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Alvarez unifies middleweight world titles

MEXICAN Saul “Canelo” Alvarez unified boxing’s 160-pound division on Saturday, earning a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs in a fight that pitted two of the world’s top middleweights with three world titles on the line.

The 28-year-old Alvarez kept his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles and seized Jacobs’ International Boxing Federation belt in a bout that marked the Mexican’s return to the middleweight division.

Alvarez said his hard work in the gym paid off and there was very little Jacobs did that came as a surprise.

“It is just what we thought it would be,” said Alvarez, who became the first Mexican champ to hold three major titles in a single division. “We did our job. We showed a lot of diversity, in terms of punches and combinations. It was a beautiful fight.”

Alvarez won on all three judges’ scorecards, with two having it 115-113 and the other 116-112. This was Alvarez’s first fight of 2019 but the second fight of his five-year 11-fight $365 million deal with the boxing streaming service DAZN.He improved his record to 56-1-2 with 35 knockouts.- AFP

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