Middleweight Unification Odds
The Las Vegas Strip will be jumping the first weekend of May. The Kentucky Derby faithful that are not in Lexington will be at one of the many Vegas Race and Sportsbooks for a weekend full of horse racing. And Saturday night, May 4, from T-Mobile Arena, the unification of the WBC/WBA and IBA Middleweight titles are on the line. Canelo Alvarez meets Daniel Jacobs in the middleweight main event. And while Alvarez checks in as the heavy favorite (-500) the match should be more exciting than the odds suggest.
Alvarez heavyweight favorite vs Jacobs
Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KO) currently holds the WBC and WBA middleweight belts. Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO) is the current IBF middleweight titleholder. This winner of the bout will be the titleholder of three of the four major titles at 160 pounds. The lone middleweight belt, the WBO title, is currently owned by Demetrius Andrade.
It was uber difficult for the oddsmakers not to make Alvarez the standout chalk in this fight. The stand alone talent began his career in Mexico before fighting under the bright lights in the United States. In his prime at 28-years of age he is a seasoned professional of 13-years. He turned pro at 15 and his success has seen him mature from his professional debut at 140 pounds to his now middleweight status.
The long time amateur and 30-plus year old Jacobs was a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion before Alvarez was a professional boxer. Jacobs has been a part of Floyd Mayweather undercard and is a familiar face in Las Vegas.
Note that Jacobs took some time away from boxing after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma. A cancer scare that kept him out of the fight scene for nearly two years.
Jacobs will take the T-Mobile ring on Saturday as the significant underdog but he has the size and reach advantage. Jacobs is 5’11” with a 73-inch reach. Canelo checks in a 5’8” with a 70½-inch reach.
Las Vegas will welcome the return of Jacobs on Saturday night. His first fight on the Vegas circuit since 2010. The T-Mobile crowd await the “are you ready to rumble” announcement as are the thousands of pay-per-view viewers.