It’s been three weeks out from the May 4 fight between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs, we finally have official undercard fights. There are no surprises, but plenty of name fighters will be in action on the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which will stream live on DAZN.
Canelo vs Jacobs Undercard
DAVID LEMIEUX MOVES UP TO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TO FACE JOHN ‘THE GORILLA’ RYDER IN CO-MAIN EVENT OF CANELO VS. JACOBS
David Lemieux (40-4, 34 KOs) will make his 168-pound debut when he takes on John “The Gorilla” Ryder (27-4, 15 KOs) in the scheduled 12-round co-main event of Canelo vs. Jacobs. Lemieux was widely expected to be Canelo’s May 4 opponent, but that fell apart when he was hospitalized in December during his attempt to cut weight for a fight on the Canelo-Rocky Fielding undercard.
“I’ve seen Ryder fight,” said Lemieux. “He’s a credible rival, but I’m going to make a statement out of what I’m going to do with him. At 168, I’m going to be the strongest that I’ve ever been.”
VERGIL ORTIZ JR. TO FACE TOUGH TEST AGAINST MAURICIO ‘EL MAESTRO’ HERRERA
Also as previously reported, top junior welterweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr (12-0, 12 KO) will be in action, and now we know that his opponent will be the crafty veteran Mauricio Herrera (24-8, 7 KO).
Ortiz, 21, has been able to bowl over the competition so far, and he’s already had some perfectly fine steps up against Juan Carlos Salgado and Roberto Ortiz. The 38-year-old Herrera, though, has never been stopped, and his tricky style has proved frustrating for many good fighters over the years.
The undercard for this explosive co-main event will be filled with Golden Boy’s current and future stars.
Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (32-7-1, 22 KOs) will defend his WBC International Silver Super Lightweight Title against Michael “The Artist” Perez (25-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Cano will return after his dominant knockout victory against former three-division world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares.
Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (28-1, 14 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. will fight against a soon-to-be-announced opponent in a 12-round battle for the vacant WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title. Diaz Jr. will return after a dominant victory against rugged warrior Charles Huerta.
Sadam “World Kid” Ali (27-2, 14 KOs) will return in a 10-round clash for the vacant USNBC Silver Welterweight Title against Anthony Young (20-2, 7 KOs) of Atlantic City, N.J.
Lamont Roach Jr. (18-0-1, 7 KOs) of Washington, D.C., will unify his WBO International Super Featherweight Title in a 10-round battle against NABO Super Featherweight Champion Jonathan Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The winner of this bout will earn the No. 1 spot for the WBO Super Featherweight World Title.
Alexis Espino (1-0, 1 KO) of Las Vegas, Nevada will participate in a four-round super middleweight fight against a soon-to-be announced opponent.
Canelo vs Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy in association with Matchroom Boxing.Lemieux vs. Ryder is a 12-round super middleweight battle presented by Golden Boy in association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.