Canelo vs Jacobs Saturday Night in Las Vegas
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Saturday night, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Cinco De Mayo weekend, the Middleweight Unification Championship belt was on the line at T-Mobile Arena. There was not a lot of hoopla leading up to this fight between two historically modest champions. That certainly changed quickly, at the pre-fight weigh when Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2 5KO’s) and Daniel Jacobs (35-2 29 KOs) swapped sweat as their foreheads collided. This caused the energy and anticipation for this Championship Fight to grow instantly.
During the official Weight-In Jacobs was the first to step on the scale the day before the fight, weighing in at 170 lbs. Shortly thereafter Alvarez, the Lineal Middleweight World Champion, weighed in at 169.5 lbs. Jacobs was waiting for Canelo for the customary Face Off and photo opportunity. Once Canelo got his sweatpants on, he quickly approached the waiting Daniels and appeared the lean in on Daniels as their foreheads collided before they were quickly separated.
Staged or not, this minor skirmish created an immediate buzz in the Arena and boxing world. Even though this appeared to be a good matchup on paper and several people I know picked Jacobs to win this fight outright, I wasn’t very confident in Jacobs chances against the more agile and harder hitting Alvarez. But this wasn’t Jacobs’ first time being doubted.
Whether it’s coming from the tough street of Brownsville, New York, to become the IBF World Championship or probably more impressively known for defeating cancer several years ago, one wouldn’t have to dig too deep to be inspired by the story of “Miracle Man” Daniel Jacobs. On the surface, this Champion would pose a formidable threat for Alvarez.
As the career of the Guadalajara, Mexico, native Canelo Alvarez continues to rise. Canelo is seeking to unify the Middleweight Division Championships with a victory against Jacobs on Saturday. Having already defeated Austin Trout, Shane Mosely and most recently Gennady Golovkin this unification bout would further elevate his stardom in the sport of boxing.
The Lineal Middleweight Champion controlled this fight for most of the evening. Though I scored a few rounds for Daniel Jacobs, Canelo’s agility made it difficult for Jacobs to land effective punches. It was only in the later rounds, that Jacobs was able to get a clean shot on Canelo that forced him to take some steps back. However, Canelo’s effectiveness slipping punches and the ability to respond quickly has always been challenging for his opponents. I scored it 8-4 Canelo, I wouldn’t have argued at a 7-5 score card, as there were a couple rounds that were truly tough to score.
When Daniel came up to address the media, he started off by stating, “I feel accomplished, l feel great. 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.” “It definitely took me a couple of rounds to get my wits about me, to figure out his rhythm, because he’s a pot shot-er. He was a fast guy, very slippery. It was a great contest tonight, I look forward to the future. I feel like I gave enough tonight to get the victory so I’ll have to go back to the tapes to see exactly what happened.”
I asked Jacobs about the weight clause he agreed to and how that played out during the fight, his response was “I didn’t feel any different. I’m just a naturally big middleweight. I made the sacrifice of coming in 173 and paying a hefty fine for it but at the end of the day, I made sacrifices. I got the short end of the stick, but to my fans, to all my survivors out there who appreciate me and my story for what I represent, I thank you. The journey is not over. I continue to strive for success and be the best I can be.”
Other than the refs, Daniel Jacobs was out there to please one guy, in particular, his son who was sitting in the second row, ‘”’I asked him, ‘do you think Daddy did a good job?’’ He said, “‘Yes Dad, you did a great job.’ That’s all that matters to me, I’ll go home and be the best I can be.’”
When asked to share his thoughts on the fight Canelo responded by saying, “It was just what we thought, 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.”
Alvarez was also asked about Daniel Jacobs switching to southpaw during the fight, to which he responded by saying, “It’s normal. It’s obviously just a matter of adapting when they switch righty to lefty.”
“It was a hard shot, but no. I went to the corner, they asked me, it was no big deal, I just continued with my fight.” This was Alvarez’ response when asked about the clean shot he took late in the fight.
“No, for me, it’s over. But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.” This was the response of Canelo when he was asked if there’s any unfinished business with GGG. He continued on to say, “that’s why I’m here. That’s what I was born for. To fight. To defend what’s mine. I’ll fight anyone.”
Though Canelo wants to clean out the division and collect all the belts to be had, a third Canelo vs Gennady Golovkin bout appears to be in the making. This appears to be the biggest fight for Canelo unless they could convince Andre Ward to come out of retirement. What do you believe would be the best fight Canelo and let us know where he ranks on your best pound for pound list, please let us know by sharing with reaching out to me on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com.