Current WBA and WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will try to add another chip on his shoulder as he is set to face IBF middleweight kingpin Daniel Jacobs in a title-unification bout this May.
Alvarez, who recently inked the most lucrative contract in sports history, will star on his second fight under the DAZN deal and is looking to add the American on his list of victims, following a masterful performance against Rocky Fielding last month.
Canelo Alvarez captured the WBA and WBC middleweight belts when he overwhelmed Gennady Golovkin in their nail-biting encounter last September. He will put these straps on the line on May 4 in the US against Daniel Jacobs, or the boxer Oscar De La Hoya considers as the second-best at 160-lb behind Canelo.
While his promoter is worried about this match-up, the Mexican star is confident that he will come out on top and will add the IBF title to his collections.
“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo. I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me.”
“I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion. And what better way to watch it than on as tremendous a platform as DAZN.”
The 28-year old star is coming off an emphatic win over Rocky Fielding in December, knocking the British boxer down four times to win the WBA world super-middleweight title.
Canelo has won nine of his last ten fights since losing the light-middleweight titles to Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2013 while he cruised to a split decision draw with GGG in their first encounter two years ago.
Daniel Jacobs, meanwhile, will have his legacy at stake in this intriguing clash of champions. The 31-year old believes that a win over Canelo will catapult him in the highest echelon of the middleweight division.
“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring. I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4 live on DAZN, I will get my chance to play it out.”
“It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”
Jacobs is riding a three-fight winning streak since losing to GGG in 2017. He won the IBF middleweight belt last October after a split decision victory over Ukrainian Serhiy Derevianchenko.
Canelo’s promoter, De La Hoya, was all praises for the American juggernaut, saying he has the speed and the will power and is hungry to win.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs)