Jarrod Fletcher in 2014 after being away from the sport for 19 months, due to a form of bone cancer that he courageously overcame. Jacobs made several successful defenses, including a thunderous first-round knockout of Peter Quillin the following year. Despite losing to Gennady Golovkin in a very close fight in 2017, Jacobs has remained undefeated since his return, defeating former amateur champion and middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko to capture the IBF Middleweight World Championship. Jacobs will look to capture more middleweight hardware in the biggest fight of his career.
“We are proud to partner again with our friends at Golden Boy to bring this unification bout to cinemas nationwide,” said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO. “Fight fans have loved watching Canelo on big screen, and we expect them to really enjoy this battle with Daniel Jacobs.”
Telemundo Goes All In For Canelo vs. Jacobs Fight Week
Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language home of The Biggest, Best, Global Sports, presents special, pre- and post-fight coverage of the anticipated match between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs with extensive coverage across Telemundo Deportes digital platforms and on Titulares y Más, the network’s signature sports and entertainment show, all week leading to Saturday’s big fight.
Telemundo Deportes’ content and promotion across platforms will drive fans to subscribe to DAZN to watch the Canelo vs. Jacobs middleweight championship. DAZN is the sports streaming app that has made its mark on the U.S. sports landscape by delivering premium boxing and MMA events to subscribers without the additional cost of pay-per-view.
As part of the special coverage, Telemundo Deportes’ app and the Telemundo Deportes Facebook page will live stream the undercard event featuring some of the best current and future stars from Golden Boy including the returns of Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr., Sadam “World Kid” Ali and Lamont Roach Jr., in separate bouts. The coverage will be in Spanish-language on Saturday, May 4 starting at 9 p.m. ET.
In anticipation of the fight, the Telemundo Deportes app and its Facebook page will also present Spanish-language livestream of the press conference as well as the weigh-in event that will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In addition, Telemundo Deportes digital and social media platforms will present extensive content throughout the week leading to May 4, including the latest news around the fighters, analysis, short-form features, public workouts, highlights and recaps.
On television, coverage continues throughout the week on Titulares y Más, featuring special segments and reports from Las Vegas with expert analysis and the latest from Canelo and Jacobs. The week-long coverage plans include all main events such as the fighter arrivals, press conferences, weigh-in and interviews with Canelo, Jacobs and Oscar De La Hoya. Karim Mendiburu will host the late-night sports show from Las Vegas starting Wednesday.
On May 4, Telemundo Deportes’ Premier League coverage on Universo will incorporate special segments during the pre-game show at 2:30 p.m. ET, ahead of the Newcastle vs. Liverpool matchup, with live reports and the latest news and updates from Las Vegas. The comprehensive news and information programming around the big fight will conclude that evening on Titulares y Más with highlights, interviews and reactions from Las Vegas.
The Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs super-fight will be streamed live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas exclusively on DAZN with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Telemundo Deportes is the U.S. leading sports brand and destination for the biggest, best global sports programming in Spanish-language. It is home to two of the world’s most popular sporting events: the FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. It is also the home of the 2019 Copa America. In addition, Telemundo Deportes broadcasts the Premier League, Boxeo Telemundo Ford, the #1 boxing program in Spanish, and Titulares y Más, the #1 sports news, entertainment and commentary show in Spanish, among other recognized sports properties.
Canelo vs. Jacobs, Ortiz vs. Herrera Fight Previews
By: William Holmes
On Saturday night Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Promotions will match their best welterweights against each other to unify the WBC, WBA, and IBF Middleweight Titles.
This bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The co-main event of the night will be between Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Mauricio Herrera in the welterweight division. Other undercard fights will feature boxers such as Pablo Cesar Cano, Michael Perez, Joseph Diaz Jr., Sadam Ali, Lamont Roach, and Jonathan Oquendo.
Photo Credit: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
The following is a preview of the co-main event and main event of the evening.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0) vs. Mauricio Herrera (24-8); Welterweight Division
Vergil Ortiz is a young up and coming prospect that has twelve wins on his record, as well as twelve stoppage victories. He’s only twenty one years old, and will be facing someone that is seventeen years his elder who only has seven stoppage victories.
Ortiz will have about a two and half inch height advantage over Herrera, but will be giving up about an inch and a half in reach. Ortiz has been very active and fought once in 2019, three times in 2018, and five times in 2017. Herrera has not been as active. He fought once in 2018 and twice in 2017.
Ortiz also has a significant edge in amateur experience. He’s a former National Silver and Golden Gloves Champion, while Herrera has no notable amateur achievements.
Ortiz hasn’t faced any top level competition yet, but has defeated the likes of Jesus A. Valdez Barrayan, Roberto Ortiz, Juan Carlos Salgado, and Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez.
Herrera has lost three of his past five fights. He has defeated the likes of Jesus Soto karass, Hector Velazquez, Henry Lundy, Johan Perez, Ji Hoon Kim, and Mike Dallas Jr. His eight losses, many of them recently, were to Sadam Ali, Pablo Cesar Cano, Frankie Gomez, Jose Benavidez Jr., Danny Garcia, Karim Mayfield, Mike Alvarado, and Mike Anchondo.
Herrera is a good test for Ortiz in that he has eight losses but was never stopped, while Ortiz has yet to go to the judge’s scorecards. If Ortiz is able to stop Herrera you’ll know his power is for real, but Herrera doesn’t appear to be a real threat to give Ortiz his first loss.
Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2) vs. Daniel Jacobs (35-2); WBC/WBA/IBF Middleweight Titles
Canelo Alvarez is only twenty eight years old, but already has fifty four fights to his resume and has been a champion in the light middleweight, middleweight, and super middleweight divisions.
His opponent, Daniel Jacobs, is thirty two years old and considered by many to be the best opponent that Canelo could face in the middleweight division.
Jacobs will have about a three and a half inch height advantage and about a two and a half inch reach advantage over Canelo. Canelo has the edge in youth, but both boxers are still in their athletic prime.
Canelo and Jacobs both fought twice in 2017 and 2018, which is pretty standard for most champions and top contenders in boxing. Both boxers have pretty decent power, with Canelo stopping thirty five of his opponents and Jacobs stopping twenty nine. However, Canelo only has two stoppage victories in his past five fights and Jacobs only has one stoppage victory in his past five fights.
Canelo turned professional at the age of fifteen so he doesn’t have the amateur accomplishments of Jacobs, but he was a former Junior Mexican National Championship Gold Medalist. Jacobs had a successful career in the amateur circuit in the United States. He’s a former Junior Olympics National Champion and a former Golden Gloves National Champion.
Canelo’s only loss in his career was to Floyd Mayweather Jr. He has beaten the likes of Rocky Fielding, Gennady Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Liam Smith, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, James Kirkland, Erislandy lara, Alfredo Angulo, Austin Trout, Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez, and Alfonso Gomez.
Jacobs losses were to Gennady Golvokin in a close decision and a stunning upset knockout loss to Dmitry Pirog. He has defeated the likes of Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Maciej Sulecki, Luis Arias, Sergio Mora, Peter Quillin, Caleb Truax, Jarrod Fletcher.
This should be a close and intriguing fight. Canelo, rightly, is the betting favorite and he has the more impressive list of victories. However, Jacobs does have a rather significant height and reach advantage on Canelo and he has spent most of his career fighting in the middleweight division. If Jacobs can stay on the outside and use his reach and footwork to his advantage he can pull out the victory.
But the judges have been kind to Canelo in the scorecards before, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the same thing happens on Saturday.
Judging Concerns Hang Over Canelo-Jacobs Fight Week
By: Sean Crose
There is no doubt that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is the biggest star in boxing. Even Anthony Joshua, enormously popular as he is in the Europe, has yet to attain the North American appeal that the red haired Mexican star has. Canelo’s popularity among Las Vegas judges, however, has caused many to raise eyebrows. After judge CJ Ross decided to go against her peers and score 2013’s Canelo-Floyd Mayweather battle for the then up and coming Canelo, the now pound for pound talent has stood accused of receiving favorable treatment.
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For CJ Ross wasn’t the only Vegas judge to rule questionably in Canelo’s favor. Cuban slickster Erislandy Lara was denied a victory over Canelo in Vegas after a razor thin twelve round bout. And then came Gennady Golovkin. The highly touted Canelo-GGG fight of 2017 ended in an outrageously controversial draw. Needless to say, most observes felt Canelo should have lost the fight on the scorecards. A 2018 rematch saw Canelo win a decision in a bout that, once again, many felt Golovkin had done enough to win.
Hence the fear that Daniel Jacobs, the 35-2 IBF middleweight champ, will have to knock the 51-1-2 Canelo out if he hopes to win their fight this Saturday night in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. Should the highly anticipated Canelo-Jacobs bout go the full scheduled 12 rounds this weekend, some fret Canelo will add Jacob’s title to his own WBA and WBC titles – whether he deserves to or not. This can be problematic, as Canelo is one of the highest paid athletes on earth. Should the public embrace the opinion that Canelo always wins, both Canelo’s and contemporary boxing’s reputations could take a real hit.
However, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Executive Director, Bob Bennett, has argued furiously that no corruption is to be found in his jurisdiction. Bringing up his own past, Bennett is quoted by Yahoo’s Kevin Iole as saying: “I indicted a boxing case for a fixed fight, and I traveled all over the country to interview fighters who took a dive to get money under the table and it was proven in a court of law.” Bennett went on to add that “fighters want to come here and fight because they know we will go above and beyond to do that. Any suggestion otherwise is bull s—t.”
Although the Commission’s honesty may be unimpeachable, it’s competence might remain a concern. For intensely controversial judge Adelaide Byrd was named as a potential official for the Canelo-Jacobs bout by the Commission in the lead up to this weekend’s fight.
Canelo vs. Jacobs: A Battle of Two Tanks
By: Rahat Haque
Canelo Alvarez and Danny Jacobs will be facing each other this Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena at Las Vegas. Even though a GGG vs Canelo III makes more sense based on popular demand, we know styles makes fights in boxing. Thus, this title unification fight between two of the best names at 160 was inevitable. The fans want the best to fight the best, and so this should be treat to watch. UK viewers will be able to watch the match at Sky Sports, US viewers will be able to see the fight at the new sports streaming service DAZN. It is partner of both Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Sport and it even secured the ring announcing services of Michael Buffer.
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The game of boxing provides many twists and turns. Dmitry Pirog was able to knockout Danny Jacobs in the 5th round in July 2010. Jacobs would fight twice more before being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2011, a form of bone cancer. Pirog on the other hand, would be forced into an early retirement only 3 fights later in 2012, after not being able to recuperate from a ruptured disc. But shortly after, in that same year, Jacobs made a full recovery and scored a TKO in his comeback win against Josh Luteran. Jacobs has not looked back ever since, only losing to the formidable and excellent Gennday Golovkin. He especially caught boxing’s eye with his first round knock out of Peter Quillin, who was very much a budding star himself at 160 until then. After that happened, Peter took a long break before coming back to fight again, and has avoided the limelight since then. Perhaps the morale here is, we do not always know what life throws at us, it is beyond our control. Boxing imitates life in this fashion. We also are unsure what will transpire inside the squared circle. From the outset, Canelo is a huge favorite. It would seem that the Cinderella man, or The Miracle Man as Jacobs is dubbed, is in for a defeat.
It is not that Canelo cannot be beaten. Floyd Mayweather beat him fair and square, using his skills and stamina to full use. Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout gave him good bouts, finding success on the outside, and using their athleticism to outwork Canelo to a great degree. But when it comes to landing the most decisive blows, Canelo is unmatched. He does not waste any effort. He is willing engager on the inside and out, with underrated defense via parrying and head movement. But he does stop to take breaks in between rounds, which would have lit up Jacob’s eyes. The Matchroom fighter will look to capitalize on these cessations against the Golden Boy fighter, hoping to catch him by surprise. But if Canelo could withstand GGG’s power, he should be able to do the same with Jacobs. But Jacobs is quicker on his feet than GGG, which should give him angles GGG could not exploit in his fight with Canelo. Actually, the more you look into it, it is not that Canelo is the best or most dominant fighter, it’s just that he knows how to get wins. He has the science of winning boxing matches down packed. There was a sizeable contingent of fans objecting to the decisions in the Lara and GGG encounters, who felt it was closer than the refs saw it, or that it could have even gone the other way! But Canelo and his camp will be quick to remind you that it is him who always ends up landing the cleaner and crisper shots, while doing more to make the other fighter miss. Basically, he has gotten very good at doing to others what Mayweather did to him. This does not make him fearsome, but makes him nearly unbeatable. There is also the notion among fans that any close decisions always go to him, being Golden Boy’s cash cow.
From Danny Jacob’s perspective, he has nothing to lose. He along with Gennady, Canelo and Andrade are the four fighters at middleweight who all pass the eye test. If he is not fighting these guys in the division, then there is no point of him hanging around. Billy Joe Saunders was another name in the division, but he has moved up to 168 after not being able to make the cut anymore at middleweight. In order to cause the upset and come out with a victory against Canelo, he has to use his massive height advantage. If Jacobs really wants to win, he has to become a jab first fighter, which he is not. He is known more for his hooks, and his first instinct would be to step inside and trade with Canelo. He may take a few of Canelo’s shots to slip in a few of his heavy hooks. The only problem with such a strategy is it keeps the fight at a pace favorable to Canelo. As long as they are both trading, Canelo would be confident in landing the more effective punches before changing angles on Jacobs. But if Jacobs fights behind his jab the whole night, he has the potential to frustrate Canelo, forcing the Mexican superstar into some mistakes. There is one small problem with this logic however, which is Canelo has an excellent jab himself! But if Danny wants to win, he will have to fight a fight he never fought before. Despite what happens in the T-Mobile Arena this weekend, both fighters need to fight Demetrius Andrade pretty soon. Like Jacobs, Andrade is signed to Matchroom which should facilitate negotiations.
Daniel Jacobs: Keys to Victory
By: Hans Themistode
IBF champ Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) will have the biggest challenge of his career when he takes on fellow champion Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs). The two are slated to do battle at the T-Mobile arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jacobs has been in big fights before, but this will undoubtedly be his toughest yet. Not many are expecting the Brooklyn born native to defeat the Mexican super star. It’s understandable, Canelo, after all is one of the very fighters in all of boxing. The task of defeating Canelo will be a difficult one, but it isn’t impossible.
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So how exactly will Jacobs go about picking up the biggest win of his career? Keep reading as we tell you the three keys that will lead the “Miracle Man” to victory on Cinco De Mayo.
Hold Your Ground
The key to beating Canelo is movement correct? Wrong. This is a huge misconception when facing the unified Middleweight champion. Amir Khan attempted this method and was knocked out. Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout also tried to implement this game plan and was throughly outboxed in the process. Erislandy Lara did the best job of using not only movement but a consistent offensive attack to keep Canelo at bay. Although most felt Lara did more than enough to win the contest, Canelo still came home with the victory. Why?
It’s because, simply hitting Canelo with meaningless shots and moving wasn’t enough to sway the judges in Lara’s favor. Instead, he should take a page from the book of Floyd Mayweather.
When the aforementioned Mayweather and Canelo fought back in 2013, Mayweather spent long durations of that contest holding his ground and outboxing Canelo in the center of the ring. There were even times were Mayweather pushed back the much bigger Alvarez. Traditionally, Jacobs has always been a mover. For this fight however he needs to hold his position and not let Canelo bully him inside the squared circle.
Keep The Jab Going All Night
Coming into this contest Jacobs has a three inch height and reach advantage, he should be able to connect with his jab at will. Canelo possesses excellent head movement but if Jacobs continually fires off his jab he should be able to connect at will. Luckily for Jacobs the jab is one of his best weapons. The jab will not only cause Canelo to rethink how he plans on getting closer to his man, but it will also Jacobs to follow up with something vicious behind it.
Canelo is such a versatile fighter, that it is difficult to prepare for his form of attack. However, he is still the shorter fighter by a significant margin. If Canelo elects to march forward, Jacobs should make him pay in the form of eating leather from his jab all night long.
Stay Off The Ropes
Jacobs has a habit of staying on the ropes. In most instances, it’s a good thing. Once Jacobs gets there he isn’t a sitting duck. On the contrary he often times makes his opponent miss while landing big shots of his own. While this game plan may win against other fighters, trying it against Canelo will lead to the IBF champions downfall. Canelo is a terrific combination puncher. Not only does he often times find his mark but he also manages to get his opponent in serious trouble as well.
Most importantly those flashy combinations catch the eyes of the judges, and that is the last thing that Jacobs wants to happen. We all understand the narrative that is surrounding Canelo, he seems to get favorable decisions. Siting back on the ropes and allowing him to tee off won’t be the wisest decision for Jacobs.
Keep the action off the ropes. Jacobs can’t afford to let Canelo trap him against the ropes repeatedly, it will be a recipe for disaster.
Canelo vs. Jacobs: Who Holds the Edge
By: Hans Themistode
We are only a few days away from arguably the biggest fight of the year. IBF Middleweight title holder Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) will have his biggest test to date when he takes on unified champion Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs). These two are slated to throw down on May 4th, at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fans are in for a real treat when these two lock horns. Who exactly wins this contest is anybody’s guess as they are very evenly matched. If you are still scratching your head trying to figure out who has the edge, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
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Canelo has always been known as a big puncher. He has a few highlight level knockouts under his belt including, a body shot that took the air completely out of Liam Smith. A perfectly timed right hand to the chin of Amir Khan, and a one punch KO of James Kirkland. All of those knockout victories reached the Sport Center reel. His power really cannot be questioned. He couldn’t put a dent in the chin of Gennady Golovkin (GGG) but that’s mainly because GGG apparently has a chin forged of iron. Usually when Canelo hits his opponents on the button they crumble.
The IBF champ Daniel Jacobs started off his career knocking out 14 of his first 15 opponents. His level of power is staggering. As his level of opposition has increased he has found it more difficult to stop his opponents. He hasn’t scored a stoppage win since his 2016 thrashing of Sergio Mora. Jacobs has however, put his past three opponents on the canvas. He hasn’t been to get the stoppage but he has had them seriously hurt. All Jacobs needs is one opening and it’s lights out.
Jacobs has the higher knockout percentage, but Canelo has knocked out the more impressive competition. Jacobs has plenty of pop in his fist but Canelo seems to have a bit more. They both have a common foe in GGG. Although neither man was able to hurt him, GGG seemed to have an easier time walking through the punches of Jacobs.
It’s a close call but forced to make a decision, Canelo gets the slight nod.
Canelo Alvarez has very fast hands. Whenever he lets them go, his opponents have a difficult time getting out of the way. Although his hands are quick, his feet are a bit on the slow side.
Alvarez doesn’t exactly glide across the ring. It’s more of a plodding. Often times he remains flat footed which is great for landing his power shots, but it doesn’t allow him to move around the ring as fast as he would like.
There is nothing slow about Daniel Jacobs. His hand speed is among the best in boxing. Not only is it hard for opponents to stay away from his shots, but it’s also hard to cut the ring off effectively on him as he has very quick feet.
Danny’s speed make him a nightmare for all of his opponents. The constant movement of his feet along with his fast hands makes it hard for anyone to catch up with him
Sometimes it can look as though Canelo is walking in cement. His hands are very quick but, the lower half of his body just isn’t. He has improved tremendously over the years, but Jacobs is still the much fast fighter.
In terms of hand speed, these two fighters are close. When we add foot speed to the equation, everything leans towards Jacobs.
Canelo may not be the fleetest of foot, but he is still extremely hard to hit with a clean shot. His upper body movement is something to marvel at. What separates Canelo from his opponents on the defensive side is that he doesn’t have to take a step back. Often times Canelo stands right in the middle of the ring with his opponents and effortlessly makes them miss. It’s a thing of beauty.
Jacobs is a responsible fighter defensively. He stays at a safe range, and doesn’t allow his opponents to come charging in. He has very solid head movement but it’s his ability to control distance that makes him difficult to hit.
The IBF champ’s feet also help keep him out of harms way. He is constantly in motion which frustrates his opponents to no end. When Jacobs does find himself along the ropes, he is still a difficult opponent to nail with hard shots. All in all, his defense all around is very impressive.
With Jacobs having the edge in terms of height and reach often times against his opponents, he avoids taking big shots. His feet also keep him out of harms way. With that being said, Canelo does a better job of avoiding big shots. Time and time again he makes his opponents look silly as they miss at a ridiculously high rate. This is another close call but Canelo takes home this category.
For a long time, Danny Jacobs has developed a reputation of being a bit chinny. There is a bit of credence to this remark. Jacobs was stopped in the fifth round against Dmitry Pirog back in 2010. Don’t read into this too much as he was dealing with several personal issues outside of the ring. The knockdown he suffered against GGG back in 2017, is also understandable considering how much power the former champion possesses.
His 2015 first round knockdown against Sergio Mora however is unacceptable. Jacobs did go on to win that contest but that’s besides the point. In 36 professional fights, Mora only stopped 9 of his opponent. He just isn’t a power puncher to say the least.
The unified champ, has a serious set of whiskers on him. He has never hit the deck in his entire career. Canelo was only briefly buzzed in his career at the hands of Jose Miguel Cotto back in 2010. Canelo, who was only 19 at the time stumbled slightly after Cotto connected with a left hand. Other than that blimp on the radar you won’t find Canelo in any trouble from a physical standpoint in the ring in his entire career.
It’s not that Canelo hasn’t been in there with big punchers because he has. His chin is just one of if not the very best out there.
This one isn’t particularly close. Jacobs doesn’t have a bad chin. In fact it’s a good one. Canelo on the other hand has a chin that is on a whole other level in comparison.
The claims that Canelo has issues with his stamina is a bit of hyperbole. Sure, he gets winded during some of his contests but that’s normal. Many have made it seem as though he is huffing and puffing after every round.
In his first fight against GGG, he seemed to be running on fumes during the later rounds. Canelo did a much better job from a fitness standpoint during the rematch, but he does have a few issues when forced to go the full 12 rounds.
Jacobs seemingly never gets tired. Early on in his career he was stopping everyone, so questions of his stamina seemed appropriate. In his past four contest he has gone the full 12 rounds, and he has looked just as fresh in round 12 as he did in round 1. It is really remarkable how energetic he looks at all times during his contests.
Canelo can fight for 12 full rounds but, Jacobs can seemingly fight for 15 rounds if need be. Jacobs has never looked tired during any contest in his entire career, while Canelo on the other hand has had a few issues. The IBF champ pulls in this category.
It was a close call but Canelo just edged out Jacobs in our categories list. This of course wont have any barring on the actual fight but it does show us who has the edge going into the match.
This is a razor close match but on paper it seems as though Canelo has the slight edge going in.
Canelo Alvarez: Keys to Victory
By: Hans Themistode
Styles make fights. It is exactly why IBF Middleweight champion, Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is viewed as one of Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) toughest opponents to date. Outside of Floyd Mayweather, Canelo just hasn’t faced someone that has the full package that Jacobs possesses. Power, movement, boxing ability, Jacobs has it all. Solving the Daniel Jacobs puzzle will be a difficult one, but not impossible.
Check out the three keys that could ultimately lead Canelo Alvarez to victory Saturday night.
Work The Body
Jacobs is a big man. Standing at almost 6 feet tall, he dwarfs the 5 foot 8 Canelo. However, the IBF champ isn’t your typical big guy. Jacobs doesn’t use his size to bully smaller foes. Instead he uses movement to attack by using different angles. Canelo has a history of having issues with fighters that are constantly moving. Jacobs is expected to use his feet to his advantage. Canelo can slow down the bigger man by mounting a consistent body attack. Jacobs might be light on his feet to start the contest but, will he be able to withstand those constant shots to the body? With the power Canelo possesses it would be hard to imagine Jacobs being able to move for all 12 rounds. If Canelo neglects to go downstairs, then we could see Jacobs box circles around the Mexican superstar.
Make Him Miss And Pay
There is no secret that Jacobs plans on utilizing his height and reach advantage come fight night. He is after all three inches taller than Canelo while sporting a three inch longer reach as well. The jab of Jacobs will be a big part of his game plan. Canelo has terrific head movement, we can expect that to be on full display. Not only does Canelo need to make Jacobs miss but he also needs to make him pay with big counter shots as well. If Canelo is successfully able to land his counter shots early and often then he could make Jacobs second guess his own offense.
Keep Things Close
For as great as Jacobs is on the outside, his inside game leaves a bit too be desired. Canelo is a terrific boxer. There is a reason why he is on virtually every pound for pound list, his boxing skill can’t be denied, but against a fighter like Jacobs he is at a disadvantage if he tries to make this a boxing contest. If Canelo elects to keep this fight at long range, he could find himself eating leather all night. Canelo’s biggest advantage comes from the clinch and his inside game. Jacobs just hasn’t shown a natural tendency at being a great inside fighter. This is where Canelo can make a statement as he does some of the very best inside work in all of boxing. Constant combinations to the body and head will be key. Canelo also seems to be the more physically stronger man. He can use this to his advantage as well on the inside. Can Canelo win if he keeps this fight on the outside? Sure he could, but he can turn this fight into an easy one if he can constantly get on the inside and rough his man up a bit.
Should Daniel Jacobs Really Be Worried About the Judges?
By: Hans Themistode
When facing Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) there are a number of things to be wary of. Canelo has a ton of power and speed. He also knows how to use those attributes. The boxing IQ of Canelo is as good as it gets as well. Lastly and most importantly, the judges absolutely love him. For the few of you that are laughing, that actually was not a joke.
In the career of Canelo Alvarez, he has had his fair share of questionable decisions. In his first fight against GGG he was given a draw. Many fans and media alike felt that was the wrong decision. The subsequent rematch went in the favor of Canelo and although it was a much closer fight, many felt as though that fight as well should have went in GGG’s favor.
How about his 2014 fight against Erislandy Lara? The outrage was at an all-time high when the judges ruled in Canelo’s favor. Lara continuously landed shots while making Canelo miss. That wasn’t enough to get him the decision.
The lone blemish on the record of Canelo came during a 2013 matchup with Floyd Mayweather. The aforementioned Mayweather absolutely schooled Canelo. It wasn’t particularly close in any way shape or form, yet some how one judge managed to score the contest a draw. Although that judge was ultimately over ruled by the remaining judges it still left a bad taste in the mouth of those that were involved.
Should Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) be worried about an unfavorable scorecard? He should be.
The old expression in boxing goes, “take the decision out of the judges hands.” That essentially means to knock your opponent out. The only problem with this is that Canelo has quite possibly the best chin in all of boxing. Jacobs carries a ton of power but it seems unlikely that he will turn this into a short night.
Discussing officiating is never a good sign. Jacobs shouldn’t head into his May 4th contest worried about not receiving a fair shake in the judges eyes. If he truly is the better fighter as he has proclaimed time and time again, then simply prove it.
If Jacobs does get screwed by the judges then at the very least he will be viewed favorably in the eyes of the fans.
For the sake of boxing, we all hope that this contest does not come down to shady scoring. Unfortunately, in the career of Canelo, the judges have always had his back.
Jacobs may need to fight the perfect fight in order to get the biggest win of his career, and even that might not be good enough.
Daniel Jacobs: Against All Odds
By: Hans Themistode
We live in a world today where betting has been legalized in several states. It’s become the norm for your average Joe to drop a few bucks on who he thinks will win an upcoming sporting event.
Current IBF Middleweight titlist, Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is your classic underdog story, as he’s beaten the odds before. His story of defeating cancer has been regurgitated over and over again. It’s a remarkable tale. He has gone from, being told he will never box again nor walk to a world champion and one of the very best in the entire sport of boxing.
Even with his penchant of doing the improbable, Jacobs still finds himself as the underdog for his contest on May 4th, against unified champion Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs)
What exactly is an underdog? Simply put, it is a person or team that the general public believes won’t win their upcoming contest.
On paper it’s understandable. Canelo is the bigger name and has fought a murderous row of competition. He has always looked to fight the biggest and best names out there. With the exception of Floyd Mayweather, Canelo has defeated all comers. Sure, there have been a few controversies but that’s besides the point right now. On paper his record is as good as it gets in the world of boxing.
Going into his contest against Daniel Jacobs, Canelo is once again considered the favorite, but something seems wrong this time around. Jacobs has the advantage seemingly everywhere. Height, reach, knockout percentage etc. You name it and Jacobs more than likely holds the edge.
So why is Canelo not only the favorite but a sizable one at that? Jacobs has his own belief as to why this is the case.
“ I think it’s more about his name than anything,” said Jacobs. “ He’s a great fighter don’t get me wrong but I don’t believe he should be favored over me. He’s a star in the sport so I understand it but, true boxing heads know I should be the favorite.”
The odds may seem to indicate that Canelo will have his hands raised Saturday night but those odds will have no input on how the actual fight will play out.
“As for the odds, I don’t really care about that type of stuff. They wont help him win the fight.”
For as great of a fighter as Jacobs is, he is very much an afterthought. After Canelo defeats him on May 4th, he will move on to bigger and better things. Or at least, that is the hope.
Canelo may hold the advantage in the view of public but on paper and in the ring Daniel Jacobs is the favorite, a big one in fact.
Being an underdog has fueled Jacobs for much of his career but soon he will have to find a new source of motivation. After Cinco De Mayo, Jacobs will no longer be labeled an underdog ever again.
Daniel Jacobs: “By Popular Demand”
By: Sean Crose
“I know that real recognize real,” IBF middleweight champ Daniel Jacobs said to me on a Monday conference call. I had just brought up the fact that Jacobs seemed very self-assured that he would get another big fight after he had just lost a controversial decision to Gennady Golovkin back in 2017. “I knew that it would be by popular demand that I would be back at this stage.” Sure enough, Jacobs was right to trust his gut, for he’s set to battle WBA and WBC champ Canelo Alvarez in a title unifier May 4th – Cinco de Mayo weekend – in Las Vegas.
Even though he was unhappy with the decision loss to Golovkin, the cancer survivor was quick to let the world know some very big things emerged from the experience. “So many opportunities arose from just that one fight with Golovkin,” the 35-2 fighter continued. “I knew this opportunity would present itself.” Jacobs pointed out that, while some fighters allow themselves to get destroyed by close, controversial losses, he didn’t let the experience of losing to Golovkin get the better of him. “I knew it wasn’t the end of me,” he added. “I knew that it was a matter of time before we got to this level (again).”
Jacobs is the rare fighter who is able to be interesting without being overtly showy. Aside from his victorious battle against cancer, the 32 year old carries with him a confidence that assures people he can let his ability speak for itself. In this sense, he is similar to Canelo, another fighter who doesn’t feel much of a need for smack talk. “It’s never been in my nature,” Jacobs said of trash talking. “I know that boxing is just a sport.” Jacobs also made it clear that he was grateful Canelo takes the same mature approach to matters as he does. “This has been a breath of fresh air for me,” Jacobs stated of the overall promotion.
Matchroom honcho Eddie Hearn, who represents Jacobs, said he’s happy with the relationship Matchroom and Canelo’s team, Golden Boy Promotions, have as well. “We’ve always worked well on fights together,” he said when I brought up the two companies’ working relationship. Hearn also admitted that having both fighters appearing on the DAZN streaming service proved to be helpful, too. “It was a game changer,” he said of Jacobs agreeing to fight on DAZN. Continuing on in the spirit of good sportsmanship that has permeated the leadup to the May 4th battle, Hearn went on to give credit to Canelo for taking the match.
“I actually feel Canelo deserves respect, as well,” he said. “This is the roughest fight out there for him.”
Daniel Jacobs Discusses Showdown With Canelo At Media Workout
By: Hans Themistode
Daniel Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is less than three weeks away from the biggest fight of his career. Come May 4th, Jacobs will be standing across the ring from Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) in Las Vegas Nevada. At stake will be Alvarez’s WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles, while Jacobs will have his IBF belt on the line as well.
Jacobs has always had a supremely high self confidence in not just his matchup with Alvarez, but also about his abilities against anyone.
Photo Credit: Golden Boy Boxing Twitter Account
“I am the best Middleweight in the world,” said Jacobs during a media workout in New York. “This fight against Canelo will show the world what I already know.”
When looking at the resume of Jacobs it is hard to argue against him. He has defeated the likes of Sergio Mora (twice), Peter Quillin, Caleb Truax and Sergiy Derevychenko to name a few. He didn’t just defeat those fighters but he flat out dominated, scoring a knockout in every one of those fights with the exception of the Derevychenko contest. For the record he did score a knockdown and had him in serious trouble.
Jacobs has also been in the ring with former Middleweight king Gennady Golovkin (GGG) as well. All of these fights have given Jacobs the confidence that he is indeed the best in the world. In his matchup against the aforementioned GGG, it was a back and forth affair, one that saw Jacobs get off the deck to give GGG arguably his toughest fight to date. It ultimately ended in Jacobs losing a close unanimous decision. Jacobs understands what he has in front of him in Alvarez and won’t overlook him at all. With that being said however, he does have an eye on GGG going forward.
“That is a fight that I still want because I know that I am better than he is. After I beat Canelo I can give GGG the rematch and prove that I am better than him.”
The first fight between GGG and Jacobs was a close call. A rematch would be welcomed by the fans, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. His matchup with Canelo isn’t just a difficult task, but it is one that most boxing fans are expecting him to lose, but are they right in their assumptions?
On paper Jacobs has the advantage everywhere. He is three and a half inches taller, possesses a 3 inch reach advantage while also sporting a higher knockout percentage than Canelo as well. So why are so many doubting his chances?
“I think people doubt me because Canelo is such a popular guy. He’s a great fighter don’t get me wrong but real boxing people know what I bring to the table.”
Much of the talk surrounding this fight is the judging. For as great as Canelo has been, many would argue that he has had more than his fair share of friendly scoring. Jacobs however, is tired of talking about it.
“It is a little annoying that we keep talking about judges and favoritism, but it’s also facts. That’s why it’s talked about so much. I just want to be able to go in there with a free frame of mind. I don’t want to have to go in there with any extra stress because Canelo is already a force in there.”
The last thing the sport of boxing needs is yet another questionable decision. Jacobs, is not letting those perceived issues worry him. There is only thing that he envisions come Cinco De Mayo.
“All I see is my hand being raised.”