Fighters are lining up to be new WBA “regular” super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent for Cinco De Mayo weekend 2019, including IBF middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs.
Jacobs, a network free agent, was in attendance for Alvarez’s third-round knockout victory over Rocky Fielding to state his intent in fighting Alvarez next. Jacobs was interviewed on the live DAZN broadcast for the event from Madison Square Garden and was asked on his thoughts about possibly fighting Alvarez.
The 31-year-old Jacobs said he believes there is unfinished business for Alvarez at middleweight since Alvarez has not fought at that weight since defeating Gennady Golovkin last September to win the WBA and WBA “super” titles at 160 pounds. Jacobs went one step further and said he was the perfect candidate to be Alvarez’s next opponent.
“It’s one I respect because obviously he’s fighting for legacy and capturing another belt; it’s a great thing for his career. I support him on that. But I do feel that he has a lot of unfinished business in the middleweight division….I think I’m the perfect candidate. I’m a world champion now. And that says a lot. I think now that the fans are wanting the fight, it’s been all over the place now…I’m wishing him the best of luck tonight but let’s do this, maybe Cinco de Mayo in Vegas,” Jacobs said.
Alvarez is currently scheduled to fight on May 4, 2019 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas after Golden Boy Promotions, the company that promotes Alvarez, reserved the venue for a boxing card on DAZN. Alvarez is in the middle of an 11-fight deal with DAZN worth $365 million. Jacobs won the vacant IBF title back in October when he won a decision against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.