A lot is on the line as Canelo Alvarez takes on Daniel Jacobs in a marquee matchup in Las Vegas on May 4. There is not just one, not two, but three title belts for both fighters to vie for in this highly anticipated bout. Alvarez has the WBC and WBA middleweight belts along with The Ring title, while Jacobs is staking his IBF crown. This fight is definitely for all the marbles. Going into the event, the sportsbook favors Jacobs (-500), buying into the fighter’s recent statement about how Canelo (+350) struggles with fighters who move around the ring.
Betting Preview for the Canelo Alvarez vs Daniel Jacobs WBC – WBA – IBF Middleweight Unification Bout on May 4 2019
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Line: Canelo Alvarez (+350) vs. Daniel Jacobs (-500) – view all Boxing lines
Betting on Canelo Alvarez
Total fights: 54
Wins by KO: 35
After two epic matches with Gennady Golovkin, the first one ending in a split draw and the second in a majority decision in favor of Alvarez, the Mexican flashed his power and won in a more decisive manner by knocking out Rocky Fielding in New York last December. That kind of punching power will be relied upon by Alvarez in trying to keep the longer Jacobs at bay. Jacobs can’t just force the issue, knowing Alvarez’s serious knockout power. Alvarez has 51 wins, 35 of which coming by way of knockouts. He also has a big advantage in terms of experience. Although Jacobs has faced someone like Golovkin before, Alvarez has had plenty of wars with quality to elite fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Kermit Cintron, Alfredo Angulo, and Amir Khan. Look for Alvarez to dig deep into the body of Jacobs, while waiting for the perfect opportunity to unload in an attempt to finish the fight in the middle rounds. Alvarez will focus on cutting space inside the ring to negate some of Jacobs’ reach advantage. He also seems to have a sturdy chin, as he has yet to be knocked out in his career. The fact that he survived GGG’s bombs speak volumes about Alvarez’s ability to take a punch.
Betting on Daniel Jacobs
Total fights: 37
Wins by KO: 29
Jacobs earned a shot at Alvarez and a middleweight title belt when he defeated Sergiy Derevyanchenkov via a split decision in New York back in October. Prior to that, Jacobs had wins over Maciej Sulecki and Luis Arias. Before that, Jacobs engaged Golovkin in a 12-round that ended in a unanimous decision loss for the American. Still, that fight against Golovkin gave Jacobs confidence, considering that he was able to give a good account of himself following a fluky knockdown in the middle of the fight. As mentioned earlier, Jacobs is the rangier fighter between him and Alvarez. He has a three-inch reach edge over his more accomplished opponent, so he could be the aggressor in this fight, though, he’ll have to be careful, as he does not want to walk straight into an Alvarez power shot. He can opt to fight from a distance and use his jabs more, given his length. Jacobs has good power, too. In fact, he has a higher knockout percentage than Alvarez, albeit in fewer fights. Jacobs has 34 wins with 29 knockout victories. His last knockout came at the expense of former champion Sergio Mora during a middleweight title fight way back in 2016.
Canelo Alvarez finishes the fight with a seventh-round knockout victory.
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