Saul Canelo Alvarez beat Daniel Jacobs in the early hours of Sunday morning in Las Vegas by a decision to unify the middleweight division.
There was controversy before the fight started after the second weigh in on the day of the fight. Weighing in on the day of the fight isn’t common at the top level, however, the fight contract stated that Jacobs would have to weigh in on the day of the fight due to a rehydration clause drafted into the contract by Canelo’s representatives.
Jacobs had weighed in at 173.6lbs, 3.6lbs over the weight limit stated in the rehydration clause. He was fined $250,000 per lbs he was overweight.
When the fight eventually did begin around 4:30am UK time, Canelo proved why he is the best middleweight on the planet with a fast start, winning the opening rounds fairly comfortably. Jacobs wasn’t allowed to dictate the pace early on, losing four of the first five rounds on the scorecards. This slow start for Jacobs gave him a mountain to climb in the second half of the fight, with Canelo looking the stronger man physically.
There are still questions around Saul Canelo Alvarez’s endurance after he faded in the later rounds. ‘The Miracle Man’ came back into it as the fight went on, putting pressure on Canelo and landing some clean shots. Considering how big a puncher Jacobs is and with 29 knockouts to his name, Canelo seemed unphased by the shots landed.
Daniel Jacobs most certainly needed a knockdown or even a knockout after his slow start if he was going to win the fight. Some pundits had the fight as a draw and some even had Jacobs up coming into the twelfth. I struggle to find a legitimate case for Jacobs winning after his slow start.
As for Saul Canelo Alvarez, he is the WBA, WBC, Ring Magazine and now IBF middleweight world champion. Some fans may not warm to Canelo after his failed drugs test, however, you have to respect his boxing ability and his record having fought the best of the best.
So what next for Canelo? He is linked to names like Demetrius Andrade, Callum Smith or even a trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin. One thing is for sure, the 55 fight talented Mexican has plenty of big nights left under the lights.