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Canelo & Jacobs Are Both Confident To Win

By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: William Trillo


LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez is clearly enthusiastic to fight on Cinco de Mayo. Saturday evening in the ring of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Alvarez will be fighting the New Yorker Danny Jacobs in a 160 pound title unifying bout. Alvarez (50-1-2) is WBC and WBA middleweight champion of the world, and Jacobs (35-2-0), is the IBF champion of the world.

“It’s always a great moment for me to fight on a Cinco de Mayo boxing show,” said Alvarez. “it’s a significant moment for my country (Mexico). I have the conviction that I am gonna win this fight and become the WBC, WBA and IBF champion of the world. I took this fight very seriously. I got a great training camp, and no doubt in my mind that I will deliver a superb performance next Saturday. I am positive that my fans in Mexico will be more than proud of my performance.”

Jabobs is undefeated since his lost by decision of the judges against Gennady Golovkin in New York, in March 2017. He scored wins at his last three bouts. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me, and I can’t waste it,” said Jacobs. “It’s a crucial moment in my boxing career. I saw Alvarez in action several times, and I always believed I can beat him. And I will do it Saturday evening. I know I have the weapons to beat this guy. But I got to admit that a win over Alvarez will as key moment in my boxing career. Like you know, Alvarez was a great champion in the last years. He has been able to beat one of the best fighter pound for pound in the world, Gennady Golovkin.”

In 2014, Jacobs survived bone cancer. “I lived difficult moments in 2014, but I feel stronger than ever now,” said Jabobs, “You will understand what I mean when the fight will start Saturday.”

Jacobs become IBF middleweight champion of the world in October 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York, in beating the Ukrainian Sergiy Derevyanchenko by split decision in 12 rounds. Jacobs became the first fighter to inflict a defeat to Derevyanchenko (13-1-0).

Alvarez scored 35 KO’s in his pro boxing career, Jacobs 29.

The promoter of Golden Boy Promotions, the former world champion Oscar De La Hoya, is persuaded that his fighter, Alvarez, will be unify champion of the world Saturday evening.

“Jabobs mentioned in New York that I like his chances to win this fight by KO,” said De La Hoya. “But He will have a huge surprise if he tries to score a KO against Canelo. It’s Canelo who will knock him out. Canelo has a great chin and he is punching so hard.”


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