CANELO ALVAREZ UNIFIES HIS MIDDLEWEIGHT BELTS WITH UNANIMOUS DECISION OVER DANIEL JACOBS
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, May 4, 2019 – After an excellent championship contest, Canelo Alvarez becomes the unified WBC, WBA, IBF, and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion after a hard-punching performance against Daniel Jacobs that went the distance. The main card of the evening lived up to the hype as well, with a brutal third round knockout by Vergil Ortiz Jr. over Mauricio Herrera, Joseph Diaz Jr. claiming the WBA Gold Super Featherweight Title following a seventh round stoppage against Freddy Fonseca, and Lamont Roach Jr. remaining undefeated after a unanimous decision win against Jonathan Oquendo.
“It was just what we thought. We knew he was going to be a difficult fighter but thank god we did things the right way, what we were going to do. It was just what we thought because of the style of fight that he brings but we just did our job.”
“I’m very happy. I’m very happy with what we did. Obviously I thought it would have been a much more entertaining fight for the public but we did what we can with what the opponent brings. We showed a lot of waist movement, a lot of diversity, a lot of punches. Overall I think it was a beautiful fight.”
On Daniel Jacobs switching to southpaw during the fight: “It’s normal. It’s obviously just a matter of adapting when they switch righty to leftie.”
Who does he want next? “I’m just looking for the biggest challenge. That’s all I want.”
Is there unfinished business with GGG? “No, for me, it’s over. But if the people want another fight, we’ll do it again, and I’ll beat him again.
“That’s why I’m here. That’s what I was born for. To fight. To defend what’s mine. I’ll fight anyone.”
“I feel accomplished, l feel great. I have to go back to look at the tapes to see exactly what the judges thought. They said to me that I was up, so I was still pushing forward because I wanted to finish strong. He’s a tremendous champion and I tip my hat to him. I gave my all out there. You’ll see Daniel Jacobs bigger and better next time.”
“It definitely took me a couple rounds to get my wits about me, to figure out his rhythm, because he’s a pop shotter. He was a fast guy, very slippery. It was a great contest today, I look forward to the future. I feel like I gave enough tonight to get the victory so I’ll have to go back to the tapes to see exactly what happened.”
“I didn’t feel any different. I’m just a naturally big middleweight. I made the sacrifice of coming in 173 and paying a hefty fine for it but end of the day, I made sacrifices. I got the short end of the stick, but to my fans, to all my survivors out there who appreciate me and my story for what I represent, I thank you. The journey is not over. I continue to strive for success and to be the best I can be.”
On what he said to his son right after the fight: “I asked him, ‘do you think daddy did a good job?’ He said, ‘yes dad, you did a great job.’ That’s all that matters to me, I’ll go home and be the best I can be.”
Vergil Ortiz Jr.
“You know, I‘m actually pretty proud of this fight. If you know me and kept up with my fights, I’m usually not satisfied with my performance. I just want to tell you all and I hope you are too, I am very satisfied with my performance tonight.”
“Everyone thinks that I don’t have all that experience just because I’m 12-0…well I’m 13-0 now. People don’t realize I work in the gym hard every day. I spar world champions all the time. I’m not the one that goes to the world champions and say, ‘hey, can we spar?’ They come up to me. And that’s the difference between me and the other prospects.”
“He was keeping his left hand down the whole time and I knew I was fast enough to capitalize on that. Other than that, I had the fight figured out after the first round.”
“I want to go back to 140 and get that world title. There’s plenty of champions that I believe I can take on right now and I hope after this performance, everyone believes in that.”
“If they tell me, hey Vergil, fight in a world title fight in two weeks, I’ll take it right now.”
Joseph Diaz Jr.
“I felt really good at 130. This is my second fight at this weight and I felt very comfortable. Like I said, 126 was just way too hard for me. I wasn’t able to showcase the power I actually have. Now I’m able to showcase my skills, my defense, my head movement, everything. I feel like I have it all at 130. Tevin where you at?”
“I just feel a lot more stronger. I’m able to make more changes and take more risks because I’m not worried in my head that I’m going to get tired or that my body’s going to get fatigued in the later rounds. At 130, I’m feeling strong, like a beast, and I’m going to become a champion, I promise you guys.”
“I was dealing with depression and I was almost at the end of the road, I was at rock bottom last year. I was going through a lot, a lot of people don’t realize this. I was really going through some tough, tough times. I want to thank my mom, my sisters, my family, God almighty for not doing anything stupid. Anyone suffering from depression, trust me, everything is going to be okay.”
“I’m ready for a world title my next fight. I wanted to fight Tevin Farmer on this card. Then he started to talk all this smack on Tuesday and that he pressed something. He didn’t press anything. Let’s get it Tevin, let’s get this fight.”
Lamont Roach Jr.
“The fight played out good. I think it could have gone better of course. But I’m glad we got this experience, to go up to the championship level. The only guys that beat him became champions and I’m one of them.”
“I knew that I was bleeding because I could feel the trickling but I’ve been getting hit in the face since I was nine years old. It wasn’t nothing I wasn’t used to.”
“He hit me with a clean body shot. I just got myself together towards the end of that round and stuck to the game plan and continued boxing.”
“From round 1 to round 10, I was feeling all of the head butts.”
“He’s as tough as they come. He fought former world champions, he beat a former world champ, he brought the fight to me, and if someone else brings the fight to me, I’m ready, I can go ten, I can go twelve.”
12-Round Middleweight Unification Bout @ 160 lbs.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs
Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) defeated Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) by unanimous decision
(115-113, 115-113, 116-112)
10-Round Welterweight Bout @ 147 lbs.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Mauricio Herrera
Vergil Ortiz Jr. (13-0, 13 KOs) defeated Mauricio Herrera (24-9, 7 KOs) by KO at :29 of Round 3
12-Round Vacant WBA Gold Super Featherweight Bout @ 130 lbs.
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Freddy Fonseca
Joseph Diaz Jr. (29-1,15 KOs) defeated Freddy Fonseca (26-3-1, 17 KOs) by TKO at 2:07 of Round 7
10-Round WBO International & NABO Super Featherweight Title Bout @ 130 lbs.
Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Jonathan Oqeundo
Lamont Roach Jr. (19-0-1, 7 KOs) defeated Jonathan Oquendo (30-6, 19 KOs) by unanimous decision
(97-92, 97-92, 96-93)
Canelo Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs
Canelo Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 Kos) won a hard earned decision against Daniel Jacobs (35-3, 29 KOs) in Las Vegas Nevada at the T-Mobile arena. It was a back and forth contest which gave the fans exactly what they wanted to see. Jacobs had plenty of success but was simply outworked. With the victory Canelo added the IBF Middleweight championship to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles. Scores for the contest were 116-112 and two scores of 115-113 all in favor of Canelo.
Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Mauricio Herrera
Vergil Ortiz (13-0, 13 KOs) made an absolute statement as he destroyed Mauricio Herrera (24-9, 7 KOs) by third round stoppage. Ortiz Jr knocked his man down win the second round and completely stopped him in the third. Herrera had previously never been stopped before so it was a major statement made by Ortiz Jr.
Lamont Roach Jr. vs. Jonathan Oquendo
Lamont Roach Jr (19-0-1, 7 KOs) was in a tougher then expected contest. The Super Featherweight prospect narrowly defeated Jonathan Oquendo (30-6, 19 KOs). It seemed as though Oquendo had the advantage for most of the contest until the eighth round where Oquendo lost a point for coming in with his head. Roach Jr seemed to get a bit of confidence and really let his hands go. The judges scored the bout in the favor of Roach Jr as they had it 96-93 and two scores of 97-92. The crowd at the T-Mobile arena booed in disapproval as many believed that Oquendo did more then enough to win the contest.
Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Freddy Fonseca
Former title challenger Joseph Diaz Jr (29-1, 15 KOs) dominated Freddy Fonseca (26-3-1, 17 KOs) to the tune of a seventh round knockout on the undercard of Canelo vs Jacobs at the T-Mobile arena. It was not a competitive matchup to say the least as Diaz Jr had his way from the beginning. The sixth round saw Diaz Jr punish his man and drop him. The seventh round saw the beating continue but Fonseca’s corner threw in the towel to put an end to the contest.
John Ryder vs. Bilal Akkawy
John Ryder (28-4, 16 KOs) was due to take on David Lemieux but was forced to pull out with an injury. Late notice replacement Bilal Akkawy (20-1-1, 16 KOs) stepped and fought valiantly but was no match for Ryder. Akkawy was dropped in the third round but managed to get back to his feet. A barrage of punches forced the referee to step in. With the win Ryder now becomes the interim WBA Super Middleweight champion.
Sadam Ali vs. Anthony Young
Anthony Young (21-2, 8 KOs) pulled off the biggest win of his career when he stopped former Jr Middleweight champion Sadam Ali (27-3, 14 KOs). Young, came out aggressive looking to establish himself and that is exactly what he did as he landed big shots in the opening frame. Ali had a better second round but Young would not be denied. The third round saw Young land shot after shot which had his man visibly hurt. The referee was forced to step in and put an end to the contest as Ali was beginning to take a beating.
Francisco Esparza vs. Aram Avagyan
In yet another contest that pitted two undefeated fighters against one another, it was Featherweight prospect Aram Avagyan (9-0, 4 KOs) who came out the victor against Francisco Esparza (9-1-1, 3 KOs). The scores for the contest were 97-92 and 96-93 twice all in favor of the undefeated Avagyan.
Alexis Espino vs. Billy Wagner
In a battle of young undefeated prospects Alexis Espino (2-0, 1 KOs) handed Billy Wagner (1-1) his first professional loss on the undercard of Canelo vs Jacobs. Espino was deducted a point in the second round for hitting his opponent while he was down on the ground. All three judges agreed that Espino deserved the victory. Two judges scored the bout 39-35 while the third had it 39-34.