Boxing’s biggest star will take a step closer to becoming undisputed champion as Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles.
Canelo will fight in a 12-round unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) during the celebratory weekend of Cinco de Mayo.
The champion-vs.-champion event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019. It will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN.
Additional details for the event, including venue and ticket information, will be announced shortly.
Canelo is a 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He became the top man in the sport by facing the best competition and making the best fights for the fans.
At 154 pounds, Canelo captured several world titles. He defeated the likes of Austin “No Doubt” Trout, Sugar Shane Mosley, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara and Liam “Beefy” Smith.
However, Canelo scored his most significant victory yet at 160 pounds. He defeated Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in their highly anticipated rematch in September 2018. This established him as the WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion.
Canelo then made history because he signed the most lucrative sports contract for an athlete in history. He began a groundbreaking, exclusive partnership with global sports streaming platform DAZN that saw the last king of pay-per-view boxing step into a new era as the new king of sports streaming.
In his debut performance, Canelo became a three-division world champion. He knocked out Rocky Fielding in three rounds. As a result, Canelo captured the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in December 2018. Canelo will return to middleweight for this fight as he continues to clean out the 160-pound division.
Jacobs is a 31-year-old native of Brooklyn, New York who is widely considered as one of the best middleweights of this era.
Despite being away from the sport for 19 months, due to a form of bone cancer that he courageously overcame. Jacobs rose up the middleweight rankings to win the WBA Middleweight World Title against Jarrod Fletcher in 2014.
Jacobs made several successful defenses, including a thunderous first-round knockout of Peter Quillin the following year.
Despite losing to Gennady Golovkin in a very close fight in 2017. Jacobs has remained undefeated since his return. He defeated former amateur champion and middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. As a result, he captured the IBF Middleweight World Championship.
Therefore, Jacobs will look to capture more middleweight hardware in the biggest fight of his career.
“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.