Canelo Alvarez — who was last seen flattening Rocky Fielding to secure a 168-pound title (highlights) — returns to Middleweight on May 4, 2019, in a unification match with Daniel Jacobs. The venue for the fight is still undetermined, but is likely to be T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to ESPN.com.
I side-eyed Canelo (51-1-2, 35 KO) a bit when he challenged Fielding, the weakest Super Middleweight title holder by a fair margin, but this is about as good a match up as you could ask for. Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO) gave Gennady Golovkin a run for his money in 2017 and defeated the very capable Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF title in Oct. 2018.
Canelo, meanwhile, holds the WBC and WBA “Super” belts, which he took from Golovkin in their rematch. Golovkin originally held the IBF belt as well, but was stripped when he elected to fight Vanes Martirosyan instead of Derevyanchenko on short notice.
The only belt unaccounted for, then, is the WBO belt held by Demetrius Andrade.
Matchroom Boxing has a strong roster, so expect a quality undercard to go along with this excellent main event. We’ll keep you posted as the card develops.
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