By Mark Elezaj
Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) will be facing Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) in a middleweight unification bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, 4th May.
The fight will stream live on DAZN, but U.S. viewers will have another option as well. Golden Boy has partnered with Fathom Events to bring the event to movie theaters nationwide.
Canelo vs. Jacobs promises to be one of the biggest fights of 2018. The undercard was recently announced, and will feature David Lemieux vs John Ryder, Vergil Ortiz Jr vs Mauricio Herrera, Joseh Diaz vs TBA, Sadam Ali vs Anthony Young and Lamont Roach Jr vs Jonathan Oquendo.
Jacobs says he’s ready. He feels that he has the mental advantage going into the fight, after having overcome a tough battle with cancer. He also feels that he has a strategic advantage because he has studied Alvarez his entire career and feels confident with his boxing abilities.
“This is my opportunity to prove what I have been saying, that I am the best middleweight in the world. Doing the impossible is not new to me. Ten years ago, I was in a wheelchair in the hospital. Fast forward to now and I’m fighting for middleweight supremacy. You can’t make this story up, and I feel like this is my destiny.”
“I’ve looked death in the eyes. It happened when I was in the hospital bed with my back to the wall after doctors told me that I had cancer and would never box again. I’ve been through the toughest of all mental battles. I see it and feel it. Canelo hasn’t faced and beaten an opponent like cancer, but I have, so to me I am already a victor.”
Canelo, 28, a native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, has become the top attraction in the sport of boxing. He has captured several world titles while beating some of today’s top stars. His resume includes the likes of Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane Mosley, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, Miguel Cotto and Liam “Beefy” Smith.
Canelo’s biggest victory so far was when he beat Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their highly anticipated rematch in September 2018 at 160 pounds. He has established himself as the WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion.
The Canelo vs. Jacobs fight is what boxing needs. Two warriors who are not afraid to leave it all in the ring. Tickets are still available. You do not want to miss this one!
~ The Fighting Voice ~