CANELO ALVAREZ is the darling of Sin City. Las Vegas is rarely home to much luck, at least not for the gamblers who flock to the bright lights of the Strip. But Canelo is perennially lucky when he ventures there. Floyd Mayweather clearly outboxed him when they fought at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, yet one judge still managed to give Alvarez a draw. His two recent fights with Gennady Golovkin were famously contentious but Canelo emerged with a draw and a win.
Many expected Saturday’s contest with Danny Jacobs, a rival champion, to be similarly close and possibly even controversial. It wasn’t. The judges got it just about right, with Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld each scoring 115-113 and Glenn Feldman marking it 116-112. With that result Alvarez added Jacobs’ IBF world title to the WBC and WBC middleweight championships he already held.
The surprise in the fight was seeing Jacobs at his least effective when he manoeuvred away from Alvarez. Canelo is supposed historically to have trouble with movers. Yet early on in the bout, with Jacobs on the backfoot, the Mexican looked majestic. He managed to outjab the taller man, hitting him with clean, clear punches.