THE controversy started before the fight even began. Canelo Alvarez and Danny Jacobs had contracted between themselves to come in no higher than 10lbs above the middleweight limit on the morning of their IBF, WBA and WBC title unification in Las Vegas. It emerged that while Alvarez was fine at 169lbs in their private weigh at 8am on Saturday morning, Jacobs was 173.6lbs and could face a huge financial penalty, with some reports indicating it could be up to $1 million. (Jacobs only said that it was a “hefty fine”.) Regardless the three world titles remained on the line for their fight at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The two fighters began quietly, probing for openings in their rival’s defences. Alvarez however was sharp, especially in the first half of the fight. Canelo’s left was quick, particularly as a jab hitting the head and the body. He uncorked it as a hook, a threatening shot.
Alvarez’s movement with his upperbody saw him elude many of Jacobs’ jabs. It left the American throwing that lead without conviction, the confidence beginning to leak from his work.