LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez reaffirmed his status as a single world middleweight champion and defeated Daniel Jacobs on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena by unanimous decision. With the victory Canelo added a third title to his already huge belt collection.
Let's summarize the biggest questions of Saturday's result.
Although we were promised Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns, a chess game was only delivered with sustained action.
Canelo was effectively used for large stretches of combat to secure the much larger Jacobs (who had broken the agreed 1
This was much more of a boxing match than a fight.
What's next for Canelo? 19659007] The most natural fight would be a third round with Gennady Golovkin after battling for a split-draw in 2017 and winning a majority decision in September. While there may be some fatigue in this fight, can you honestly call it a better 160 pound pure matchup? Or one that will arouse so much commercial interest?
No, that will not work. They feel that there is still a lack of skills between them.
Conducting this fight is a real possibility as both are consistent with DAZN and him
What are the other options of Canelo?
There is a chance to face Demetrius Andrade, whose WBO title is the last remaining middleweight belt that Canelo does not have. But the reality is "Boo Boo" is the definition of high risk / low reward. He is a well-trained, lanky, athletic Southpaw who slips smoothly around the ring and has never been particularly interested in the audience. In other words, he is a younger, larger version of Austin Trout and Erislandy Lara.
You could argue that a green Canelo would find Trout and Lara plaguing him for 12 rounds – why should not they do much more? polished version of him face Andrade? If you really dive into Andrades record, you could argue against the fight.
Fast: Call Andrade's best victory. See, that's the point.
But styles make fighting, and Andrade has the physical qualities to make life difficult for Canelo.
This encounter seems unlikely at first, but Canelo has always been an ambitious fighter. He does not just want to make money (he makes plenty of it), he also wants to create history. Perhaps the fascination of catching all four main harnesses would offset the perceived risk of meeting Andrade.
Canelo said at the press conference after the fight that his goal was to unify the division and fight against every title
Is Canelo the best middleweight division?
At the moment this is probably a rhetorical question.
Not only does he have to be considered the best middleweight in the world, but with victories over trout, Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Golovkin and now Jacobs, Alvarez has one of the most impressive resumes in boxing. It can be argued that he has been favorably treated by the judges, but it is difficult to deny how he has developed as an all-round boxer.
On a good night, it will be a very good fighter to defeat Canelo (28), who is in the midst of his physical bloom, showing more facets each time.
He is the brightest star in boxing. And it looks like he's going to shine for a while.