Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez outpointed Daniel Jacobs in a close back and forth fight, with Canelo’s quality proving the ultimate difference between the two world champions.
The fight was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The venue for both of Canelo’s fights with Gennady Golovkin, and one of the two major arenas for boxing in Las Vegas.
Canelo (51-1-2 35 KO’s) put his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles on the line against Jacobs (35-3 29 KO’s), who brought his IBF strap into this Middleweight world championship unification fight.
The vast majority of fans where Canelo supporters, many of whom had made the short trip across the border to see the him box. With the added fact that it was Cinco de Mayo weekend, he received an electric reception.
Canelo started well, ripping combinations to both the head and body of Jacobs and using his superior head movement to land fast counters. He won the majority of close quarter exchanges.
As Jacobs began to find his range, he brought the fight to the Mexican landing heavy punches in the second half of a fight that threatened to explode multiple times, and he began to push the pace of the fight.
Both fighters stood and exchanged until the end, being greeted at the final bell of a great back-and-forth tussle with raucous cheering but Canelo’s sharper and more accurate punches were enough to give him the nod.
He won the close fight via unanimous decision with judges Dave Moretti, Steve Weisfeld and Glenn Feldman scoring the bout 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112 respectively.
Canelo is a three-weight world champion. Unifying belts at Super-Welterweight, Middleweight and stopping Rocky Fielding in three last time out to claim the WBA Super-middleweight title.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is now ranked p4p #1 by BoxRec and #3 by Ring Magazine and again proved why he is the best in the world at 160lbs and still the face of boxing as it’s stand out name.
Canelo hinted afterwards at a third fight with former unified champion Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin, who is set to fight Steve Rolls on June 8th or with unbeaten IBF champion Demetrius Andrade (27-0 17 KO’s next.