The Saul "Canelo" Alvarez aspires to become the world's undisputed middleweight champion.
The 28-year-old man moved a step closer to that goal on Saturday night as he defeated Daniel Jacobs' game by unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113) in T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to capture the IBF title. center weight and keep its WBA and NGB championships. Sporting News scored the 115-113 competitive relationship for Alvarez.
"I'm just looking for the biggest challenge," Alvarez told Chris Mannix, DAZN, in his post-hand interview about coming into an undisputed crown. "That's all I want. I want the biggest challenge and I want that to be my next battle."
WBO Demetrius champion Andrade is the lost piece. Regarding a possible trilogy battle with ambassador Gennadiy Golovkin, who attended Saturday night, Alvarez did not pull any fists.
"No, for me, we're being made, but if the people want another fight, we'll do this again and I'll beat it again," he said. "That's why I'm here. That's what I was born to – to fight, to defend what I have and I'll fight anyone."
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The story of the battle was that Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO) had come out and boxed them well early, was the attacker and connected on the harder shots. Alvarez showed very good protection and a large head movement while he was slipping. Jacobs could not enter a rhythm until the second half of the bout, when the speed rose, he threw more combinations and connected on some right hands. Alvarez, however, showed granite jaw and walked through them easily on the way to the victory.
Jacobs (35-3, 29 KO) said he had to go back and review the battle tape, but admitted that he had taken a few rounds for him to go. That slow start was costly. Still, the "Miracle Man" felt proud of its performance.
"I feel very skilled," Jacobs told Mannix. "I feel great."
"I gave it all," he added.
This is what happened to the Canelo Alvarez vs. card. Daniel Jacobs.
Canelo Alvarez beats Daniel Jacobs' unanimous decision, now he has three middleweight titles
1 a.m: Alvarez def. Jacobs unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113) to become the IBF middleweight champion and add to WBA and NGB titles. I was surprised that we didn't see absurd scores from the judges. The right call was made.
Round 12: Alvarez made a definitive statement, combining with a combination. The attacker stayed and kept his foot on the gas pedal. Time for scorecards of the judges. (115-113 Alvarez.)
Round 11: Jacobs continued to use weight and remained active. Alvarez starts tires. Alvarez landed the harder shots to get the round. Jacobs need an impressive final. (105-104 Alvarez.)
Round 10: Jacobs are now in rhythm. It mixes orthodox and southern situations, causing Alvarez to lose. Jacobs stunned Alvarez with another right hand, but shaken the Mexican star. The New Yorker stays in place of Alvarez and doesn't give him a lot of breathing space. (95-95.)
Round 9: Alvarez seemed to have the final until Jacobs blew Alvarez with a bulky right hand to cut his head back. Alvarez has one smile of jaw. Jacobs contacted a three point combination to steal the round. (86-85 Alvarez).
Round 8: When Jacobs pressed on and got Alvarez against the ropes and landed some combinations, Alvarez returned a fire with the heavier, heavier shots. (77-75 Alvarez.)
12:30 a.m: Who have you won as we start getting into the key rounds?
Round 7: Jacobs' best circle of the battle. He returned to an orthodox stance and began to click. He contacted a few good power shots and body. Let's see whether Jacobs are staying in that stance. (67-66 Alvarez.)
Round 6: Jacobs changed to a southern stand and were proved to be working for the first half of the round when a nice straight right hand came down. Alvarez calculated it and started going back to the body and landing the harder shots. Jacobs must control the distance. (58-56 Alvarez.)
Round 5: Alvarez has taken control. It's using the injection and it's set either the right hand straight or the hook that we dig to the body. Jacobs need to come out of her shell; he had to throw the injection to establish everything. (48-47 Alvarez.)
Round 4: Jacobs tried to continue using the vaccination, but Alvarez had other ideas in mind thus moving his hips not to feel the full effect. Alvarez is stalking Jacobs and landing whenever he wants. Jacobs need to calculate the tune, as Alvarez has calculated it. (38-38.)
Round 3: Round even until the last 90 seconds when Jacobs took control by using the injection and digging the left hook into Alvarez's body. (29-28 Jacobs.)
Round 2: Alvarez and Jacobs go for it all. The majority of their fists come with bad intentions. Alvarez approached the harder shots, crisps. Jacobs need to move on because he has been more effective that way rather than fighting his back. (19-19.)
Round 1: The two boys were hesitant for the first minute until Jacobs threw a power injection, which Alvarez returned back with a body shot. Jacobs were more active with the job while Canelo was still explosive. (10-9 Jacobs.)
Midnight: Will Daniel Jacobs be upset, or will Canelo continue to attack boxing and get one step closer to becoming a world center weight champion without doubt?
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11:50 p.m: Here Canelo Alvarez comes to roar the crowd inside the T-Mobile Arena.
11:45 p.m: Daniel Jacobs comes out first.
11:40 p.m: We have the biggest battle in 2019. The time for the main event as a WBA middleweight champion and WBC Canelo Alvarez takes an IBF title holder in a bout merging medium title.
Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KO) is undressed in his last 10 fights (9-0-1). After two brutal warfare with Gennady Golovkin, Alvarez moved up to the super middleweight in December and spent through Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture a WBA belt and become a three-world world champion.
Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO) have rebounded in a big way after losing the WBA title to Golovkin in March 2017 – a very narrow decision that many boxing pirates feel the "Miracle Man" has won . He has won three consecutive episodes, with the climax in beating Sergiy Derevyanchenko by a split decision in October to win an IBF title.
There is a prediction in a fever field. Can Alvarez and Jacobs introduce the classic that the world expects to see?
11:30 p.m: Former Unified Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin is in the arena to see Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs. Regardless of who wins, expect "GGG" to go into the circle and face them.
Vergil Ortiz Jr is demolishing Maurico Herrera from KO's third round to continue to be hit
11:16 p.m: Ortiz def. Herrera by hitting on 29 seconds of the third round. Herrera struck him through a second round beat, but Ortiz closed the show in the third. It all started with a straight right hand, then another straight, left hook and then one last injection straight, which forced the referee to step in and stop the fight. Ortiz is the first man to stop Herrera.
Ortiz is fighting beyond his 21 years. Our stay is composed and it doesn't let the moment get to it. Yes, Ortiz only has 13 fights, but now has 13 attacks. Boxing pitsits feel he is a world champion in the future. It's time to take a bigger step in a competition. He says it's ready.
Round 2: Ortiz is almost putting Herrera away at the end of the round. He approached the right hand to Stun Herrera. Ortiz then unveiled a barrage of shots punctuated by a left hook to send Herrera to the canvas. Don't know how Herrera survived. He suspected that he was made out of the third.
Round 1: Herrera slowed down slightly. However, Ortiz began setting up the injection, and Herrera could not pass it. Ortiz (10-9).
11 p.m: At 21 and 12-0 with 12 KO, Vergil Ortiz has a 100 per cent ratio. Scary. Let's see if he could keep this whole tonight.
10:53 p.m: There's time to main event Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs: Vergil Ortiz Jr. Mauritio Herrera combat in a welter weight operation.
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10:44 p.m: Joseph Diaz Jr. def. Freddy Fonseca through TKO for 2:07 from the seventh round to win a super gold featherweight title. After putting Fonseca away with a collapse in the sixth, Diaz closed the show in the seventh. The 26-year-old poured on him with a barrage of heavy shots and Fonseca's trainer jumped on the apron to throw the towel for his charge. Kenny Bayless referee did not see what happened until a member of a safety arena shouted and from the end he got Bayless attention. Diaz became the first fighter to stop Fonseca as he won his second victory in so many attempts for 130 pounds. Is it ready for IBF certificate Tevin Farmer? Despite the conflict they had earlier in the week, Diaz needs another or two battles before I step in with Farmer, I think.
10:35 p.m: A Fonseca trainer continues to tell him in the corner between the sixth and the seventh round that he's going to stop if he doesn't show him anything.
10:30 p.m: Diaz runs a clinic after five rounds. We are an attacker and mix it with force and precision with both hands. Diaz is not a powerful power and Fonseca has never been stopped. Let's see if Diaz can put something together, as Fonseca does not show too much in resistance.
10:26 p.m: Tony Weeks, median Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs, give instructions to the two men before the battle. We are inching closer to the main event.
10:11 p.m: Next in Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs, Joseph Diaz Jr is facing Freddy Fonseca for the title of super GB feather weight. Diaz (28-1, 14 KO), 2012 Olympiad, has won a fight back since the loss of Gary Russell Jr last May. Fonseca (26-2, one contest, 17 KO) makes his debut in the United States and is undone in 16 consecutive years (15-0, one without competition). Let's see what Diaz can do here, as he promises to beat Fonseca.
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10:03 p.m: Lamont Roach Jr. def. Jonathan Oquendo by unanimous decision (97-92, 97-92, 96-93) to win super feather titles WBO International and WBO NABO. Those scorecards were so terrified. It was much closer than what the judges had to say. Keep an eye on that as the night goes on.
Battle in the early part of the battle for Roach, but he adapted and began boxing rather than going into constant exchanges. Roach needed to push himself against a veteran like Oquendo.
9:48 p.m: In the middle of the eighth round, the center Rusell Mora draws a point from Oquendo for big cuts. Not a good call at all, given that even notice had not been given to Oquendo. It could be a fighting mediator.
9:33 p.m: Oquendo is remarkably in control after four rounds. Our bloody Roach keeps constant pressure on him and makes Roach uncomfortable. Roach needs to raise it urgently.
9:18 p.m: Lamont Roach Jr. starts the main card of Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs, taking Jonathan Oquendo for super feather titles WBO International and WBO NABO. Roach (18-0-1, 7 KO) competes for the first time in 2019. He fought back last December on the Canelo-Rocky Fielding, beating Alberto Mercado by unanimous decision. Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) comes in on a four-fight winning streak.
Roach is likely to watch and has a solid test against the 35-year-old Oquendo.
9:09 p.m: Unified middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will come into the building for a crowd elevation.
9:02 p.m: IBF's middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs has arrived at the T-Mobile Arena.
9 p.m: Welcoming fans to the biggest battle in 2019 so far, as Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs are locking horns in a bout merging medium title. Stay locked for our live broadcast by night.
Main card results Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs
- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez def. Daniel Jacobs unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113) to win IBF middleweight title.
- Vergil Ortiz Jr. def. Herrera Mauricio by TKO third round; welterweights.
- Joseph Diaz Jr. Freddy Fonseca through TKO the seventh round; advanced featherweights.
- Lamont Roach Jr is challenging. Jonathan Oquendo by unanimous decision (97-92, 97-92, 96-93); advanced featherweights.
A Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs underlines results
- Anthony Young def. Sadam Ali by TKO at 2:28 the third round to win US WBC money weight evacuation title.
- John Ryder def. Bilal Akkawy through TKO at 2:12 from the third round to win an interim median weight WBA.
- Aram Avagyan def. Francisco Esparza by unanimous decision (97-92, 96-93, 96-93); feather weight.
- Alexis Espino def. Billy Wagner by unanimous decision (39-34, 39-35, 39-35); great center lights.
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