Canelo and Danny—It’s a Dandy!

By Marc Livitz on January 18, 2019
Canelo and Danny—It’s a Dandy!
We don’t need a rehashing of how the bouts between Alvarez and Golovkin went down.

What’s not to love about this fight? When the bell rings on May 4, Alvarez will still be 28 and Jacobs will be 32…

On Thursday afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions dropped upon the eyes and ears of boxing fans around the world the news that one of the world’s top fighters, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be facing Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs on the fourth of May. According to the press release, which was beamed out from Los Angeles, Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KO’s) will be defending his Lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight titles as well as the WBC and WBA belts. The native of Guadalajara, Jalisco will likely find a very interesting evening in the ring against Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO’s), a fighter whom many feel dealt the opponent long thought to fill in the slot on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Gennady ‘GGG” Golovkin, his first defeat in March of 2017.

Alas, the story can be easily told by those who are unfortunately standing in the way of a big money showdown. The often extremely painful truth is that save for a savage knockout or landslide win, Jacobs was likely going to find himself on the losing end of a close decision against Golovkin as long as an incredibly lucrative September date between “GGG” and “Canelo” was on the cards. We don’t need a rehashing of how the two bouts between Alvarez and Golovkin went down. It’s Danny’s time to shine now.

The other loss on the boxing ledger of “Miracle Man” Jacobs took place almost nine years ago. As part of the undercard for the lightweight championship rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz in Las Vegas, Danny took on hard-hitting Dmitry Pirog of Russia in the evening’s co-man event. At the time, Pirog was unbeaten (16-0, 13 KO’s), as was Jacobs (20-0, 17 KO’s), who used his jab to control most of the first two rounds. By contrast, Pirog began to land his left hook at times in the third and fourth. Everything changed in the opening minute of round five. With his back to the ropes, Jacobs attempted to throw his left jab once again, yet was countered in brutal fashion with a hard overhand right from Dmitry.

The Russian’s glove connected perfectly on the chin of the Brooklyn native. Danny didn’t know what hit him. Eyes wide open and completely glazed over, Jacobs wasn’t given a chance to gather his thoughts or bodily compass. If so, referee Robert Byrd would have counted well past ninety. The bout was immediately stopped. The loss was difficult, of course, on the up-and-coming talent from New York, yet the challenge which next awaited him would be a sheer giant. After two comeback wins over the next seven months, Jacobs was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in May of 2011. He fought through it all and returned to the ring in the fall of the following year.

After tearing his way through most opponents by way of stoppage wins, Jacobs was a world champion by August of 2014. Victories over such names as Peter Quillin, Sergio Mora (twice) and Caleb Truax, all by way of knockout, were added to his list of accomplishments leading up to his showdown with Gennady Golovkin in March of 2017.  He’s ironed out three decision wins since then, the last of which took place last October in Manhattan. His split decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko was likely helped in great part by the knockdown he scored in the opening round.

On the other side of the coin, we find one of the best fighters in the world, pound-for-pound in “Canelo” Alvarez. The redheaded middleweight king has faced all comers, perhaps not at the time many desired, yet nonetheless were eventually tackled. Wins over such talents as Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan were shuffled in between less than epic nights (through no fault of his own) against James Kirkland, Liam Smith and most recently, Rocky Fielding. There’s no need to mention his two bouts with Golovkin and perhaps out of simple respect for the sport of boxing, Canelo’s May 2017 cakewalk victory over Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. won’t be spoken of any further.

At least that fight gave the grand entrance of Golovkin into the ring for a well arranged meeting with Saul to announce their showdown set for September of that year.

What’s not to love about this fight? When the bell rings on May 4, Alvarez will still be 28 and Jacobs will be 32.

“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” said Alvarez in Thursday’s press release. “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.”

That’s right! The bout will not cost $75 on HBO pay-per-view. Rather, DAZN will showcase Alvarez for the second time as the streaming service attempts to reach more homes and portable devices. Hopefully, DAZN will still cost only $9.99 per month next May and of course, those of us who subscribed to the network didn’t likely do so to watch cricket or soccer from the Far East. Last month’s fight night which featured Alvarez jumping up to super middleweight to take on the least dangerous fighter in the division, Rocky Fielding was his first outing on DAZN.

Canelo said all along that his plan was to defeat Fielding for the WBA super middleweight world title, then return to middleweight. So, if he won’t fight Callum Smith at 168 pounds or choose to not make a trilogy with Golovkin until perhaps September 14, then Danny Jacobs is by no means a subpar replacement.

“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” said the eager 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.”

As of Thursday, a venue has yet to be announced, but let’s not kid ourselves. Although winter sales are currently in effect, a basic room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for Saturday, May 4 is $299. That doesn’t include taxes or resort fees. One doesn’t have to stay at the palace in Vegas to render unto Caesar, it seems. All in all, it seems like a big win for boxing.

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  1. Lucas McCain 03:17pm, 01/20/2019

    Don, thanks for asking, but I can barely keep up with guys fighting now to think seriously about all-time fights unless strongly motivated.  You might write to the guy at Ring who does those—he’s surprisingly good at that.  A tip to compensate: if you are the kind who is up half the night (an age thing) and have clear skies, check out the lunar eclipse tonight, about 3 AM-on (a “super blood wolf moon” whatever that means).  The snow storm missed us and the moon is as fat and bright as I’ve ever seen it.  Time to go howling. . . .

  2. don from prov 07:03pm, 01/19/2019

    Mr. McCain—

    Even if I wanted to, I couldn’t debate (or be as clever about) your band line-up.  Thanks for answering.  Maybe you would consider an article about the trio head to to head with Hagler/Monzon—your takes would be interesting.

  3. Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers 04:45pm, 01/19/2019

    Canelo, Gtree and Co. would not have been even fighting in the middleweight division during the early 80’s unless they literally chopped off an arm or two. Without the benefit of today’s weigh ins being the day before the fight, these guys would have had to fight light heavy. Canelo would have been murdered by the likes the Michael Spinks, Dwight Qawi, Saad Muhammad etc. Even the fighters a notch or two below like Marvin Johnson, Yaqui Lopez, James Scott, among others would have been too much for these guys. As much as I like Golovkin, I can’t see him dominating those early 80’s light heavyweights, and Canelo would have been seriously hurt, no doubt about it.

  4. Koolz 02:10pm, 01/19/2019

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x70xtp7

    Andrade vs Akavov
    I am posting this because of what Andrade is saying right now, he wants GGG?

    Really?  GGG would destroy him!!!!!!!Canelo would be beat him also and I think Andrade is insanely talented!

  5. Koolz 01:24pm, 01/19/2019

    Canelo vs Jacobs is an amazing fight a Dream fight!  Thank You Boxing!

    but honestly Jacobs last fight should have been a draw.

  6. Koolz 01:19pm, 01/19/2019

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x70xtp6

    Linares vs Pablo


    what happens when you have fought Lomachenko….

  7. Lucas McCain 10:20am, 01/19/2019

    I don’t see any of today’s trio as BETTER than the fab four, but on a given day, they are good enough to possibly win, i.e., they are within reach.  I put Leonard on lead guitar, by the way, because he was capable of being a flashy show-off of the Mike Bloomfield/Jimi Hendrix variety, a good talent to have in rock, though not necessary.  Duran, maybe the best of them all but not always on his best game, on rhythm the same way Keith Richards is on rhythm-and riff—more than just background!  Hearns on drums for obvious, bone-crunching reasons.  AS for Hagler on bass, because somebody has to!—but maybe for his steady yet blood-thumping pacing.

  8. don from prov 08:12am, 01/19/2019

    “... no more being eliminated than losing an election by 3 million votes means you’ve “crushed”  a political rival.”  Pretty good, Mr. McCain.
    However, GGG/Canelo/Jacobs do not, IMO, come close to the “fab four”.
    Then again your ‘some kind of” modifies the situation.  Maybe = “not the same thing, but a focus of interest anyway.”  As to the four oldies, I would have the smallest of them, Duran—who gave two of the others at least some real hell—on lead guitar AND vocals; then again, what I give Leonard is always grudging—but still, pound for pound. ...

    Which, if any, of today’s trio would you have besting Hagler?  Monzon?
    I would be interested in your thoughts on that.  As I told Mr. Ecksel concerning Tyson Fury on another thread (and who still doesn’t seem inclined to answer me), I am not looking for a debate, but would only like to hear your thoughts on the subject.  How would you see any fights playing out?

  9. Lucas McCain 02:22pm, 01/18/2019

    If GGG has been eliminated, it’s on business grounds, not pugilistic ones. Holding Canelo (at least) even over 24 rounds is no more being eliminated than losing an election by 3 million votes means you’ve “crushed”  a political rival.

  10. El Conscripto 10:01am, 01/18/2019

    Canelo’s one up on the cards going in! Trout: Stanley Christo…118-109, Floyd: C.J. Ross 114-114, Lara: Levi Martinez 117-111, Cotto: Davey Moretti 119-110, GGG: Addy Byrd 118-110! This will be Canelo’s fifth winning loss! The only difference here is that Jacobs won’t have Sulaiman and Sanchez blowing smoke up his ass like they did GGG making him think he could get a decision over Golden Boy’s Golden Goose in Vegas!

  11. tetumbo 08:53am, 01/18/2019

    NObody is fighting for the chance to face Gennady. he’s been demoted to nothing more than a tentative 37-year-old contender. nothing more. in fact, once Canelo defeats the guy that Duckovkin avoided rematching followed by stripping Gennady of his MW bling and claiming a 168lb title that Gennady constantly teased his boxing-ignorant fanboys and gushing “experts” with but never dared accomplish, he’ll be a tentative and peripheral 37-year-old contender whose pleas Canelo can easily shrug off in favor of fresher and more accomplished competition. i’ve rarely ever seen a presumably “dominant” champion so thoroughly and comprehensively eliminated from his successor’s competitive bracket.

  12. Lucas McCain 08:07am, 01/18/2019

    Plus the winner could get GGG, keeping alive the dreams of some kind of Power Trio reenacting the Fab Four of the 1980s—Leonard, Duran, Hagler, and Hearns (not necessarily in that order, but I’d say Leonard on lead guitar, Duran on rhythm, Hagler on bass, and Hearns on drums).  Now it also seems the fake news about Klitschko coming back had something to it.  If he does have a three fight series being toyed with at DAZN, including rematches with Fury and Joshua, there’s a second triangle out there, though I’d rather (for his sake) big Wlad stayed glad, i.e., retired.

  13. snowflake 07:30am, 01/18/2019

    After GGG-Jacobs I thought Jacobs had the size and style to give Alvarez a lot of problems, but Alvarez has improved since then and I think he wins this pretty cleanly. That said, Jacobs always has a chance with his athleticism, height/reach, and power, and I expect he’ll come to win. Could be a hell of a fight

  14. don from prov 06:53am, 01/18/2019

    I don’t like Alvarez but have to give him props—pretty constantly.

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