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Daniel Jacobs views Canelo Alvarez as his final hurdle

Jacobs will challenge Canelo on May 4th.

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As IBF middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs gets ready to unify titles with Canelo Alvarez on Cinco de Mayo weekend, the Brooklyn native says that this fight is the one to secure his legacy in the sport.

Jacobs admits that Canelo is already well established and that this is really his opportunity to make his mark, by becoming the best middleweight in the world. He also mentions that he’ll present a completely different challenge to Canelo than Golovkin did.

From Sky Sports:

“When I step in that ring on May 4, that will be the last hurdle I have to step over because I will declare myself the middleweight champ, the best fighter in the world of my division.

”Say that if you understand that boxing styles make fights, there’s no way that you can automatically think because he defeated Golovkin that he’ll defeat me. I’m a totally different animal, I possess a totally different threat.

”Physically I’m the bigger man. Golovkin was bigger than him and I’m bigger than Golovkin, so that’s more of a threat to Canelo that he’s ever seen.”

Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is most recently coming off a fight against Sergey Derevyanchenko last October, winning the vacant IBF title. That bout was two fights removed from his unanimous decision loss to Gennady Golovkin back in early 2017.

Of course triangulation doesn’t really work in boxing, so you can’ t simply expect that because Jacobs lost to Golovkin and Canelo beat Golovkin, that Canelo will just run over Jacobs. It’s a perfectly legitimate fight at the top of the division, and as fans that’s really all we can really ask for.

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