Sharpened defence, impressive punch resistance, and elite counter attacks: Canelo Alvarez romps to a big win over Daniel Jacobs to unify three boxing titles

Photo by Al Bello/Getty ImagesSaul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beat and bruised Danny Jacobs on Saturday.
  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez just beat Danny Jacobs in Las Vegas.
  • The two fighters vied for three major middleweight world championship titles, which Canelo left the ring with after a bruising decision win.
  • Victory sees Canelo’s record jump to 52 wins against one loss and two draws, with 35 wins by knockout. He has not lost since his 2013 defeat to Floyd Mayweather, unbeaten now in 11 fights.
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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez just romped to a bruising win over Daniel Jacobs.

Canelo exhibited a sharpened defence, impressive punch resistance, and elite counter attacks at various points throughout the 12-round duel on Saturday, as recognised by the ringside judges who rewarded the Mexican fighter with a unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, and 115-113).

Much was on the line at the 20,000 capacity T-Mobile Arena, but Canelo never really looked in trouble against Jacobs and boxed masterfully as he unified three of the middleweight division’s most prestigious world titles, leaving Las Vegas with the IBF, WBA, and WBC belts.

Canelo stormed into an early lead as he collected many of the early rounds, taking full advantage of a tentative start from Jacobs who didn’t really win a clear round until the sixth.

Canelo’s head movement, foot placement, and appreciation of distance allowed him to negate many of his opponent’s best punches, as he showed off extraordinary defensive capability to frustrate Jacobs.

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Once a considerable lead had developed, Canelo’s output waned, his efficiency lulled, and he allowed Jacobs to gather some momentum in the middle rounds.

The American even landed the punch of the night, a bone-rattling left hand in the ninth, but Canelo simply took a few seconds as a breather and reestablished his dominance in the championship rounds to close the show in style.

Saul Canelo Alvarez beat Daniel Jacobs, who wonPhoto by Al Bello/Getty ImagesCanelo celebrated in front of his family at ringside.

Jacobs was the far busier fighter, throwing 649 punches against Canelo’s 466 after 12 rounds, but the Brooklyn-born boxer lacked his Mexican adversary’s impressive efficiency as Canelo landed 188 (40%) compared to Jacobs’ 131 (20%).

When the final bell rang, Canelo thrust his arms into the sky, blew kisses at his family and celebrated at ringside as the clear winner, validated eventually by the judges.

Even Jacobs’ promoter Eddie Hearn, the group managing director of Matchroom Sport, recognised Canelo as the victor but lauded his own fighter in defeat.

After the win, Canelo screamed “Viva Mexico” then shook the hand of as many fans as he could reach when he made his way out of the arena having banked the 52nd win of his impressive career, annexing Jacobs’ IBF world title to add to his own growing belt collection.

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