Known as the ‘Boxing Capital of the World,’ Sin City a.k.a. Las Vegas, Nevada has seen more boxing action than most other cities combined. This is not surprising considering Sin City is specially geared up to host the biggest, most exciting and lucrative boxing spectacles.
These exhilarating events are characterised by brute force, skill, endurance and ferocity, as one warrior faces down another before tens of thousands of paying spectators, and hundreds of millions more who watch the action live on TV or online around the globe.
In fact, boxing and other combat sports are so popular globally that they’ve even permeated online casinos in the form of real money fighting-themed slots like those on this ND365 listing.
Next up on the Las Vegas boxing calendar is the highly-anticipated 12 round Middleweight showdown between Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and USA’s Daniel “Danny” Jacobs on Saturday May 4, 2019 at the T-Mobile Arena.
This fight is a must watch for any fan.
Tickets for this bout (which will be shown live on streaming service DAZN) are as valuable as hen’s teeth. This is not hard to see why judging by the records of the two fighters and the damage they’re expected to inflict on each other.
28-year-old Alvarez, for instance, has chalked up 51 wins from 54 fights (35 by KO) with two draws and one loss. 32-year-old Jacobs, meanwhile, has racked up 35 wins from 37 fights (29 by KO), with zero draws and two losses.
But there’ll be much more than pride to fight over in this title unification bout as Alvarez puts his WBC and WBA Super titles and Jacobs his IBF title on the line.
May 4th will be the fifth time Saul Alvarez has done battle in Las Vegas and he’s in top form after beating England’s Michael “Rocky” Fielding by TKO in round 3 of 12 at Madison Square Garden on December 15 last year. Before that he beat Kazakhstan’s Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin in September by majority decision.
Although the Mexican’s victory over Fielding was impressive, it was his narrow triumph over Golovkin that captured the imagination of boxing fans, especially in such a long-awaited rematch.
The first time Alvarez and Golovkin faced off was on September 16, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. There after 12 gruelling rounds the fight ended in a split draw (114-114, 115-113 Golovkin and 118-110 Alvarez).
While many fans thought the decision fair, others felt Golovkin should have been awarded victory even if by the smallest margin. However, in September Alvarez got the opportunity to silence his detractors once and for all.
What made his rematch victory so impressive is the fact he won against a boxer who between 2010 and 2018 held the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO titles, and captured the WBC and WBA middleweight titles at the same time.
Interestingly, Daniel Jacobs is also no stranger to Triple G as they crossed paths on March 18, 2017 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Unfortunately for Jacobs, the Kazakhstani was awarded the win via a unanimous decision (115-112, 115-112, and 114–113).
However, the take home from that fight was that Jacobs lasted 12 rounds (it was also the first time in his pro career that Golovkin fought 12 rounds) showcasing a stamina and strength that would serve him well in his next three bouts.
For instance, on November 11, 2017 Jacobs defeated countryman Luis Arias in an undisputed decision in round 12 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale.
He followed that victory with another on April 28, 2018 when he beat Poland’s Maciej Sulecki in an undisputed decision in round 12 at United States Barclays Center in New York City.
Jacobs completed his 12th round hat trick on October 27, 2018 by defeating Ukrainian Serhiy Derevianchenko by a split decision.
Jacobs has a large fan base in the US and beyond because he’s a tremendous fighter in and out of the ring. In 2011 his career almost came to an end when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.
Determined to beat the disease, Jacobs did just that over 19 months (hence his nickname “Miracle Man”) and is now stronger and more motivated than ever. This is why the Alvarez vs. Jacobs fight is expected to be such a doozy.
In terms of upcoming fights in Vegas worth a flutter, this is definitely one of them. Most sportsbooks have Alvarez as the -300 favourite and Jacobs as the +230 underdog. But whatever happens, this bout will be memorable.