CANELO ALVAREZ UNIFIES HIS MIDDLEWEIGHT BELTS WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER DANIEL JACOBS
After an excellent championship contest, Canelo Alvarez becomes the unified WBC, WBA, IBF, and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion after a hard-punching performance against Daniel Jacobs that went the distance.
The main card of the evening lived up to the hype as well, with a brutal third round knockout by Vergil Ortiz Jr. over Mauricio Herrera, Joseph Diaz Jr. claiming the WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title following a seventh round stoppage against Freddy Fonseca, and Lamont Roach Jr. remaining undefeated after a unanimous decision win against Jonathan Oquendo.
“It was just what we thought. We knew he was going to be a difficult fighter but thank god we did things the right way, what we were going to do. It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings but we just did our job.”
“I’m very happy. I’m very happy with what we did. Obviously I thought it would have been a much more entertaining fight for the public but we did what we can with what the opponent brings. We showed a lot of waist movement, a lot of diversity, a lot of punches. Overall I think it was a beautiful fight.”
On Daniel Jacobs switching to southpaw during the fight: “It’s normal. It’s obviously just a matter of adapting when they switch righty to leftie.”
Who does he want next? “I’m just looking for the biggest challenge. That’s all I want.”
Is there unfinished business with GGG? “No, for me, it’s over. But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.
“That’s why I’m here. That’s what I was born for. To fight. To defend what’s mine. I’ll fight anyone.”
“I feel accomplished, l feel great. I have to go back to look at the tapes to see exactly what the judges thought. They said to me that I was up, so I was still pushing forward because I wanted to finish strong. He’s a tremendous champion and I tip my hat to him. I gave my all out there. You’ll see Daniel Jacobs bigger and better next time.”
“It definitely took me a couple rounds to get my wits about me, to figure out his rhythm, because he’s a pop shotter. He was a fast guy, very slippery. It was a great contest today, I look forward to the future. I feel like I gave enough tonight to get the victory so I’ll have to go back to the tapes to see exactly what happened.”
“I didn’t feel any different. I’m just a naturally big middleweight. I made the sacrifice of coming in 173 and paying a hefty fine for it but end of the day, I made sacrifices. I got the short end of the stick, but to my fans, to all my survivors out there who appreciate me and my story for what I represent, I thank you. The journey is not over. I continue to strive for success and to be the best I can be.”
On what he said to his son right after the fight: “I asked him, ‘do you think daddy did a good job?’ He said, ‘yes dad, you did a great job.’ That’s all that matters to me, I’ll go home and be the best I can be.”
12-Round Middleweight Unification Bout @ 160 lbs.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs
Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) defeated Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) by unanimous decision
(115-113, 115-113, 116-112)
Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing USA