On Saturday night we finally saw the long awaited showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) and Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) and to some fight fans the clash did not live up to expectations.
From the start of the fight Canelo was the aggressor, keeping Jacobs on his back foot most of the time and steadily keeping his jab in Jacobs’ face while landing some very noticeable counters as well. Jacobs seemed to be a bit cautious in the beginning of the fight. Not sure if he was cautious of Canelo’s power and skill or maybe it just took him longer to adjust. Jacobs typically does not take long to warm up and engage, but between Canelo’s defense, counter punching ability and body attack, Jacobs was not afforded the opportunity to get out to quick start.
As the fight progressed, Canelo started to fade a bit. He is not the best at masking his fatigue and Jacobs noticed. Jacobs started to push the pace at times to try and take advantage of Canelo’s fatigue, but his persistence was not consistent enough. During the middle & championship rounds, Jacobs had much more success. He had his moments where he would have Canelo on his back foot or even his back touching the ropes and that is where Jacobs found some success. He could stay busy while Canelo was staying out of danger.
After Jacobs picked up his rhythm, the fight became a battle of Jacobs’ work rate and activity versus Canelo’s accurate counter punches. Neither fighter seemed to really hurt the other much, but it was Canelo’s body punches that slowed Jacobs down in the middle of some rounds where Jacobs seemed to be gaining control. As a result Canelo was able to steal some rounds.
Jacobs did land some clean punches of his own, which caught Canelo’s attention. However, most of his punches seemed to be either wild or more intended to escape danger rather then punches that had malicious intent.
All around Canelo was the more consistent sharper fighter which is why I, and most of the boxing world, believe he clearly won.
Now with Canelo has three of the four middleweight belts, he can now fight Demetrius Andrade for the opportunity to unify all of the middleweight titles, or he could have a big money third fight with Genndy ‘GGG’ Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs). With current WBO Middleweight champion, Demetrius ‘Boo Boo’ Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) fighting in June and Canelo wanting a fight date in September, there are options abound for Canelo as he is clearly the man to beat in the 160 division.