Canelo Álvarez to fight Danny Jacobs in middleweight unification bout

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Canelo Álvarez will return to the ring – and the middleweight division – on 4 May to fight Danny Jacobs. The Mexican will defend his WBC and WBA titles against IBF champion Jacobs in a match-up of two of the sport’s top performers. No venue has been announced for the bout on the eve of Cinco de Mayo.

Álvarez (50-1-2, 35 knockouts) became a three-division world champion by stopping Rocky Fielding in three rounds to take the WBA super middleweight crown in December. He now goes back to middleweight, where he owns a draw and a victory over Gennady Golovkin that lifted him to the top of a loaded division.

“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” the 28-year-old Álvarez said. “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.”

Jacobs, a 31-year-old New Yorker who overcame bone cancer to become a champion, is 35-2 with 29 KOs. Despite losing a close bout to Golovkin in 2017, Jacobs remains a force. He hasn’t lost since and took the IBF belt by defeating Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for, the opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” Jacobs said. “I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on 4 May … 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.”

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