Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez will gather with Daniel Jacobs on May 4 to unify his 160-pound world title - weekend Cinco de Mayo - announced on Thursday.
The battleground is not set yet but is likely to be the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where four of Alvarez's last six fights have taken place.
Aside from a third fight with former unitary champion Gennady Golovkin, an Alvarez fight with Jacobs, widely regarded as the world's # 3 middleweight, is by far the lightest in the 160-pound division.
"I am pleased to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo," said Alvarez. "I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates I'm in. I have no doubt that I'm going to win and I'm one step away from becoming the undisputed world middleweight champion."
After Alvarez Golovkin had just by surprise in his rematch on September 15 in the biggest fight of 2018 by majority vote, he signed with DAZN a contract for a record amount of 365 million US dollars HBO, who has left the pit business at the end of the year.
Alvarez debuted under his new deal on 15 December. He climbed into super middleweight and beat Rocky Fielding in three one-sided rounds to win a secondary super middleweight champion at Madison Square Garden in New York
While Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KOs), 28, was thinking of staying in the 168-pound division, the fight was designed as a one-off piece with the intention of always returning to the fertile middleweight.
A third fight with Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs), 36, is possible if he also signs with DAZN, which has made the signing a priority and made him a significant offer that he weighs. In the meantime, Alvarez meets Jacobs, who also became broadcast free agent and HBO dropped out of boxing.
"Canelo Alvarez wants the best fights and the biggest challenges," said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez promoter. "He did that as a 154-pound champion, and now he's making it the king of the middleweight, and we're proud to show the boxing fans that the new partnership with DAZN means that fans can pay-per-view Level battles with no pay-per-view costs, Golden Boy Promotions keeps its promise to make the sport as accessible as possible by putting this champion vs. champion fight on the platform. "
Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), 31, of Brooklyn, New York, fought cancer in 2011 but returned to boxing in 2012. He won an empty middleweight world title by separating in a spirited fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko October 27 at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. After the fight, he next called for a union with Alvarez.
Now he has exactly what he wanted.
"This is the opportunity I've been waiting for, the opportunity to grow in the ring," said Jacobs. "I've always thought I beat Canelo and I'll be playing live on DAZN on May 4. I've been almost four years since Canelo faced an American challenger, it's going to be a big event where I believe I I will consolidate myself as the division's best middleweight. "