Canelo Edges Jacobs in Unification Bout

Canelo Alvarez was dominant early on, and despite a storming back from Daniel Jacobs, Alvarez was able to edge Jacobs out on the cards to retain his WBA and WBC Middleweight Championships and claim the IBF title.

 

The first round proved to be more a feeling-out process, however, Canelo landed the best shot when he backed Jacobs up to the ropes with a right hand. While Jacobs bounced back in the second round, the Mexican champion was still in control as he worked over Jacobs’ body.

Jacobs again pushed forward in the third, but Alvarez remained in control, and Jacobs’ production suffered over the next few rounds, unable to figure out Canelo and not throwing with much force behind his punches.

Jacobs started to turn the tide in the seventh round by being the more active fighter, before fully turning the tide with several combinations and a lot of body work the following round. Jacobs landed the best shots of the ninth as well, but Canelo seemed to have more control once again.

Canelo had taken his foot off the gas pedal as the championship rounds came around, but Jacobs was unable to trouble the defending WBA/WBC champ much.

The fight reached the judges’ scorecards, and all three gave the bout to Alvarez with two judges scoring the bout 115-113 and one giving a 116-112 score.

Following the win, Alvarez did not clarify if he would next pursue a trilogy bout with Gennadiy Golovkin or an undisputed title fight with WBO champion Demetrius Andrade โ€” so long as each man wins their respective fights in June โ€“ instead stating he’s just looking for the best fight possible.

The rest of the main card saw super lightweight prospect Vergil Ortiz Jr. knock out former title challenger Mauricio Herrera, super featherweight contender Joseph Diaz Jr. stop Freddy Fonseca, and Lamont Roach score a decision win over Jonathan Oquendo.

WBA/WBC/IBF Middleweight Title Unification Bout: (WBA/WBC Champion) Canelo Alvarez def. (IBF Champion) Daniel Jacobs via unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113, 116-112)
Super Lightweight Bout: Vergil Ortiz Jr. def. Mauricio Herrera via KO (Rd. 3, 0:29)
Super Featherweight Bout: Joseph Diaz Jr. def. Freddy Fonseca via TKO (corner stoppage) (Rd. 7, 2:07)
Super Featherweight Bout: Lamont Roach def. Jonathan Oquendo via unanimous decision (97-92, 97-92, 96-93)

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