Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan (born
July 18, 1990), commonly known as "Canelo" Alvarez, is a Mexican professional
boxer. He is the current lineal, The Ring, and WBC middleweight champion,
as well as a former WBC, WBA (Regular), and The Ring light middleweight
In an interview, Alvarez explained that he
was born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, but his family was at
the time living in San Agustin de Tlajomulco de Zuniga. At the age
of five, his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlan, Jalisco.
Growing up on his family's farm, he learned horseback riding, which
he continues today. Alvarez is the youngest of eight children, seven
of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers.
Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramon Alvarez, Ricardo
Alvarez and former interim WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Alvarez.
in Spanish is the masculine word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname
for people with red hair.
Alvarez started boxing
at 13 years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto Alvarez's
debut as a professional boxer. In 2004 he won the silver medal at
the Junior Mexican National championships, held in Sinaloa, He became
the 2005 Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion in Tuxtla Gutierrez,
Chiapas, at the age of 15. Canelo has an amateur record of 44-2.
Alvarez turned professional at 15, shortly after his championship
at the Junior Nationals, because his trainers at the time, father-and-son
team Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, were unable to find suitable junior opponents
for him. In his first 19 months as a professional, he knocked out
11 of his 13 documented opponents, all of whom were significantly
older. however, the elder Reynoso stated in 2013 that Alvarez had
fought 10 more times in that span, winning all 10 by knockout, but
that these fights (all in small venues in the Mexican state of Nayarit)
were so poorly documented that it was not worth the trouble to seek
to have the record corrected.
Alvarez' third official bout of
his career was a win over the now current IBF Lightweight Champion,
Miguel Vazquez on January 20, 2006, at his home town of Guadalajara,
Jalisco. On June 28, 2008, Alvarez defeated Miguel Vazquez again in
a rematch. He also made world history in that fight card when all
of his six brothers fought on the same night, Canelo being the youngest.
The only downside was that three of them failed to win their pro debuts.
The other four more experienced brothers won. On March 6, 2010, he
got a crushing third round knockout over Brian Camechis in Tuxtla
Gutierrez, Chiapas. Alvarez defeated Jose Miguel Cotto on May 1, 2010,
on the Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley undercard in the MGM Grand
Garden Arena on HBO PPV to retain his NABF Welterweight title.
His sixth round TKO win over Luciano Leonel Cuello for
the WBC Silver Light Middleweight bout was held in the Vicente Fernandez
Arena. During the post fight interview Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez
gave Alvarez a horse. He was also given a horse by the mayor of Tepic,
where Alvarez sometimes trains.
He next fought against the former
WBC Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir at the Staples Center in
Los Angeles, California, on the Shane Mosley vs Sergio Mora undercard.
Baldomir stated in a pre-fight interview that he wants the winner
of Mora vs Mosley, as he said "after I knock out El Canelo." Baldomir
weighed in at 153.4 pounds for the bout, that was contracted for 151
pounds. In California, if a fighter is overweight he is penalized
20 percent of his purse and that percent is given to the other fighter.
However Alvarez declined to take the extra $12,000 from Baldomir.
In the 6th round Alvarez landed a crushing blow that knocked Baldomir
out cold. Alvarez is the only one to knock Baldomir out and is only
the second boxer ever to stop Carlos Baldomir. Alvarez successfully
defended his Light Middleweight title unanimously versus former world
champion Lovemore N'dou in Veracruz. It was a competitive fight despite
the wide margins on the official scorecards of 120-108 (twice) and