Opinion | May 01 2019

Canelo Alvarez sets foot on the path towards undisputed crown

Canelo Alvarez eyes the ultimate prize as he and Danny Jacobs arrive in Las Vegas for their middleweight unification
Canelo Alvarez
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EVERY fight is important. But some are more important than others. This time last year Canelo Alvarez was not competing on his usual Cinco de Mayo date. Failing a drug test for eating beef contaminated with clenbuterol saw him serving out a six month ban instead. He still secured a victory over Gennady Golovkin later last year. Now he returns to Las Vegas, with the WBA and WBC middleweight titles he captured, to take on IBF titlist Danny Jacobs in a unification clash on Saturday (May 4) at the T Mobile Arena. It is not an easy fight but a crucial step on the road towards becoming undisputed champion.

It is also increasingly rare in modern boxing for the top fighter in a division to actually sign on for a contest with the next best in his weight class. For that Canelo and Jacobs should be saluted.

“Every single fight marks history for me. It’s another check. He is the second best middleweight in the world, so it’s another step in that direction, to keep writing my history,” Alvarez said. “For me, it’s the most important. Nobody in Mexico has ever done that, won all four belts in one division, so that’s my motivation. To keep writing history.”