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Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will enter the ring as a heavy favourite when he takes on America’s Danny Jacobs this afternoon in Las Vegas. Join The Roar at 1pm AEST for live round-by-round updates of the fight.
Both fighters are putting their world middleweight titles up for grabs. Alvarez holds the WBC and WBA belts, while Jacobs has the IBF strap.
Alvarez is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He’s still only 28, having started his pro career at 15.
Highlights of his stellar career so far include wins over Gennady Golovkin, Julio Cesar Chavez junior, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley. His only loss was against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.
While 32-year-old Jacobs is the underdog today, he’s a slick boxer who lost a close bout against Gennady Golovkin back in 2017. He’ll have a significant height and reach advantage over Alvarez.
Alvarez also won’t be the toughest ‘opponent’ Jacobs has faced. He overcame a rare form of bone cancer early in his career.
Australian super middleweight Bilal Akkawy (20-0-1) has a massive opportunity to shine on the world stage on the undercard. The unbeaten 25-year-old is fighting 30-year-old Englishman John Ryder (27-4).
Jacobs will use his boxing skills to keep Alvarez at bay early, but Canelo will come home strongly in the later rounds and use his punching power to secure a close decision.
Time: From 1pm AEST, Sunday 5 May
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
TV: Live on Main Event, Pay-Per-View
Fight Records: Alvarez 51-1-2, Jacobs 35-2
Betting: Spence $1.20, Garcia $4.05