Canelo vs. Jacobs Set for May 4

Canelo Alvarez’ next opponent has been announced, and it won’t be Gennady Golovkin.

The unified middleweight champion will defend against top challenger Daniel Jacobs on May 4th, with a location to be announced.

DAZN, which paid Alvarez $365 million in 2018 for a multi-year contract, officially announced the fight via Twitter on Thursday.

Alvarez, who holds the WBA and WBC titles, looks to take the IBF title held by Jacobs, who earned the title this past October against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” Alvarez said. “I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion.”

“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” Jacobs said. “I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4, I will get my chance to play it out. It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”

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