Big Fight Preview: Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (51-1-2) and Daniel Jacobs (35-2) are set to collide in a middleweight title unification fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.Canelo vs Jacobs has the boxing world abuzz for many reasons, including the fact that a lot is on the line in this fight.
Alvarez is the lineal middleweight champion and currently holds the WBA and WBC middleweight titles following his controversial unanimous decision win over Gennady Golovkin in their rematch last year.
He will now look to add one more title to his collection with a win over Jacobs, who currently holds the IBF middleweight title following his win over Serhiy Derevianchenko last year.
Here’s a breakdown of the Canelo vs Jacobs bout, which has the potential to be an instant classic, from Nitrogen Sports Blog.
Canelo will not have a walk in a park against Jacobs
While Alvarez is favored by oddsmakers to win this Canelo vs Jacobs bout, it is not an absolute indication that he’s just going to grab Jones’ belt and walk away with it without being challenged hard.
Jacobs is arguably the toughest fighter not named Gennady Golovkin in the middleweight division, and there are many who still believe the latter should have defeated Alvarez in the two fights they’ve had..
Golovkin is a common denominator for Alvarez and Jacobs, as he fought both fighters, and if anything, Jacobs made a good account of himself against Golovkin, albeit in a loss.
While Jacobs lost on points to Golovkin back in 2017, it was a closer fight than what the decision reflects.
Alvarez will have a size and reach disadvantage against Jacobs as well, and while that’s not been an issue in the past for him, the American is one of the better opponents he will be facing in recent times.
Jacobs needs the performance of his life
While Jacobs won’t be an easy task for Alvarez by any means, the Mexican will arguably be the toughest and most experienced fighter he has ever faced. Alvarez not only has far more experience, but has fought better opponents overall as well.
Jacobs has the length, footwork and hand speed to trouble Alvarez, but he has to be perfect for the majority of the fight. He will try to keep distance and outwork the 28-year-old, but if he gets reckless, he could get caught by the excellent counter-puncher.
Alvarez displayed some terrific counter-punching abilities in his two fights against Golovkin, so Jacobs will have to keep that in mind whenever he tries to be aggressive and chase Alvarez in the ring.
And if the fight goes the distance, there’s always the risk of the judges favoring Alvarez.
Jacobs, though, has knocked out nearly 83 percent of his opponents compared to Alvarez’s 64 percent, but the latter has shown to have an extremely durable chin, especially after going 24 rounds with Golovkin.
Conclusion for Canelo vs Jacobs
As mentioned above, this will be a close and exciting fight which is likely to go the distance.
Jacobs will certainly trouble Alvarez at points during the fight and will win some rounds, but the latter should come away with the victory. He is simply far more experienced and has adapted to and overcome a number of different opponents in the past. Saturday should not be any different.
Boxing is still very much alive, contrary to what many naysayers of the sport are preaching today. And Canelo vs Jacobs is sure to be proof of that, as it’s guaranteed to attract a ton of attention.
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