Alvarez: I Can Overcome Jacobs’ Southpaw Stance
In one month, Canelo Alvarez will fight against someone who can fight at southpaw for the first time since 2015, when he knocked out James Kirkland. So when asked if Daniel Jacobs fighting left handed would be a problem, the unified middleweight champion was nonplussed.
“Nah, southpaws haven’t been complicated for me,” Alvarez said through a translator during a conference call this week. “I’m a fighter that can adapt to all styles and I have shown it. Jacobs switches and that’s an ability he has. But it’s impossible that he can be a better southpaw than he’s gonna be an orthodox [fighter]. But that’s what we’re preparing for.”
While Kirkland was the last to face Alvarez, Jacobs may prove to be a tougher challenge on May 4th, when they battle to unify the WBC, WBA, and IBF middleweight titles, riding a three fight winning streak into the T-Mobile Arena.
Alvarez has had trouble before against southpaws, nearly losing to Erislandy Lara in 2014, taking a split decision win at the MGM Grand, with one judge scoring it 115-113 for Lara, the others going 115-113 and 117-111 for Alvarez.
The year prior, Alvarez would go the distance in a unanimous decision win over Austin Trout, but getting close on two of the scorecards (115-112, 116-111, 118-109).
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