By Xavier Porter | May 5, 2019

“Chess not Checkers.” – Unknown

There’s a saying in life that “size matters.” Well in this case, size really didn’t play a part in this fight. In fact, it was more of a thinking man’s fight between the now WBC, WBA, IBF, RING Middleweight World Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs former IBF Middleweight World Champion with Alvarez defeating the latter by unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113, 116-112).

In the much hyped undisputed middleweight championship three-division world champion Alvarez (52-1-1, 35 KOs)) appeared to have every answer for any offensive strategy that Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) tried to implement during the fight.

During the first round of the bout, Jacobs (the bigger and taller fighter) sought to use his size against his opponent. After completing the second day weigh in and coming at a heavy 173lb, Jacobs had minimal success against Alvarez, who himself came in the ring on fight night at 169lb.

Jacobs’ physical attributes helped him to win certain rounds but Alvarez clearly showed that he was the better boxer on this night. Alvarez stood his ground the entire bout while backing up the bigger, taller Jacobs.

As the fight progressed, Alvarez was simply too slick, at times, too fast for Jacobs to land anything of substance that would slow down the Mexican champion.

After an excellent championship contest, Canelo Alvarez becomes the unified WBC, WBA, IBF, and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion after a hard-punching performance against Daniel Jacobs that went the distance.

Canelo Alvarez (WBC, WBA, IBF, RING Middleweight Champion):

“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. It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings but we just did our job.”

“I’m very happy. I’m very happy with what we did. Obviously I thought it would have been a much more entertaining fight for the public but we did what we can with what the opponent brings. We showed a lot of waist movement, a lot of diversity, a lot of punches. Overall I think it was a beautiful fight.”

On Daniel Jacobs switching to southpaw during the fight, Alvarez said:

“It’s normal. It’s obviously just a matter of adapting when they switch righty to leftie.”

On who he’d like to face next, Alvarez said:

“I’m just looking for the biggest challenge. That’s all I want. That’s why I’m here. That’s what I was born for. To fight. To defend what’s mine. I’ll fight anyone.”

On possibly facing Gennady Golovkin for a third fight, Alvarez said:

“No, for me, it’s over. But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.

Daniel Jacobs, former IBF Middleweight Champion:

“I feel accomplished, l feel great. I have to go back to look at the tapes to see exactly what the judges thought. It took me some time to figure out his rhythm. It took me a couple rounds to get started, to figure him out”

“Canelo is a warrior, a tremendous champion, I tip my hat off to him. He was very slippery. He was the faster guy tonight. It was hard to time him because he is a pop-shotter.”

“I wanted to finish strong. I gave my all out there. . It was a great contest today, 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. You’ll see Daniel Jacobs bigger and better next time.”

“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 end of the day, I made sacrifices. I’m a naturally big middleweight but it is questionable for me to stay at this weight. It showed in this fight. I feel that I gave everything that I could.”

“It was a great experience. I might take my talents to super middleweight. The journey is not over. I continue to strive for success and to be the best I can be.”

Eddie Hearn

“To beat Canelo, in Vegas? You have to do more. For Danny, I think he’d be a good super middleweight. At times tonight he looked flat. Jacobs will need to evaluate where he wants to remain if Golovkin won’t fight him in the future.”

What’s next for both men?

Alvarez has all the options he needs. He can either focus his efforts towards facing the current WBO Middleweight World Champion Demetrius Andrade; however, he will need to wait and see what takes place with Andrade’s title defense against Poland’s Maciej Sulecki, which is scheduled for Saturday June 29 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Golovkin is already set to face undefeated Steve Rolls of Toronto, CA on June 8 at Madison Square Garden, which will also be shown live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.

Jacobs, we’ll have to wait and see where and which division that he decides to campaign in for the remainder of his career.

Either way, with four belts in his possession and one remaining belt wrapped around another man’s waist, betting minds (others and mine) expect that Alvarez will seek out that last belt to become the official undisputed middleweight world champion.

If the middleweight championship belts were a mere image of the gem stones from the Marvel Comics/Avenger series, then best believe that Canelo is Thanos and with his Gauntlet glove in his hand, he will be seeking out that last gem stone, ala last middleweight championship belt to make his set complete.

pics courtesy of:

  • Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing USA
  • Amanda Westcott / DAZN USA

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