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Canelo Alvarez To Unify Against Daniel Jacobs, Pacquiao/Broner Pick, & More

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Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) Vs. Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) UNIFICATION FIGHT ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND- The sport’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez once again looks to challenge himself to defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles in a 12-round unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs during the now fight weekend of Cinco de Mayo.
The champion-vs.-champion event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN. Additional details for the event, including venue and ticket information, will be announced shortly.
In Canelo’s last bout, Canelo became a three-division world champion by toying and knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture a version of the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in December 2018. Against Jacobs, Canelo will return to middleweight for this fight as he continues to clean out the 160-pound division.
“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion. And what better way to watch it than on as tremendous a platform as DAZN.”
“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” said Daniel Jacobs“I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4 live on DAZN, I will get my chance to play it out. It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”
“Canelo Alvarez wants the best fights and the biggest challenges,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “That’s what he did as the 154-pound champion, and that’s what he’s doing now as the king of the middleweight division. We are also proud to demonstrate to boxing fans that this new partnership with DAZN means that fans will get pay-per-view level fights without the cost of pay-per-view. Golden Boy Promotions is continuing its promise to make the sport as accessible as possible by putting this champion-vs.-champion fight on the platform.”
“What a fight! I can’t tell you how happy I am that Danny Jacobs gets this opportunity to fight Canelo on Cinco de Mayo in a massive unification fight,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “Victory would cap one of the most incredible, inspirational boxing stories of our generation, and Danny and the team will be putting everything in place to lead him to victory. Respect to Canelo and Golden Boy for accepting this challenge, and congratulations to DAZN and their subscribers for getting this incredible fight with no extra cost. Let’s go May 4! Let’s go Daniel Jacobs!”
“On any other network or platform, Canelo vs. Jacobs would be an expensive pay-per-view,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP of North America. “At DAZN, we believe the best fights should be available to our subscribers at no extra charge.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed live on DAZN.
For more information, visit  www.goldenboypromotions.com
Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) Vs. Adrien Broner (33-3-1, one no contest, 24 KOs) Fight Prediction- No real need in me romancing this one so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Broner is who he is, he’s a talent that never reached his true potential, Broner has speed, strength, and puts together punches well, but against same or next tier fighters he tends to go a bit gun shy and goes into a shell as he did against Maidana, Porter, Malignaggi, Vargas, Grenados, and Mikey Garcia.
So against Pacquiao, Broner could be a sitting duck since Pacquiao even at 40 years old is always looking to mix it up and fires punches in bunches. Broner must make the most out of the space being given and needs to really use his jab,go to the body often, and shoot a right uppercut when in close. Truth is, I don’t see Broner doing just that, I see Pacquiao outworking Broner to take it by a 116-112 unanimous decision in a somewhat entertaining fight with some sloppy rounds in between. If Broner can’t time Pacquiao jumping in, Broner may find himself knocked down facing adversity by picking himself off the canvas eating a Pacquiao straight left.
It all goes down tomorrow night January 19 for Pacquiao’s WBA (regular) welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Fights now set for Phoenix local fighters- Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs), of Phoenix returns to the ring and shall return as a junior welterweight to face Hiroki Okada(19-0, 13 KOs) on Feb. 10 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. And on the ESPN+ portion of the card will treat us to junior featherweight contender Genesis Servania (32-1, 15 KOs) locking horns against Carlos Castro (21-0, 9 KOs) of Phoenix. 
The fight card will be headlined by junior welterweight world champ Jose Ramirez as he clashes against Jose Zepeda, the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m., with full card streaming on ESPN+ beginning at 4 p.m. ET).
Return of David Benavidez- Former WBC Super Middleweight champ, and Phoenix’s very own, 22 year old David Benavidez(20-0, 17 KO’s) will face 168-pound contender J’Leon Love on the co-main event for the March 16 on pay-per-view, set to take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The main event of that pay-per-view will be the much anticipated clash between Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia. With Caleb Plant fresh off of his tough fight in beating and taking the IBF super middleweight from Jose Uzcategui, you can expect to see Benavidez pursuing a clash against Plant in the near future. But there is still a lot of room between the lip and the cup before a Benavidez/Plant fight comes to fruition since Plant may have other plans and Benavidez must first get through J’ Leon Love.

Grew up in and went to school in Peoria, Arizona. Sports has always grabbed my attention, especially boxing. Love talking sports, muscle cars, hip hop, and comics. Follow me on Twitter @AlvarezBoxing & on Instagram @albertalvarezboxing

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Top Rank Boxing Returns To Tucson With Action Packed Championship Doubleheader

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Top Rank Boxing returns to the valley of the sun, to Tucson to be exact with “Twice as Nice,” a world championship doubleheader and aired on ESPN.

The main event shall bring forth the long-awaited rematch between Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) and Francisco Vargas (25-1-2, 18 KOs) for the WBC World Super Featherweight Title. The first bout between these two Mexican warriors was an entertaining brawl with Berchelt taking it by 11th round K.O.

Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs) will once again trade leather against Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14KOs) in the co-feature in defense of the WBO World Super Bantamweight title he beat away from Dogboe by unanimous 12-round decision.

Also featured on the loaded card will be welterweights Christopher Gonzalez vs. Judas Estrada in a rematch war. Last November, Tucson’s Gonzalez (3-0-1), went blow for blow against Nogales’ Judas Estrada (1-1-1) at Guerra De Gallos event. Their first bout ended in a four-round draw.

Middleweight prospect Emmanuel Guajardo (4-0) will look to once again entertain the Tucson fight fans. Last time out, Guajardo, won a unanimous decision over Daniel Garcia Flores.

Phoenix rising young star Carlos Castro (22-0, 9 KOs) will take on Ernesto Saulong (22-4-2, 9KO) in an 8-round super bantamweight bout.

Castro is coming in on a big win high after upsetting Genesis Servania (32-2, 15 KOs) in February, with that big win Castro captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight title.

And many more bouts to be featured. Come on out and bring out the family and friends and enjoy the show.

The May 11 card is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.  Tickets are priced at $102, $77, $52 and $27. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at the Tucson Convention Center ticket office.  Doors to the Tucson Arena shall open at 2:30, with the first bell ringing at 3:30.

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Canelo Alvarez/Daniel Jacobs Prediction

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Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2-34KO’s) vs. Daniel Jacobs (35-2-29KO’s) for the middleweight unification title on May 4th– It’s no secret that Jacobs is the longer fighter with the longer reach. So if I am Jacobs, I would double and triple my jab and press forward to force Canelo to box off of his back foot.

Canelo on the other hand will need to also employ his jab but must look to use a stabbing jab at the pit of Jacobs’ mid-section and mix in a consistent body attack.

Jacobs will also need to be alert at the time on the clock and keep firing when Canelo is not working. In short, Jacobs must look to outwork and at times handcuff Canelo to cause frustration.

I am expecting to see a shootout and very competitive close rounds, but Canelo with his smooth combination power punching will eventually create separation and show the difference between an elite and a very good fighter.

Give me Canelo by unanimous decision in a 8 to 4 or 7 rounds to 5 type of close fight. Canelo at times may have to bite down and punch with Jacobs to walk Jacobs into a heavy right cross. I just feel that Canelo’s better counter and body punching will be the key and in turn will land the harder shots.

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Crawford/Khan & Garcia/Granados Prediction

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Bud Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) VS. Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs)- First of all, I love Khans bravery, the kid is always willing to lock horns with anybody. Thing is that bravery and overconfidence is what has always hurt Khan in his battles.

Khan is the type of boxer that is so fast that he will always outbox you right until the second that he doesn’t anymore, I know, I know sounds strange. What I mean by that is that Khan builds up leads but then he get overzealous and so comfortable with his blinding hand speed that he then leads with his chin.

So with that being said, I am expecting to see Khan outbox Bud early and will beat Bud to the punch enough to take the majority of the first 6 rounds.

Bud will then pick his spots by switching to a southpaw stance and will time an overconfident Khan jumping in and will walk him into a big right hand. Bud’s body punching and ability to land his own jab over Khan’s rapid jab will be key.

Give me Bud to take it by 9th round TKO. Bud will step it up another level and put it on Khan so bad that he will stop Khan late forcing Khan’s corner to wave it off in round 9.

Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) VS. Adrien Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs)- I am expecting for Granados to be exactly who he is, so I see Granados pressuring Garcia enough to make it uncomfortable enough to dog Garcia out to bag in a handful of rounds.

Garcia must employ his heavy underrated jab to box Granados from the outside. Granados will need rough up Garcia as much as possible to keep the fight on the inside, similar to the Porter blueprint.

I see Garcia landing enough jabs and the harder judge friendly punches to take it in a 8 rounds to 4 unanimous decision that may appear closer due to a few hard to score rounds.

 

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