Championship Rounds: Can Jacobs Ruin Cinco De Mayo?

Craig Carlos-Valentino
May 03, 2019 - 7:56 pm
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It’s Cinco de Mayo weekend which can only mean two things….Boxing and Championship Rounds.

 

ST & CCV are back with another edition of Championship Rounds and the boxing duo looks ahead to the latest in the sport of boxing.  At the forefront this weekend is boxing Superstar and champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez who takes on Daniel Jacobs for the undisputed middleweight championship.

 

Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs), 28 is the WBA and WBC middleweight champion, while Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), 32, currently owns the IBF tittle.  The fight takes place this Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

 

On paper this seems like a great fight but do the guys at Championship Rounds think this fight can be equally as great in the actual ring?  ST definitely thinks so.

 

“The last thing Jacobs is for Canelo is a just another opponent.  He is a legit champion and a legit fighter who will bring the fight to Canelo Saturday night.  He (Jacobs) beat cancer and stood toe to toe with GGG.  He’s not in fear of anything about Canelo at all.  I expect a great fight and performance from both fighters.”

 

Both ST and CCV agree (for once) as they both think it will be a Cinco de Mayo winning weekend for Canelo.  CCV thinks it will be pretty comfortably for Canelo.

 

“I can see 116-112 for Canelo.  I don’t think Jacobs will be able to do enough to handle Canelo’s constant pressure.  I think he wears Jacobs down with strong body shots”

 

ST favors Canelo as well, but also can see the judges making it a little more interesting than they should.

 

“We are talking about Canelo who seems to always be at the center of a crazy scorecard or two.  So if I see an even scorecard or 120-108 card I would not be surprised. I’ve almost come to expect a crazy scorecard that doesn’t best represent the actual action in a Canelo fight.  But regardless still think Canelo ends up with the decision”

ST and CCV are also figuring out how they are going to watch the fights this weekend.  Unlike the typical pay per view platform, Saturday night’s fight will be shown through the company DAZN.

 

DAZN (pronounced "Da Zone"; is a subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand streaming of events from various properties.  They charge a one time fee of $99.99 for the year ($8.33 a month).  Is this the right direction to go or will this be a fad to come and go?

 

CCV thinks DAZN is the future of how we consume boxing.

 

“This is the direction that things have been going for a while.  This is how people have been consuming sports.  On their smart phones and computers.”

 

The guys also look back at last month’s Terrence Crawford and Amir Khan fight.  The fight went as expected which was a one sided win for Crawford who won via 6th round TKO when Khan was not able to continue due to being hit with a low blow.

 

“Now that we’ve moved on from that fight can we get to the fight everyone wants to see which is Crawford and (Errol) Spence,” says ST.  “There are two fights that have to be made I think in the next I will say 18 months and that is Wilder and Joshua and Crawford and Spence.  Anything later than that you really are losing these guys fighting in their actual primes which would be bad for boxing.”

 

For the Championship Rounds “Back in the Day” segment the guys look back at a fight that took place in Vegas 12 years ago this weekend and was billed as “The World Awaits.”  It was the junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya.    The impact of this fight was huge success on pay per view and set a new bar on what a successful blockbuster fight is.  The guys reflect on both the good and bad that came from that fight.

 

Of course as always the guys finish their show as they do everyone they do, with their “Low Blows” segment which highlights some of the lowlights going on the sports of boxing.  This week ST discusses how heavyweight contender Luis Ortiz and his team should be ashamed of themselves for turning down 5 million dollars to fight Anthony Joshua.  CCV focuses on boxing needing to take a better stand on how they treat cheaters in the sport.

 

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