When Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs meet on May 4th at the T-Mobile center in Las Vegas, take out your pens and mark your calendars because “Supremacy” will have officially arrived to boxing’s streaming era. In a time when title belts are in abundance, network and cable broadcast slowing fading away, Alvarez vs Jacobs brings back old school criteria in a new way.
What is that Old School Criteria?
In an era where title belts are in abundance, events are being sold based off those titles and each one masqueraded to have equal importance. When in truth only five the WBC, WBA Super, IBF, WBO and IBO carry legitimacy to anyone but those who possess them. On May 4th not only will Daniel Jacobs and Canelo Alvarez meet for the WBC, WBA Super and IBF championships, they will be facing off for the biggest prize of them all Ring Magazine’s Lineal championship.
If that’ not enough there will be no catchweight, neither fighter has been inactive, facing less than stellar opposition and both are in the prime of their careers. With the bouts significance established time to move onto the fighters.
Canelo Alvarez 28yrs old 5′ 8″ with a 70½″ reach. With a record of 51-1-2, with world titles in three divisions he is the current WBA Super, WBC and Ring Middleweight champion. His resume is one of the best in boxing 12-1-1 in world title fights and 14-1-1 against current or former title holders. He has wins over Miguel Vazquez (twice), Carlos Manuel Baldomir, Lovemore N’dou, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley, Austin Trout, Erislandy Lara, Miguel Angel Cotto, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Gennady Golovkin and Rocky Fielding.
We have seen him develop over the years into a complete fighter, once a come forward body puncher he is now a tremendous body puncher and counter puncher with better than average power.
Daniel Jacobs 32yrs old 5′ 11½″ with a 73″ reach. With a record of 35-2 (29) he is a two time middleweight champion and as with Canelo we watched Jacobs not only become a complete fighter but one of the sport’s most adaptive when it comes to adjusting to his opponent’s style. He can use pure power to end fights or as we have seen in recent fights use the style that’s best suitable for the opponent in front of him. Even if it means making sudden adjustments and while he does not have the resume of Canelo due to missed opportunities while under the PBC banner, a company where they seem content on keeping all bouts in house. He has a more than credible resume 5-2-0 (5 KO’s) in world title fights, his lone stoppage loss to Dmitry Pirog was a career ago. Since he has beaten Ishe Smith, Caleb Truax, Sergio Mora (twice) and Peter Quillin, many believe he is also the fighter who took away the aura of invincibility GGG had as the punching machine who destroyed anything he hit.
The downside of both fighters starting with Canelo is despite being one of the best body and counter punchers on boxing, he has several questionable wins Erislandy Lara in 2014 and Gennady Golovkin in his last two fights. While the first meeting with GGG was a draw most feel GGG won handily and the rematch was more worth of a draw status.
Canelo despite the advancements in his overall ability, he has not improved much with his footwork, he needs to have his feet planted to land power shots and outside a game Rocky Fielding has never stopped an elite caliber opponent in their prime or dropped an opponent above Junior middleweight. When he faces a big hard hitting opponent like Jacobs who have quality movement, if he doesn’t find a way to slow him down early Canelo will be eating jabs while chasing Jacobs.
As for Jacobs while he has become a completely rounded fighter who can box or punch equally well, in recent fights he seems to lack that killer instinct he used to possess. He was once on a 12 fight KO streak from 2010-2016, in his last 2 bouts against Maciej Sulecki and Sergiy Derevyanchenko after dropping both fighters he let his foot off the gas. While I don’t expect him to drop the solid chinned Canelo, should he be able to impose his will and put Canelo on the back-foot he needs to keep him there. In Vegas scorecards are always against east coast fighters.
Each man has the best attributes to deal with the others weakness only question now is who will implore the best game plan.