By Dean Toth – Bringing up the name Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a room full of boxing fans is a sure-fire way to end up in debateville. Hours vanish by, having seemed more like minutes as one hotly debated topic effortlessly runs into the next. Each heated point made is met with a hotter retort. No matter which side of the coin you fall on, all that’s needed is to mention that you felt he won both Golovkin fights (Or Vice-versa), sarcastically pretend to order a McTaintMac or give your honest opinion on where he sits within the P4P rankings, be it good or bad… Anyone of those is enough to put twenty four hour hiatuses on friendships.
That is testament to the man and boxer that he is. Whether you love, like or loathe him, just a simple mention of his name brings out that raw passion of any and every fan of the sport.
The current WBA & WBC World middleweight champion is still only 28, something which I feel quite often is overlooked based on not just how long he’s been a professional, debuted in 05, but also the immensely impressive names on his CV he’s fought and by-and-large defeated. I wouldn’t say I’m a superfan of Saul Alvarez, nor am I a hater. Unquestionably and Undeniably however is strong admiration and appreciation toward the boxer and his ability. Throughout his career he’s took fights his team would’ve comfortably swerved, Lara instantly springs to mind. Before he held accolades of world level if somebody wanted to fight, then fight they would. People accuse Canelo of all sorts, rightly or wrongly, a fighter who avoids potential threats is not one of them. Between the ropes he’s complete and accomplished, aggressive and intelligent, nimble yet powerful, ability in abundance.
Daniel Jacobs brings height and reach advantages to the table. The two time former Middleweight champion of the world cuts a towering figure at the 160lbs weight class. Alongside the height and reach utterly devastating punch power. With a knockout percentage just below the eighty mark, the Miracle Man is more than confident, and capable, of switching out the lights on anybody standing across the ring. His last TKO/KO victory may have been recorded back in 2016, having fought four times since then, winning three with one defeat all by judge’s cards. Brushing the surface you’d be forgiven for wondering if that potent power of his was on the wane… Forgiven, however also mistaken.
During that 2016 demolition job, Jacob’s opponent, Sergio Mora met the canvass five times in just seven rounds. Of the four fighters who have stood opposite him since that fight, Jacobs has managed to register a knockdown, sometimes plural, against all but one… Gennady Golovkin.
Las Vegas is hosting a mouthwatering World title fight. Two relatively young, 28 and 32, but deeply, deeply, experienced fighters. Two fighters who ooze technique and ring I.Q whilst also having KO ratios at the higher end of the spectrum, two men who can do both. Two men at the top of their game but still glancing higher.
These are the the type of fights that really get the fan in me rushing to the forefront. I’m expecting a tight scrap, one where both boxers have their own 2-3 round spells of dominance. Both have the ability to turn a losing round on it’s head and in their favour. Both have the technical know how to force the other of their fight-plan, but to counter that, both have the know-how and skill level to adapt and succeed having been forced to change. Basically… I’m expecting a lot from what has the potential to be a very high calibre fight.
As it stands I see Canelo taking the victory in an exciting back and forth encounter, undecided on the method. Daniel Jacobs is a very good fighter, Saul Alvarez on the other hand is in that group of fighters who have genuine claim to being the best of all currently active.