(Former Alabama amatuer/professional fighter David Schacht gives us a strategic preview of tonight’s World Middleweight Title fight between “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs in Las Vegas)
Hola boxing fans! “Cinco de Mayo” is coming earlier this year with the incredible Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Danny “The Miracle Man” Jacobs.
To get a feel for this fight, I have cited two fights I believe can illuminate some of the impending struggle, as these two superstars clash in their super fight tonight only on DAZN.
On the surface
Styles make fights. I must say first and foremost, it’s not just a cliche’ saying, as much as it is the touchstone to get a feel for this matchup of “Miracle versus Mexican Superstar.” In recent years, Canelo Alvarez struggled with fighters who don’t aggressively come forward, and accept the rough and tough vaunted Mexican school of boxing. And, Canelo is its most celebrated student, since Julio Cesar Chavez decades ago. Danny is not that fighter; quick to engage and his positional awareness gives fighters fits!
What to look for from Jacobs
Look for Danny we saw in his fight against GGG. He fought the Kazakh terror using finesse to snuff out the fire of Golovkin. His legs, positional awareness, but also comfortability in the clinch, movements and boxing acumen to survive an early knockdown and put together a laudable second effort that resulted in a razor thin decision for Golovkin.
Danny is a mobile fighter who will use positions and finesse to snipe shots and pick spots against the much feared Mexican champion. BUT, maybe bigger is the weight. Danny will step into this ring, as a near Cruiserweight, as he did in his fight with Golovkin, according to our recent BFW podcast interview with Sergio Mora .
What Canelo must watch for
Already the rangier fighter and with plenty savvy and experience combined with the size differential and slick footwork looks to provide the stiffest test possibly, Canelo could dominate at the Middleweight division for some time. From using the Golovkin vs Jacobs and Canelo vs Lara battles, we gain a very base knowledge to parlay into predictions.
Lara was able to use movement as defense, and work off his Cuban school background to use his fleet footing to evade the hard counters and clashes that Canelo Alvarez executes better than any fighter on the planet. Expect a BIG-mobile Danny Jacobs fighting fire with finesse looking to win exchanges with high volume flurries, imposing length and slick movements to gain advantageous positions to go to work, and Canelo will be utilizing his elite counters to throw Jacobs off and take over the fight with sharp counters.
Further, expect many adjustments and tactical exchanges in this seemingly superb and difficult fight for both these championship fighters!
Happy early Cinco de Mayo folks! Although a fight like this feels a little more like Christmas come early!