Unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has never been one to run from a challenge, and on May 4, he will face another guy who won’t be easy to beat in IBF middleweight champion Danny Jacobs, in a unification fight during Cinco de Mayo weekend. The champion-vs.-champion event will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.
“I’ve always liked challenges, and this is not an exception,” Canelo said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We know what Daniel Jacobs brings: his ability, his qualities, his talent. He knows how to move well in the ring. We’ll do what we always do to prepare ourselves to the fullest and to give the fans a great fight. This is not going to be an exception, and we’re going to come out with our hands raised.
“We know his style is going to be very difficult, very complicated, but at this level, that’s what you have to face. We’re prepared, we’re going to train, and we’re going to work for whatever he’s going to bring.”
Jacobs brings a lot to the table, including size and skill, which he believes will be a factor on May 4.
“If you understand, boxing styles make fights,” Jacobs said. “You can’t automatically think that because he defeated Golovkin, he’ll beat me. Physically I’m the bigger man. Golovkin was bigger than him, and I’m bigger than Golovkin. Rocky was the biggest fighter that Canelo has faced, but he didn’t possess the skill set that I have. So, that’s the difference.”
This is one of the better fights that can be made in boxing, and could the best fight on the boxing schedule in 2019.
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