Alvarez Beats Jacobs on Points
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has had his share of controversy recently, failed drug tests, perceived dodgy decisions against Gennady Golovkin, but for me his win over Daniel Jacobs was without doubt.
The Las Vegas crowd witnessed a gripping encounter that didn’t quite reach boiling point but was a thoroughly absorbing contest nonetheless.
Jacobs made a slow start and despite a strong finish couldn’t quite close the gap on the judges scorecards.
The official cards had it 115-113, 115-113, 116-112 all for the Mexican, and they were about the right interpretation of the fight. In victory Alvarez added Jacobs’ IBF belt to go with his own WBC and WBA titles.
Despite the closeness of the scores, the American will regret the slow start which on my cards needed him to force a stoppage from a long way out, which never looked remotely likely.
Jacobs was competitive in every round, but Alvarez did a little more in most of them. If Jacobs had applied more consistent pressure he might well have claimed a famous victory.
Alvarez definitely slowed down in the middle rounds, but his early lead left him only needing to remain standing to get the decision.
Jacobs landed some heavy shots but Alvarez has a Hagler like granite chin and just shrugged them off like they were nothing. Jacobs has been dropped and stopped before, but he to took his fair share of Alvarez’s best punches without folding.
For once we got a great fight between two elite fighters and no drama about the scores, this time the right man had his hand raised.
Alvarez again proved what a difficult man he is to beat, and while Jacobs will earn plenty of praise for his performance, I have a feeling in the days and weeks to come he will have many regrets that he could and should have done a little more.
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