Eddie Hearn backing Daniel Jacobs to upset Canelo on May 4, unify at 160
Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Daniel Jacobs will come through his toughest assignment yet against Canelo Alvarez on May 4.
Jacobs, who it was argued defeated Gennady Golovkin previously in a close fight, steps up on Cinco de Mayo for a huge battle.
The IBF middleweight ruler heads into the contest as the underdog. But Hearn says all Jacobs has gone through in his life will culminate into one night.
Surviving cancer to return to boxing at the top of his game, Jacobs has the opportunity to add further to his remarkable story in Las Vegas.
“For a long, long time since we signed Daniel Jacobs, he has told me three special words: ‘Bring me Canelo.’ And on May 4, he finally has the chance,”pointed out Hearn.
“I have never been so confident in a 50-50 fight. And I believe this young man walks with faith. I believe on May 4th, he will become the unified middleweight champion in the world.
“Faith is a wonderful thing and when you combine it with talent, you can’t beat it.”
On Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya agreeing to a massive off-Pay-Per-View encounter on streaming service DAZN, Hearn added: “This is an amazing moment for DAZN and fight fans.
“For a long time, you’ve been paying a lot of money for the super fights and that’s really about to change.
“We have to give a huge amount of credit to Canelo and Oscar and the team. They know how tough this fight is. You see just a little bit of worry…isn’t it great that we have a super fight?
“Isn’t it great that we have a moment in this sport when two great champions could come together?”
Canelo is bidding to add another strap to his collection ahead of a third fight with Gennady Golovkin later this year.
The pair have met twice before, with a draw being following by a Canelo victory.
‘GGG’ recently signed up to DAZN to ensure the trilogy went ahead. There have since been several reports that Canelo v Golovkin III will happen anyway – regardless of a Jacobs triumph.