WBA and WBC Middleweight champion and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35KOs) will face off with the IBF Middleweight champion “Miracle Man” Danny Jacobs (35-2, 29KOs) in a middleweight unification bout May 4th which is to be streamed live on DAZN from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas . Since the announcement many fighters and fight analysts have been torn almost completely down the middle on this fight with some saying its even a 50/50 fight.
Danny Jacobs really is a “Miracle Man”. A man who beat cancer, a man who beat the odds time and time again. Jacobs went from being told he may never box again to world champion. Jacobs is the taller fighter with a height of 5’11” as opposed to Canelo’s 5’9 stature. Jacobs is also naturally bigger, which may have been the cause for a re-hydration clause which limits how much the fighter can re-hydrate to after weigh-ins. Brooklyn Native Jacobs made quick work of Peter”kid chocolate’ Quillin when he defeated him via stoppage back in 2015. Besides a controversial loss via unanimous decision against the man formerly known as the middleweight boogey man GGG, Jacobs only other loss was about 9 years ago back in 2010 at the hands of Dmitry Pirog. Many people viewed the fight with GGG as evidence that GGG is human and can be beat. Jacobs stood up to the middleweight knockout machine and gave him his biggest challenge up until that point. This was at a time when GGG put fear into the whole division. Jacobs is a tough fighter who can take a punch has much as he can give a punch. He wants the belts that Canelo has and will put on a show to get that win come fight night.
Canelo Alvarez is an artist in the ring. He is versatile. He is forever evolving. Every fight he learns, adapts and improves. He can be a defensive wizard and fight on the backfoot like in the first fight with GGG. He can also press forward and bring it “Mexican style” and brawl on the inside like in the second fight with GGG. His use of feints, angles and creative counter and combination punching has kept him at the elite level. With notable wins over , Shane Mosely, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Miguel Cotto. Canelo has mixed it up with many top fighter with his only loss being delt at the hands of self proclaimed “TBE”( The Best Ever) Floyd “Money” Maywheather via Majority Decision back in 2013. The Canelo that fought Floyd is NOT the Canelo we see today. Canelo has grown since then, has improved immensely, has put more tools in his arsenal and looks to add Jacobs’ IBF belt to his collection.
Will the Miracle man beat the odds again? or will Canelo add another notch to his belt, adding another great fighter to his resume? Tune in on May 4th on DAZN or head over to the T-Mobile Arena to witness this action packed event!