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Canelo Established As Favorite
To Unify Middleweight Championship


By Daniel Cloutier
Photo: Marlene Marquez

 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - If the Las Vegas bookies hit the target, the Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez will unify the middleweight titles of the world Saturday evening in the ring of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, at this Cinqo De Mayo boxing show. The bookies established Alvarez favorite to win by 3-1.

WBC and WBA middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world, Alvarez (51-1-2) will face the IBF middleweight champion of the world, the New Yorker Daniel Jacobs (35-2-0) in an unification 160 pounds world titles.

“I got a great preparation and I am positive that everything will be in order when the fight will started,” said Alvarez. “I am taking Jacobs seriously, but I can guaranty you that I will get out of the ring as unify middleweight champion of the world. I know I have the experience, the power and the technique to dominate this fight.”

Alvarez’s trainer, Eddie Chepo Reynoso, has the conviction that his fighter will be unify middleweight champion of the world in few hours “Yes, Canelo got a marvelous preparation, and I am positive he is gonna dominate and win this fight, said Reynoso. Canelo is extremely strong physically, and he is stronger than ever mentally since his win over Gennady Golovkin in September 2018. I never saw him so confident. Jacobs is a good opponent, but nobody is better than Canelo in the middleweight division. I am positive that Canelo will impress you Saturday night when the fight will start.”

Alvarez mentioned to his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, the former world champion who is controlling the Golden Boy Promotions organization, that after this fight, he wants to dispute bouts in the super middleweight division (168 pounds) and the light heavyweight division (175 pounds).

On his side, Jacobs has the conviction that he will caused a surprise Saturday evening. “I know that Alvarez has an impressive record, but no doubt in my mind, I have the weapons to beat him and become unify middleweight champion of the world.” said Jacobs. “I am positive I am faster than him, I m am better mover in the ring than him, and if he can punch solidly, I can do it myself. With me, I will get out of the ring as unify champion of the world. I watched several times Alvarez in action , then, I know exactly what to achieve to dominate this fight and win it.”

At the weigh in, supervised by the WBC, WBA and IBF authorities, Alvarez posted an official weight of 159.5 pounds, versus 160 for Jacobs.

Jacobs’s trainer, Andre Rozier, is more than satisfy by his fighter’s preparation. “My fighter is also perfectly prepared for this match up, mentally, physically, technically an strategically. I am persuaded that Daniel will become unify middleweight champion of the world in few hours. He has the speed, the mobility, the technique and the power to win this very important fight.”

The referee will be Tony Weeks, from Las Vegas. The judges will be: Carl Moretti, from New Jersey, Glenn Feldman, from Connecticut and Steve Weisfeld, also from New Jersey.

The preliminaries bouts will involved the British super middleweight (168 pounds) John Ryder (27-4-0), the Californian super featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (28-1-0) the super featherweight (130 pounds) Lamont Roach (18-0-1), from Upper Malboro, Maryland, the super lightweight (140 pounds) Vergil Ortiz Jr. (12-0-0), from Dallas, Texas, the New Yorker welterweight (147 pounds) Saddam Ali (27-2-0), the Russian featherweight Aram Avagyan (8-01) and the super middleweight Alexis Espino (1-0-0), from Las Vegas.

Ryder will fight the Australian Bilal Akkaawy (20-0-1), Diaz Jr. will meet Freddy Fonseca (26-2-1), from Managua, Nicaragua, Roach will face Jonathan Oquendo (30-5-0), from Puerto Rico, Ortiz Jr. will challenge Mauricio Herrera (24-8-0, from Riverside, California, Ali will be opposed to Anthony Young (20-2-0), from Atlantic City, Avagyan will fight Francisco Esparza (9-01), from Las Vegas, and finally, Espino will challenge Billy Wagner (1-0-0), from Great Falls, Montana.

At the weigh in, Ryder posted an official weight of 167.5 pounds, Akkawy 167.5, Diaz Jr. 129.5, Fonseca 130, Roach 130, Oquendo 130, Ortiz Jr. 147, Herrera 140, Ali 147, Young 146, Avagyan 125.5, Esparza 126, Espino 164 and finally, Wagner 161.5.



 

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