Canelo Alvarez Edges Daniel Jacobs, Beterbiev Stops Kalajdzic, Young Upsets Ali, Saturday Night Boxing Roundup
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Las Vegas, NV (May 5th, 2019)– In the main event on the DAZN spectacular at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night, May 5, 2019, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez scored a close unanimous 12 round decision over Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs to retain the World Boxing Association Super and World Boxing Council Middleweight titles and win the International Boxing Federation World Middleweight title.
Canelo went high on the power punch count early, through the first six rounds, though Jacobs switched from orthodox to southpaw stance, and countered well. Both world champions respected each other in this middleweight titular unification bout. Scoring appeared neutral and fair. Jacobs started slower, and picked up the pace in the later rounds, and outworked Canelo in a number of rounds in the second half of the fight. It was too late to overcome Canelo’s lead in the close but clear earlier rounds won by Canelo.
Alvarez earned 35 million dollars, while Jacobs earned 10 million dollars. Promoter Eddie Hearn agreed to pay a 750 thousand dollar penalty on behalf of Jacobs, who contractually, like Canelo, was allowed to rehydrate to no more than 170 pounds form 160 pounds the day after the weigh-in, the day of the fight. In terms of legal jargon, Jacobs weighed in for the second contractual weigh-in at 173.4 pounds, while Alvarez weighedin at 169 pounds. Alvarez gave Jacobs an education of discipline both bewfore the fight and after the fight. Both of Canelo’s weigh-ins were on the mark, and his pop-pop-pop early volume of offense during the first half of the fight was a magnificent display of ring generalship and control of the ring. Save scoring a knockdowns, even if Jacobs won four of five rounds in the second half of the contest, iot would not be enogug to win. Few eifghters, including Jacobs, would be stupid enoghu to slug it out James kirkland style in the earely rounds and get knocked out for the transgression. Jaocbs fought smartly and patiently and cautiously. Unfortunately, evenf or a talented fighter like Jacobs, this approach does not work with Canelo’s relentless style.
Neither fighter’s punches bothered the other, and Canelo did a great job of adjusting to Jacobs switch stance approach. There was a cautious respect between the two combatants, who did not slug it out for most of the bout, but who boxed accurately and carefully throughout. The bout was like a polished Beethoven Concerto. There were some early clinches, but in the end, Alvarez won the duel between two fighting musketeers. At times fighting in heated exchanges on the inside, at times jabbing each other back and forth from the outside, the bottom line is Canelo was ahead on the overall punch count, and had at least seven or eight rounds in the bank, close though they may have been.
After the bout, Alvarez, 52-1-2 with 35 knockouts, Guadalajara, Mexico, acknowledged he was open to fighting GGG a third time, WBO World Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, anyone. Jacobs, 35-3 with 29 knockouts, Brooklyn, New York, said he would go back and review the tapes of the bout. For Canelo, there exists Rob Brant, Jermall Charlo, Curtis Stevens, Billy Joe Saunders, and other regular and interim middleweight and super middleweight champions of different titles, who, after getting over their summer challenges, will be available for Canelo to fight to keep the DAZN show rolling.
Even David Lemieux could be a decent challenge for Canelo, in the who’s next DAZN sweepstakes. Andrade, who was at ringside, appears to be the leading name for Canelo.
Result: Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez Win12 Daniel Jacobs, Middleweights
Scoring: 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 for Alvarez. Referee: Tony Weeks
Alvarez retains WBA Super and WBC World Middleweight titles
Alvarez wins International Boxing Federation World Middleweight title
If Jacobs won one more round on the cards, the bout would have been a majority draw.
Major T-Mobile Arena Undercard Bouts
Anthony ‘Juice’ Young TKO 3 Sadam Ali, Welterweights (2:38)
Young wins vacant WBC USNBC Welterweight title. Referee: Robert Byrd
Incredible upset! 21-2 Atlantic City New Jersey fighter Anthony ‘Juice’ Young, a friend of this reporter, an overlooked, unwanted and underrated 396 on the BoxRec, takes out the number 15 fighter, ex-world junior middleweight champion Ali, who was holding on for dear life. Young finished Ali in a corner along the ropes, with Ali doubled over helpless.
This bout was not at all like the late heavyweight Jimmy Young versus the late Muhammad Ali. This Young did the work to win this bout, and either this Ali apparently did not make proper preparations for this bout or Ali washed up when Jaime Munguia beat him up, dropped him four times, and stopped him in four rounds a year to take Ali’s World Boxing Organization World Super Welterweight title he won from Miguel Cotto. Ali won a 10 round decision over Mauricio Herrera last December when he returned to the 147 pound weight class. Against Young though, Sadam appeared clueless, underestimating the power of his opponent, unable to run or survive under adverse ring circumstances. Wild upset.
John ‘Gorilla’ Ryder TKO 3 Bilal Akkawy, Super Middleweights (2:12)
Ryder wins interim WBA World Super Middleweight title. Referee: Jay Nady
Another upset! 28-4 London southpaw John ‘Ryder’ drops 20-0-1 Australian Bilal Akkawy twice in the third round to win the WBA world title.
Joseph Diaz TKO 7 Freddie Fonseca, Super Featherweights (2:07)
Diaz wins vacant WBA Gold Super Featherweight title. Referee: Kenny Bayless.
California’s 29-1 Diaz drops Nicaraguan Fonseca in the sixth, wins new WBA belt
Lamont Roach Win 10 Jonathan Oquendo, Super Featherweights
Roach retains WBO International Super Featherweight title
Roach Wins WBO NABO Super Featherweight title
19-0-1 Maryland super featherweight prospect Roach defeats a Puerto Rico 30 win fighter.
Stockton Arena, Stockton, California
Artur Beterviev KO 5 Radivoje Kalajdzic, Light Heavyweights (0:13)
Beterbiev retains International Boxing Federation World Light Heavyweight title
Kalajdzic, down, in round three, swung wide and wild in stand in front power exchanges, an approach which did not work. Kalajdzic stopped standing. California rules: KO
Jerwin Ancajas KO 7 Ryuichi Funai, Super Flyweights (0:01)
Ancajas retains International Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight title
Filipino Ancajas, perhaps the next Manny Pacquiao, gave Japanese challenger a brutal red face and head power shot beating for six rounds of nonstop hell, with Funai wobbling around the ring like a drunken sailor. Ringside doctor stops it. California rules: KO
Gabriel Flores Jr. KO 3 Eduardo Pereira dos Reis, Super Featherweights
12-0 California super featherweight prospect Flores knocked out Brazilian Reis on his back cold. Interesting bout while it lasted, with the 23-6 Reis counterpunching with power shots.
Wa Italian Club, Perth, Australia
Floyd Masson KO 1 Roger Izonritei, Heavyweights
After ten years inactivity, former IBF Pan Pacific champion Izonritei, age 43, 12-10-1, won a six round split decision win over Bob Mirokovic, but then got knocked out five times in his next six comeback attempt bouts (1-5-1 overall), including three first-round kayo losses in last four bouts. So, it’s over. Perth heavyweight prospect Floyd Masson is now 5-0.
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