“They will both have to dig into their bags of tricks and going down the stretch it could end up being more of a war than either might anticipate going into it."
’Iceman’ John Scully
“I think the fight will see a very even mix of real aggression and power shots coupled with very intelligent boxing.” Iceman John Scully, boxing historian, analyst and former world title challenger, offered this opinion and a full expert analysis on the fight.
And it IS a great middleweight challenge. Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2) and Danny Jacobs (35-2-0), set in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, to unify the IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles. Both fighters possess an array of skills and style, and fight fans are anxious to see who emerges the champ. Scully is looking forward to the fight as well, as his breakdown reveals.
Canelo brings an incredible style to the ring, Scully explained.
“Canelo Alvarez proved in both fights with Golovkin that he is far more than just aggressive warrior,” he said. “His defense, his ability to evade as well as withstand many big bombs and, especially, his slipping and counter punching ability are certainly at a world class level. He has developed into a very, very well rounded and disciplined professional fighter.”
Danny Jacobs to Scully, is equally impressive.
“Danny has proved in many fights that he has the ability to both box and slug at the world class level,” he said and gave examples of his best outings. “He can start quickly and be aggressive as he was against a good fighter in Peter Quillin, but he can also sharply, elusively box with anyone in the world, as he did so well with Golokvin. His ability to set up a series of perfectly executed punches with the jab, before smoothly stepping out of harm’s way is extremely impressive to me.”
Both fighters have strengths in their game that can propel them to victory.
“Canelo Alvarez has developed into an impressive master counter puncher who is able to calmly anticipate his opponents punches and take advantage in a big way after he makes them miss,” Scully said, and continued. “He’s cool and collected under pressure and even under heavy fire is able to locate openings quickly and drop counter shots in there. He’s a committed body puncher, as well, and is just an overall very sound professional fighter.”
Jacobs, Scully observed, has quite an arsenal in the ring.
“Besides his fearlessness and his boxing ability,” he said, “Danny Jacobs also has very respectable power on his punches and a big heart in his chest.” Along with heart and strength, Jacobs has guts. “He’s not going to be intimidated by any stretch of the imagination in this fight,” Scully said, and noted his straight boxing skills are a huge factor of his success. “His jab and command of textbook combinations is on a very high level and when he decides to use angles and calculation, he is as effective as anyone else with it in the world outside of Lomachenko.”
When the bell sounds at the T-Mobile Arena, Scully envisions a very close fight.
“I see a very, very closely contested fight here. I see both guys being fearless but still showing respect for each other’s strengths and skills,” he said, and explained. “I think Danny will elect to box for the most part but he may find Canelo a bit of a more difficult target to be than he looks on film,” which could result in problems for Jacobs, Scully pointed out. “He may have to work a little harder than he thinks to get through with consistent shots on Alvarez, and he may also be surprised at the accuracy of the counter shots being tossed back at him as he does this. I think the fight will see a very even mix of real aggression and power shots coupled with very intelligent boxing.”
For the end result, Scully predicts a distance fight.
“I believe this fight will be hotly contested with neither of them showing a dominant edge,” he said, and thinks both fighters will be pulling out all the stops to get the W. “They will both have to dig into their bags of tricks and going down the stretch it could end up being more of a war than either might anticipate going into it,” Scully continued. “I feel like when it comes time to dig down that both will do so and many of the rounds will be too close to call unanimously.”
Even with hard to call rounds, Scully predicts who will get the edge, and ultimately, the win.
“I also feel that it stands to reason that Canelo will get some benefit of the doubt in the really close rounds and when it comes down to it, they will prove to be the difference in a fight that many will be. If I have to pick who I think will come through with the decision, I would say it feels like a close, close fight that will see many hard to score rounds that will ultimately go to Canelo and end with a very close, 12 round decision for him.”