The pair started slowly with Jacobs jabbing and Alvarez aiming at the body. Advertisement Jacobs kept searching for answers, and instead absorbed damage to the body and scoring jabs, failing to find the evasive Alvarez. In the sixth, Jacobs relished a sliver of success by turning to a left-handed stance, landing a clean combination.
Just getting the opportunity appeared to be the hardest part. However, Alvarez never had a chance to defend his IBF crown.
After a deadline passed with no deal in place, Alvarez was stripped of his IBF title. A step-aside fee could not be secured with Kovalev promoter Main Events, so Alvarez sat on the sidelines and patiently waited for the proceedings to play out.
Once Kovalev survived a brief scare and earned a tough knockout victory over Brit Anthony Yarde, a contract that was originally tabled became one that was eventually signed.
Alvarez also had to work in conjunction with DAZN and pick a palatable opponent. On Labor Day weekend, the contract finally came through, and both sides started marching toward the finish line once Kovalev was presented with an eight-figure offer.
But Top Rank had options on Kovalev, so we had to settle our business with them. Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev works out Nov.
He is in his last seven fights but still owns knockout power and a devastating jab. He has enjoyed an Indian summer of sorts ever since he switched trainers to Hall of Fame fighter turned coach Buddy McGirt this year.
Canelo wanted to fight me; to step up to higher weight and challenge for my belt. I will be ready.
But size never seems to matter to Alvarez. The body-attacking Alvarez could have a field day against Kovalev, using his smaller frame to work the ribs and stomach of Kovalev, much like Andre Ward successfully did twice against Kovalev.
Alvarez used a barrage of body blows against the much taller but overmatched Rocky Fielding in December when he cherry-picked a secondary version of the super middleweight crown, and thus, became a three-division titlist.
Manouk Akopyan has been a member of the Boxing Writers Assn.