Middleweight WBA/WBC king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) added the IBF title to his collection on Saturday night, overcoming the challenge of Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) via tight unanimous decision at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The result was another contentious one for many that could have easily been scored to either man or even a draw. The fight was a tactical affair with Jacobs using the advantage of reach with the jab used to keep Canelo from getting into any kind of rhythem early on.
“It definitely took me a couple rounds to get my wits about me, to figure out his rhythm, because he’s a pop-shotter,” Jacobs later reflected. “He was a fast guy, very slippery. It was a great contest. I look forward to the future. I feel like I gave enough to get the victory, so I’ll have to go back to the tapes to see exactly what happened.”
The Brooklynite effectively switched stance in the infancy of the contest but in the middle segment it seemed that Canelo adjusted to the game plan employed, now able to move past the jab of Jacobs to trade with success.
“It’s normal,” Alvarez said of Jacobs’ changing stances. “It’s obviously just a matter of adapting when they switch righty to lefty.”
Canelo’s punches were crisp, delivered at speed as he stunned Jacobs on a few occasions throughout the eighth but it was Jacobs who would land the best shot of the contest in the ninth, stunning Canelo with a big left hook, the effects of which carried into the tenth, but showing his ability to close the fight strong, the championship rounds belonged to Canelo, bringing home the result on the judges scorecards by 115-113, 115-113, 116-112.
“It was just what we thought. We knew he was going to be a difficult fighter, but thank god we did things the right way, what we were going to do,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings, but we just did our job.”
“I feel accomplished, l feel great. I have to go back to look at the tapes to see exactly what the judges thought,” Jacobs said. “They said to me [in the corner] that I was up, so I was still pushing forward because I wanted to finish strong. He’s a tremendous champion, and I tip my hat to him. I gave my all out there. You’ll see Daniel Jacobs bigger and better next time.”