Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez's brilliant movement was on show in fourth round v Danny Jacobs

Canelo Alvarez v Daniel Jacobs

Last night the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas saw Saul "Canelo" Alvarez beat Daniel Jacobs in a world middleweight title unification via a narrow unanimous decision.

The Mexican dominated the first half of the fight, bamboozling Jacobs with his movement and timing, frustrating the 32-year-old who struggled to land a solid shot, but in the second half of the bout Jacobs came into his own, making use of his stamina and superior physicality to find gaps that were unavailable earlier in the fight.

But Jacobs late efforts weren't enough to make up the lost ground, and the judges' scorecards ended in Alvarez's favour with the scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112, with the victory coming as his second fight under his huge new contract with sports streaming site DAZN.

Canelo now holds the WBA, WBC and IBF world middleweight titles and a record of 52-1-2, 35 KOs and only the WBO belt held by Demetrius Andrade left to grab.

Jacobs, the taller man with the longer reach, attempted to stay out of Alvarez' range, as the Mexican targeted his opponent's body in a bid to deplete his superior stamina. 

Canelo enjoyed showing off his defensive prowess as he kept his head and body on a swivel, and exploiting his opponent by popping up at a different angle to throw a power punch.

A standout show of speed from Saul Alvarez came in the 4th round, as the two fighters went toe-to-toe in the centre of the ring, the American threw a total of ten punches in five seconds, combining jabs to the head and body, as well as attempting a powerful straight right at the end, but Alvarez weaved and ducked his way out to avoid all of them.

With the 28-year-old seemingly hitting his prime, he has exciting option ahead of him, having now defeated Triple G and Jacobs, perhaps his two most difficult opponents, he can now decide his own future.

A trilogy fight with Golovkin would be welcome or maybe he will go after Demetrius Andrade in a bid to unify the middleweight division.

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