De La Hoya: Jacobs Worries Me For Canelo

When it came down to it, Oscar De La Hoya was hesitant to put Canelo Alvarez in the ring against Daniel Jacobs.

Jacobs, the current IBF middleweight champion was announced as Alvarez opponent for May 4th, and De La Hoya knows the Brooklyn southpaw could give his fighter some trouble.

“That absolutely adds intrigue,” De La Hoya told BoxingScene.com on Thursday. “This is a pick-em fight. Daniel Jacobs, after Canelo, is probably the best middleweight around. There’s no doubt about it. He’s got speed and the willpower, and he’s hungry to win. This is a real fight and, if you ask me, it worries me. But that’s who Canelo is. I’m telling you, Canelo is the best fighter on the planet because he fights the very best.”

Jacobs won the IBF title after defeating mandatory challenger Sergey Derevyanchenko, who was the mandatory opponent for Gennady Golovkin, who vacated the title to face Alvarez instead.

In-terms of Alvarez moving back down to middleweight to face Jacobs, De La Hoya feels that the three-division champion will have no issue getting down to 160 pounds.

“He won’t have any issues whatsoever,” De La Hoya said. “He fought at 168 to crown himself a three-division world champion, which meant a lot to him. And we’ve always said and promoted that Rocky fight as, ‘Rocky’s not the best 168-pounder or the toughest fighter out there,’ and that was the truth. Now, Canelo has crowned himself a three-division champion, and he can move down to 160 and fight the very best again.”

 

Initial Report: Boxing Scene

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