After claiming a world title at tremendous middleweight in December, Canelo Alvarez will return to the 160-pound division to defend his WBA (Tremendous), WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles in opposition to Daniel Jacobs on Might 4. The venue has not been introduced though it is anticipated that the combat will happen in Las Vegas, the place Canelo has routinely fought throughout Cinco de Mayo weekend.  

The combat – which will likely be broadcast reside on DAZN and function Canelo’s second combat of his historic 5-year, $365 million take care of the streaming service – will pit two of the highest middleweights on the earth in opposition to each other. 

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Canelo (51-1-2, 35 KOs) captured the WBA (Common) tremendous middleweight title when he stopped the overmatched Rocky Fielding within the third spherical with a collection of physique pictures. The victory made him a world champion in his third weight class. Nevertheless, Canelo was extra desirous about returning to the division the place he unified the middleweight titles in opposition to Gennady Golovkin final September. Though there was hypothesis that Canelo may face GGG for a 3rd time in Might, one other contender emerged. 

“I am comfortable to announce my subsequent combat through the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” stated Canelo Alvarez through press launch. “I’ll unify my middleweight titles in opposition to Daniel Jacobs on one of many two most necessary dates that belong to me. I’ve little doubt that I will likely be victorious and that I will be one step away from changing into the undisputed middleweight world champion. And what higher option to watch it than on as super a platform as DAZN.”

Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is coming off of a hard-fought victory in October in opposition to Serhiy Derevianchenko the place he claimed the vacant IBF middleweight title through break up resolution. Jacobs could finest be recognized for pushing Golovkin to the restrict when the 2 met again on March 18, 2017, in a nip and tuck battle that many thought Jacobs gained. 

The previous middleweight champion dropped his WBA (Common) title to Golovkin but it surely got here at a time when GGG was acknowledged as essentially the most feared fighter in all of boxing. Jacobs efficiency turned plenty of heads and with Canelo reigning supreme over the division, a combat between the 2 solely is sensible.    

“That is the chance I’ve been ready for. The chance to attain greatness contained in the ring,” stated Daniel Jacobs, who has inked a three-fight take care of Matchroom Boxing and DAZN. “I’ve all the time believed I can beat Canelo, and on Might Four reside on DAZN, I’ll get my probability to play it out. It has been almost 4 years since Canelo has confronted an American challenger. It’ll be an enormous occasion the place I imagine I’ll cement myself as one of the best middleweight within the division.”

The combat will happen throughout Cinco De Mayo weekend, the place Canelo has laid declare to the date with the retirement of Floyd Mayweather and has turn into a significant occasion in Vegas for the present largest star within the sport.  

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It is a significantly harmful combat for Canelo, who will compete in for the second time since signing his take care of DAZN. Jacobs is named an distinctive boxer with spectacular energy. Each Canelo and Jacobs had very shut fights with GGG and an argument may be made that Jacobs gained whereas Canelo misplaced each of his bouts with Golovkin. However, the combat is the absolute best bout that may be made for Canelo exterior of a 3rd combat with Golovkin. 

“Canelo Alvarez desires one of the best fights and the most important challenges,” stated Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “That is what he did because the 154-pound champion, and that is what he is doing now because the king of the middleweight division. We’re additionally proud to display to boxing followers that this new partnership with DAZN implies that followers will get pay-per-view degree fights with out the price of pay-per-view. Golden Boy Promotions is continuous its promise to make the game as accessible as potential by placing this champion-vs.-champion combat on the platform.”

Except for being a powerful expertise inside the ring, Jacobs narrative has been one which’s fairly inspiring. Nicknamed “The Miracle Man,” Jacobs managed to beat osteosarcoma, a uncommon type of bone most cancers that threatened his profession and sidelined him for over a 12 months. Jacobs returned combating at a excessive degree together with his first ten wins all coming by means of knockout. His controversial loss to GGG put the boxing world on discover and he has since reeled off three straight wins whereas claiming the IBF title.  

“What a combat! I can not inform you how comfortable I’m that Danny Jacobs will get this chance to combat Canelo on Cinco de Mayo in a large unification combat,” stated Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “Victory would cap one of the unbelievable, inspirational boxing tales of our era, and Danny and the workforce will likely be placing all the pieces in place to guide him to victory. Respect to Canelo and Golden Boy for accepting this problem, and congratulations to DAZN and their subscribers for getting this unbelievable combat with no further value. Let’s go Might 4! Let’s go Daniel Jacobs!”

Canelo is thought to need the hardest fights potential and has the resume to again it up. Over the previous seven years his resume options the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara and Miguel Cotto, amongst others. Since shedding to Mayweather in 2013, Canelo has gone 9-0-1 with 5 knockouts. He is proven enchancment all through his profession and on the age of 28, he nonetheless hasn’t hit his bodily prime. His thrilling model has helped push him into the mainstream as the most important star within the sport and he’ll look to proceed his dominance in opposition to certainly one of his hardest checks to this point.

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