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Alvarez and Jacobs face off as they look ahead to unification bout

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Alvarez and Jacobs face off as they look ahead to unification bout

Alvarez and Jacobs face off as they look ahead to unification bout

Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and fellow middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs faced off in New York on Wednesday (February 27) before their May 4 unification bout.

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Alvarez and Jacobs face off as they look ahead to unification bout

VIDEO SHOWS: NEWS BRIEFING AHEAD OF MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING MATCH BETWEEN CANELO ALVAREZ, AND BROOKLYN BOXER DANIEL JACOBS SHOWS: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 27, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, CANELO ALVAREZ, GIVING THUMBS UP, WALKING TO THE CENTER OF STAGE, SHAKING BOXING CHAMPION DANIEL JACOBS HAND / PAIR FACE OFF AHEAD OF NEWS BRIEFING 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, CANELO ALVAREZ, SAYING: "I've always liked challenges.

And this is not an exception.

We know what Daniel Jacobs brings, his ability, his qualities, his talent.

He knows how to move well in the ring." 3.

WHITE FLASH 4.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, CANELO ALVAREZ, SAYING: "And we'll do what we always do, prepare ourselves to the fullest to give the fans a great fight.

This is not going to be an exception.

This is going to be a great fight and we're going to come out with our hand raised." 5.

ALVAREZ AND JACOBS POSING FOR STILL PHOTOS WITH RAISED FISTS 6.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, DANIEL JACOBS, SAYING: "I'm from Brooklyn, Brownsville, New York.

I never, ever, ever, ever had it easy.

I've always had the long road.

I always had to jump over hurdles after hurdle after hurdle.

When I step in that ring, May 4th, that will be the last hurdle that I will have to step in because I would declare myself the middleweight champ, the best fighter in the world of my division." 7.

ALVAREZ HOLDING CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS 8.

ALVAREZ CLAPPING 9.

(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, CANELO ALVAREZ, SAYING: "No we know his style is going to be very difficult, very complicated.

But at this level, that's what you have to face, all the different styles and this level fighters.

We're prepared.

We're going to train.

We're going to work for whatever he can bring so that on May 4th, once again, my hand is raised." 10.

ALVAREZ AND JACOBS HOLDING THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS AND FACING OFF 11.

CHAMPIONSHIP BELT BELONGING TO JACOBS / JACOBS AT BRIEFING 12.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MIDDLEWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION, DANIEL JACOBS, SAYING: "If you understand that boxing styles make fights, there's no way that you can automatically think because he defeated Golovkin that he'll defeat me.

I'm a totally different animal.

I possess a totally different threat.

Physically, I'm the bigger man.

Golovkin was bigger than him, and I'm bigger than Golovkin.

So that's more of a threat to Canelo that he's ever seen.

And Rocky Fielding was the biggest fighter that ever faced, but Rocky Fielding didn't possess the skill set that I have.

So that's the difference." 13.

FANS CHEERING FOR ALVAREZ OFF STAGE 14.

VARIOUS OF ALVAREZ AND JACOBS WITH THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS STORY: Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and fellow middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs faced off in New York on Wednesday (February 27) ahead of their May 4 unification bout.

The fight will be at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

For World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association champion Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs), the fight will be his first since earning a technical knockout over Britain's Rocky Fielding last month.

American Jacobs, known as "The Miracle Man" after winning his battle with bone cancer, got past Sergiy Derevyanchenko by split decision when he last fought in October to pick up the International Boxing Federation belt.

Jacobs was diagnosed with a form of bone cancer in May 2011 and was left partially paralyzed.

After radiation treatments, surgery to remove a tumor wrapped around his spine and arduous rehabilitation, he returned to boxing in late 2012.

The 31-year-old Brooklyn native (35-2, 29 KOs) is already considered one of the best middleweights of this era and his clash with Alvarez will be the biggest of his career.

(Production: Hussein Waaile, Roselle Chen)



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