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Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs fight result: Saul Alvarez wins by unanimous decision to unify middleweight division

Follow the latest from the middleweight unification fight in Las Vegas

Jack de Menezes
Sunday 05 May 2019 06:08
Canelo vs Danny Jacobs press conference LA

Follow the latest updates live from the middleweight super-fight between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs.

The middleweight unification bout at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena did not fail to live up to expectations as Canelo and Jacobs put their IBF, WBC and WBA titles on the line in a bout that had been billed as a fight of the year contender.

With a partisan Mexican crowd behind him, Canelo made a quick start out of the blocks to give his supporters plenty to cheer for on Cinco de Mayo, gaining an early advantage against a struggling Jacobs.

But the 32-year-old American grew into the fight as it wore on, benefitting from a clever switch to southpaw to expose a weakness that has already been revealed against Canelo in the past.

With WBO middleweight champion Demetrious Andrade and rival Gennady Golovkin both watching at ringside, Canelo and Jacobs put on a show of big-power punching none more so than when Jacobs rocked Canelo with a fierce left to the head that shook the 51-1-2 boxer. But true to form, the champion got straight back to it and took the fight to Jacobs, with both unleashing everything they had in the closing stages.

As the judges prepared their final scorecards, Canelo celebrated in front of his fans and his actions were soon justified as the scorecards came back in at 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112 to seal a deserving and fair victory. Re-live the live updates below.

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Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's middleweight superfight between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Danny Jacobs, where the IBF, WBA and WBC titles are on the line.

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:11

We've got plenty of build-up to bring you between now and the first bell of tonight's showcase unification bout, but first up we're kicking off with the undercard and it's a tasty bout with British interests as north Londoner John Ryder takes on Australian middleweight Bilal Akkawy, a late replacement for Canadian David Lemieux.

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:42

Ryder vs Akkawy

There's the bell - the first of 12 rounds is underway!

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:44

Ryder vs Akkawy

Well, talk about cagey. Akkawy had promised a lot in the week since taking this fight at short notice, talking up his surprising power and vowing to make Ryder feel it. But the first round is nothing to write home about, and Ryder just does enough to take it by matter of he actually threw a punch.

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:48

Ryder vs Akkawy

Round 2: That's a much better three minutes from Akkawy, who is happy to let Ryder take the middle of the ring until the closing stages. Ryder gets a small warning over a head clash and both boxers look to up their work-rate, with Ryder again landing the better punches. However, it looks like we'll get something akin to a fight over the remaining right rounds.

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:51

Ryder vs Akkawy

Round 3: The fight sparks into life as Akkawy goes on the attack, only to walk flush onto a beauty of a right hook that sends the Australian tumbling backwards. Ryder knows he has his man here, and he backs him into the corner with 90 seconds left before sending him down for a second time. It's another eight count, and Ryder goes in for the kill...IT'S OVER!

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:54

Ryder vs Akkawy

Perhaps the most entertaining past of that stoppage was the fact that the referee jumped between the pair to call it off - only to react to Ryder's final punch with a "ooo good shot" - before remembering he had to call the bout off.

Either way that's an impressive stoppage for Ryder, and puts him in pole position to challenge fellow Briton Callum Smith, the current WBA champion.

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 00:58

Ryder vs Akkawy

Here's how Ryder put Akkawy away for good

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 01:00

Next up we're moving through the undercard and it's a big fight for New Yorker Sadam Ali, who faces a local opponent in New Jersey's Anthony Young.

It's a fight that is very much being billed as a last-chance salloon for Ali is he is to get the big headline fight that looked to be coming his way when he defeated Miguel Cotto all those years ago, but risk a duff performance or a defeat and his time threatening to breakthrough to the top will be well and truly over.

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 01:12

If this is a sign of what's to better stick the kettle on. We're more than 25 minutes down the line from Ryder knocking out Akkawy, and there's still no sign of our next bout getting underway anytime soon. It could be a long night...

Jack de Menezes5 May 2019 01:21

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