Santos Saúl ” Canelo ” Álvarez Barragán was born July 18, 1990 and he is a Mexican professional boxer.

Full name: Saúl Álvarez Barragán

Date of birth: July 18, 1990

Age: 32 years old

Place of birth: Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco

Debut date: October 2005

Family: He has four children with four different women: Emily Cinnamon, Mía Ener, María Fernanda and Saúl Adiel.

Canelo Álvarez Biography

In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the outskirts of Guadalajara , Jalisco , but his family is originally from Los Reyes, Michoacán .

At the age of five, her family moved to their current home in Juanacatlán , Jalisco. 

Growing up on his family’s farm, he learned to ride a horse , which he continues to this day.  Álvarez is the youngest of eight siblings, seven of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers.

His brothers include welterweight boxers Ramón Álvarez, Ricardo Álvarez, and former WBA Interim World Champion Rigoberto Álvarez.

Canelo in Spanish is the masculine word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname for red-haired people. 

His mother, Ana María, is also red-haired. In Mexico, it is common for people to associate red hair with the Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico in the San Patricio Battalion during the Mexican–American War. 

Speaking of his ancestry, Álvarez once said, “There could have been an Irish grandfather somewhere in my past.” He was bullied at a young age when he would be called “Jícama con Chile”, which translates to jicama with chili flakes, a popular snack in Mexico.

Canelo Álvarez Career

Álvarez turned pro at age 15, shortly after his championship at the Junior Nationals, because his coaches at the time, the father-and-son team Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, were unable to find suitable junior opponents for him. 

In his first 19 months as a pro, he knocked out eleven of his 13 documented opponents, all of whom were significantly older. 

However, the older Reynoso stated in 2013 that Álvarez had fought ten more times in that span, winning all ten by knockout (KO), but that these fights (all at small venues in the Mexican state of Nayarit) were so poorly documented that It wasn’t worth trying to fix the registry.

His weight fluctuated in his three years as a pro, including two documented fights inside the 140-pound light welterweight limit before settling in the welterweight division at 147 pounds. 

Álvarez’s third official fight in his career was a win over future IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vázquez on January 20, 2006, in his hometown of Guadalajara, Jalisco. 

On June 28, 2008, Álvarez again defeated Vázquez in a rematch. He also made world history on that card when he and all six of his brothers fought on the same night, Canelo being the youngest.

The only downside was that three of them failed to win their professional debuts. The other four more experienced brothers won.

On March 6, 2010, he scored a crushing third-round KO over Brian Camechis in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. Álvarez then defeated José Cotto on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley undercard to retain his WBC-NABF Welterweight title.

His next fight took place on April 20, 2013, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas against Austin Trout

The fight was supposed to take place over the 5 may weekend as the co-main event of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero; however, due to a contractual disagreement between Álvarez and Mayweather regarding his possible fight on September 14, 2013, Álvarez opted to headline his own card. 

In front of 39,247 fans, Álvarez successfully defended his WBC light middleweight title and won the WBA (Regular) light middleweight titles and the vacant Ring title. During the early rounds, Trout seemed to have a good game plan. 

However, Alvarez’s power took over after the third round, and he finally scored a knockdown in the seventh round to give Trout the first knockdown of his career. Alvarez set up the knockdown with a left jab, followed by a straight right hand. 

The fight was closer than expected, but Alvarez still managed to dominate Trout throughout the fight with an impressive head movement and shocking power. 

The three judges’ scorecards were in Álvarez’s favor with a fair margin 115-112 from Philippine judge Rey Danseco, 116-111 from Texas judge Oren Shellenberger, and 118-109 from South African official Stanley Christodoulou.

Canelo Alvarez World Titles 
  • WBC World Super Welterweight Champion 
  • WBA World Super Welterweight Champion  
  • WBO World Super Welterweight Champion 
  • The Ring World Super Welterweight Champion 
  • Lineal World Super Welterweight Champion 
  • WBC World Middleweight Champion 
  • WBA World Middleweight Champion 
  • IBF World Middleweight Champion 
  • The Ring World Middleweight Champion 
  • Lineal World Middleweight Champion 
  • WBA World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • WBA World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • WBC World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • WBO World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • IBF World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • The Ring World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • Lineal World Super Middleweight Champion 
  • WBO World Light Heavyweight Champion 
Canelo Alvarez International Titles 
  • WBA Fedecentro Welterweight Champion 
  • NABF Welterweight Champion 
  • WBO Latino Welterweight Champion 
  • WBC World Junior Welterweight Champion 
  • WBC Super Welterweight Silver Champion 

Canelo Álvarez Vs Plant

Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez (56-1-2, 38 KO) returns to the ring for the third time so far in 2021 to put his WBA/WBC/WBO belts on the line when he takes on undefeated Caleb Plant (21- 0, 12 KOs).

His fight will determine the seventh undisputed champion in the era of the four belts and the first to achieve it at 168 pounds. ‘Canelo’, the only Mexican who at some point in his career has held three different belts in one division , would seek to be the sixth undisputed Mexican champion and the first in almost 50 years.

The word undisputed has several meanings. If we look at just the four major bodies in boxing, there have only been six in men’s boxing (Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford, Oleksandr Usyk, Teofimo Lopez and Josh Taylor). 

But, before the proliferation of organizations in boxing, there were lone champions, or at least they held all the titles in a division. If we use this definition, ‘Canelo’ Álvarez looks to be the sixth undisputed Mexican champion.

He will face the seventh undefeated champion of his career, remembering that his only loss against said rivals was against Floyd Mayweather Jr., losing by decision in 2013. Since that defeat, ‘Canelo’ has won each of his last five fights when there are titles in dispute.

The Mexican has been a different fighter since his meeting with Floyd Mayweather in 2013. He has won 14 of his 15 fights (14-0-1, 7 KOs) and became just the fourth Mexican to win a world title in four divisions ( Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce).

It will not be easy, since he will face a Caleb Plant who has won the four defenses he has made during his career (4-0, 2 KO’s) . Despite being a heavy-hitting boxer, six of the American’s last eight fights have ended in decision.

With 16 victories in world title fights, ‘Canelo’ is third on the list among Mexicans with the most victories.

The most impressive thing is that eight of those 16 victories were against an opponent who came into the fight wearing a world championship belt. No other Mexican has as many wins against defending champions, either as a challenger or in unification fights.

Canelo Álvarez Division

The Mexican is champion in four divisions, although for the most purists there are three. His first throne was achieved in the super welterweight, being also the youngest champion of that weight (20 years, 7 months and 15 days). 

He then moved up to middle and in his last fight he lifted the WBO light heavyweight after knocking out Kovalev . The point of contention is in the fight against Rocky Fielding, his first fight with DAZN . 

The Englishman was the WBA Regular super middleweight world champion. The WBA has three belts: super champion, regular and interim. Not all three are occupied in all categories, but the one with the highest rank is the super champion.

Callum Smith, Canelo’s rival, is the super middleweight champion and was at the time Álvarez faced Fielding. Thus, the Mexican won in a duel for an internship . 

At that point the different appreciations of the systems of the organisms that regulate boxing already enter. Without a doubt there was discord and now Canelo will try to put an end to that dispute: Smith is considered the king of 168 pounds , he is a WBA champion and as if that were not enough, the WBC also puts his belt on the line (it was vacant ). 

The controversy will end, if Canelo wins. No one can deny him that he is champion in four divisions.

Canelo Álvarez Children

Álvarez was engaged to Marisol González, who is Miss México Universo 2003 and a sports reporter for Televisa Deportes.  She has three daughters and one son, all with different mothers. 

In May 2021, Álvarez married his longtime partner, Fernanda Gómez, in a ceremony at the Guadalajara Cathedral in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

He is also a boxing promoter in Mexico. His company, Canelo Promotions, was established in 2010 and his business partners are his trainers, the father and son team Chepo and Eddy Reynoso. As of 2013, Canelo Promotions represented 40 boxers throughout Mexico.

Canelo Álvarez Net Worth

The Mexican Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is one of the figures in the world of sports that is currently earning the most money, this being a response to his incredible dominance in boxing during the last decade.

“Canelo” reached $140 million in estimated net worth for 2020 and is the fourth highest-paid from athletes in the world, behind only soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

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