The Big Question: Canelo vs Jacobs - who wins?
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Members of the BM team are here with their picks and predictions for tonight's mammoth middleweight showdown between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs for the WBA 'super', WBC, IBF and lineal titles...
I’m picking Canelo by late stoppage. I think the Mexican is at the peak of his powers right now, coming off a decision win over his rival GGG and then a walkover fight at 168lbs vs Rocky Fielding, he goes into this in top form. Jacobs was unlucky to lose a tight decision to the aforementioned Golovkin but since then has flattered to deceive, most recently getting the rub of the green in a split decision nod over Sergiy Derevyanchenko. I think Jacobs’ run is over and Canelo’s is at its apex. Canelo TKO 10. - Callum Rudge
It’s hard not to get excited about a fight that features not just two of the best boxers in their weight class, but two of the best boxers on the planet – period. I am expecting the bout to be a fast-paced chess match through the first six frames before Alvarez pulls away down the stretch. Give me Canelo on points in a close one where a late knockdown of Jacobs edges the fight in favour of the world’s middleweight champion. - Anthony Cocks
Cracking contest, which the underdog will fancy winning via an upset. However, as much as I'd like to see Jacobs win, I think Canelo will take a close, exciting, hard-earned points decision in a battle which may see a knock-down, will most-likely see a couple of "wobbles" and will definitely see Jacobs push Canelo all the way to the end. - Colin Harris
Canelo is at his peak right now and I expect him to get the job done over the distance here in a close, exciting fight. Jacobs is a tough guy and has all the attributes to push the Mexican early on though. Alvarez's body work during the early stages will likely be key before taking it to the American late on. I expect Canelo to win a tight contest by unanimous decision but the scores will likely have him a lot further ahead, further adding to the controversy that surrounds him. - Lee Gormley
Canelo via decision. Jacobs moves well, demands respect through his power, work rate and ring IQ and has been in impressive form following his comeback. For me though, Canelo has the full arsenal to edge a decision. The bull-like strength and explosion in both Canelo's set-up and counter punches, combined with a swift ability to slip and roll punches by an inch will dictate the course of action throughout 12 entertaining rounds, possibly scoring knockdowns along the way. Although Jacobs has showcased impressive power, I cannot see him troubling Canelo's chin, which has now been proven against the sport's most formidable 'KO King' GGG. Whatever the result, credit must be handed to both boxers. Canelo for accepting arguably his toughest challenge available and Jacobs for continuing to take on the division's elite. - Daniel Morley
Given that 2019 started off very slowly, getting Rungvisai vs Estrada II and Canelo vsJacobs in consecutive weeks is an excellent consolation prize. I’m struggling to see a way Jacobs wins this, though. It seems highly likely he’s going to try pecking away at Canelo from range to see how Alvarez reacts to his switching. In other words, don’t expect any ‘Mexican style’ from the American. As high quality a fight as this is, picking a winner is fairly straightforward. Jacobs doesn’t throw anything like the volume he’ll need to in order to sway the judges, and Alvarez, while stalking, will look like the aggressor throughout, effective or otherwise. Look for Canelo by clear UD with one or two scorecards that raise an eyebrow. - Tom Craze
Final tally: Canelo 6 Jacobs 0