Canelo vs Danny Jacobs: Mexican reveals threat American poses in world middleweight title fight

Alvarez aims to cement his position at the top of the sport in the middleweight unification bout in New York on May 4

Jack Rathborn
Thursday 28 February 2019 13:24
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beats Gennady Golovkin to inflict his first defeat in brutal rematch that sets up trilogy bout

Canelo Alvarez admits Danny Jacobs’ style can pose him problems ahead of their world middleweight title fight.

The Mexican edged Gennady Golovkin in the biggest fight of 2018 before moving up to wipe out Rocky Fielding.

And Jacobs, who narrowly lost to Golovkin in 2017, will put his IBF title on the line on May 4 and challenge for Canelo’s WBC and WBA Super titles.

“I’ve always liked challenges, and this is not an exception,” Canelo said. “We know what Daniel Jacobs brings: his ability, his qualities, his talent. He knows how to move well in the ring.

“We’ll do what we always do to prepare ourselves to the fullest and to give the fans a great fight. This is not going to be an exception and we’re going to come out with our hands raised.

“We know his style is going to be very difficult, very complicated, but at this level, that’s what you have to face. We’re prepared, we’re going to train, and we’re going to work for whatever he’s going to bring.

“Anything can happen. We’ll go in there looking for the knockout but prepare for the 12 rounds, expecting the unexpected. We’re ready for it.”

Jacobs is driven by sealing his own legacy and grabbing a career-defining victory over one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighters.

Canelo Alvarez and Danny Jacobs pose with their belts

“Obviously my legacy is on the line,” Jacobs said. “His legacy is already well-established so, for me, it’s about capturing all the titles and solidifying my legacy for my own right.

“Just because Canelo beat GGG doesn’t actually mean he beats me, because styles make fights. In my opinion, based on my style, and what I bring to the table, yes, I do believe I can stop Canelo.”

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