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Canelo looking blazing fast training for Jacobs

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By Aragon Garcia: Saul Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs) is looking amazingly fast at the start of his training for his unification fight against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs for their May 4 fight on DAZN. Canelo is seen throwing nonstop power punches into the mitts held by his venerable trainer Eddy Reynoso in camp.


Canelo looks like he’s been training continuously since his impressive third round TKO win over WBA World super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (27-2, 15 KOs) on December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Canelo tore Fielding’s WBA 168 lb title away from him on that night in knocking him down 3 times before the ‘massacre at the Garden’ was over with in round three.

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Getting Jacobs to stand still long enough for Canelo to land these blistering combinations is going to be difficult. The only way Canelo, 28, is going to be able to get Jacobs to stay in one place is for him to trap him against the ropes, and then unload with a storm of shots before he gets back on his roller skates to skate away from trouble.

Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) is going to have a nightmarish time trying to deal with Canelo on May 4 if he’s not able to get his game back to where it was when he gave Gennady Golovkin the fight of his life on March 18, 2017. That version of Jacobs will make it interesting for Canelo on May 4 in their fight on DAZN at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. What we’ve seen from the 32-year-old Jacobs in his last three fights against Luis Arias, Maciej Sulecki and Sergiy Derevyanchenko is a fighter who has lost something from his game. Jacobs isn’t punching with the same authority as he was before, and he’s not fighting with the same courage that he had before his fight with GGG. Losing power could be a product of Jacobs fighting in the wrong weight class. It’s widely believed that Jacobs is a boiled down super middleweight, who somehow has been able to drop tons of water weight to make weight for the 160 lb weight class. You can only do that so many times before you start losing power on your shots. Jacobs’ lack of aggressiveness in his fights since the GGG contest is harder to figure out. Jacobs was hurt late in that fight by an uppercut from Golovkin. It could be that Jacobs is now gun-shy because of the shots that he took from GGG.

Canelo is coming off of three consecutive impressive performances against Rocky Fielding and Golovkin [x 2], and looking almost impossible to beat. Jacobs campaigned hard for the fight with Alvarez, and now he’s got it. Jacobs is coming into the fight with four consecutive poor performances against GGG, Sulecki, Arias and Derevyanchenko. The last time Jacobs looked really good was in his rematch with Sergio Mora in September 2016. Jacobs knocked Mora down 5 times in stopping him in the 7th.

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