Former world champion Carl Froch was in full agreement with outcome, as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez unified two middleweight titles on Saturday, earning a unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs in a fight that pitted two of the world’s top fighters at 160-pounds with three world titles on the line.
Canelo kept his WBC and WBA titles, and won Jacobs’ IBF belt in a bout that marked the Mexican’s return to the middleweight division.
Canelo said his hard work in the gym paid off.
Canelo won on all three judges’ scorecards, with two having it 115-113 and the other 116-112.
This was Canelo’s first fight of 2019, but the second fight of his five-year 11-fight $365 million deal with the boxing streaming service DAZN.
At the age of 28, he is still in his prime, having improved his record to 56-1-2 with 35 knockouts.
Froch, who was working the broadcast booth for Sky Sports, was watching from ringside.
"It was a slow start from Jacobs, he didn't seem to land anything at all," Froch told Sky Sports. "It was difficult. I gave him the first round. I liked what I saw, it's subjective, scoring.
"The stronger, more accurate fighter was Canelo and he got the win and he deserved the win. Some big fights still to come and it does keep that trio of fighters alive, and there's kids coming through as well, who can compete.
"But the reason that fight never set alight was because so few mistakes were made. Jacobs didn't really make any mistakes, he made a couple, Canelo made virtually none. When each fighter is over thinking or concentrating for every second of every round and doesn't make a mistake, it never really catches fire.
"We want to see punches landed, we want to see knockdowns and that wasn't one of those fights. It was a fight for the purists, who can appreciate the quality of what we saw tonight, what unfolded in that ring."