We’re just few weeks out from what could turn out to be another thrilling middleweight championship fight involving Canelo Alvarez. When Canelo vs Jacobs enter the ring on May 4 in Las Vegas, fans should be prepared for an heroic battle. Credit Golden Boy Promotions and Matchroom Boxing for getting this fight done, which will be televised on DAZN. This is the type of fight that boxing fans deserve. The best in their division fighting each other for middleweight ascendancy. Of course, Gennady Golovkin might have something to say about that, but having already narrowly defeated Jacobs in 2017 and losing to Canelo in their 2018 rematch after their controversial draw, add to that Canelo is universally recognized as the top pound for pound fighter in the world, Canelo is the man to beat right now.
As we get closer, I’ll be providing my official prediction and best bets. In the meantime, here’s how I see this match with just two months to go.
SIZE AND AGE
A four-inch height advantage and four and a half inch reach in Fielding’s favor couldn’t stop Canelo from having his way with Fielding during their December bout in New York in which Canelo closed the distance and landed at will, most effectively to the body, while Fielding was helpless, having dropped Fielding four times, forcing the TKO in round three. Jacobs has a three and a half inch height advantage and three-inch reach advantage over the smaller Canelo. The key for Jacobs will be if he can control the distance with his physical advantages. Of the two, Jacobs is the true middleweight, as was Golovkin, but that didn’t seem to make much of a difference for Canelo. Both fighters are in their prime with Canelo at 28 years old and Jacobs at 32 years old.
If we had any questions regarding Canelo’s ability to walk through power shots, we don’t have to look any further than back to back fights with Gennady Golovkin over the span of two fights in which Canelo displayed the ability to handle everything that Golovkin had to offer. This bodes well for Canelo, as Jacobs is a very good finisher and possesses one-punch knockout power. At the same time, although Jacobs has been previously knocked out in 2010, aside from the flash knockdown in the Golovkin fight, in which Jacobs fought back and came on strong for the second half of that fight, Jacobs has also displayed his ability to handle his opponent’s power. One of the intriguing factors of this fight is that it has the ability to become both a strategic boxing match and slugfest, all in one.
It always seems to come down to this when talking about the sweet science. Styles make battles. We state it all the time since it’s valid. Against Golovkin, Canelo has outlined his capacity to battle as a counterpuncher moving in reverse in the primary battle and afterward as the attacker, approaching in the rematch. Jacobs is a fighter puncher who battles better as the attacker, pushing ahead, instead of returning and warding off of his back foot, in any case, he can likewise present power as a counterpuncher when required. It will be a skirmish of who can improve the alterations and the corners for every contender may be the distinction in this battle.