Many boxers come and go, but some are determined and consistent and make their name rise higher than others. One of them is Canelo Alvarez.
He is one of the best boxers alive. The fighter has won multiple world championships in different weight classes in the boxing world.
Additionally, he is also the unified super middleweight champion of the World.
Canelo is widely famous for his defensive and counter-style of boxing. He waits for his opponent to go on him, and then he evades it and strikes back harder.
Asides from his counterattacking strategy, Canelo is also a decent body puncher. He hits hard and exploits his opponents, and slowly tires them out.
Moreover, Canelo was announced as the world’s number one active pound-for-pound boxer by BoxRec, TbRB, and The ring.
let’s look at some quick facts about Canelo Alvarez:
|Full name||Santos Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez Barragán|
|Date of birth||18 July 1990|
|Age||31 years old|
|Birthplace||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Mother name||Ana Maria Barragan|
|Father name||Santos Alvarez|
|Height||5 ft 9 inches|
|Children||4; Emily Cinnamon Alvarez, Mia Ener Alvarez, Saul Adiel Alvarez, Maria Fernanda Alvarez|
|Eye color||Reddish Brown|
|Hair color||Reddish Brown|
|Net Worth||$140 million|
|Siblings||Brothers, 6; Rigoberto Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez, Victor Alvarez, Daniel Alvarez, Gonzalo Alvarez, Ramon Alvarez
Sister, 1; Ana Elda Alvarez
|Reach||175 cm/ 1.75 m|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
|Merch||T-Shirt, Tracksuit Sets, Hat|
|Last Update||July, 2022|
Canelo Alvarez: Age, Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Canelo is currently 31 years old.
The Mexican boxer stands tall at 5 feet and 9 inches.
Similarly, he weighs around 76 kilograms.
He has a reach of 175 cm, and he uses it well in terms of slipping under and counter-punching his opponents.
As a formidable boxer, it is self-evident that Canelo has a very athletic and fit body. The boxer tries to keep himself in top shape.
Alvarez’s body measurements are 41 inches wide chest, 31 inches waist, and 15 inches wide biceps.
He has a pretty muscular body, and despite being a bit small compared to other boxers in his division, he stands out the most.
Furthermore, Canelo has reddish-brown hair with brown pair of eyes.
Canelo Alvarez: Nationality, Ethnicity, and Horoscope
Alvarez is Mexican by nationality as he was born and raised in Mexico.
Similarly, he belongs to the Spanish ethnicity.
Moving onto his horoscope, he falls on the cancer star sign.
Alvarez is also a Christian by religion.
Canelo Alvarez: Early Life
Parents and Siblings
Santos Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez Barragán was born on 18th of July in 1990. He was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco to his parents Santos Alvarez (father) and Ana Maria Barragan (mother).
He was born on the outskirts of Guadalajara, but in an interview, he said that the fighter’s family was originally from Los Reyes, Michoacán.
His father owned a big farm, and Canelo learned how to ride a horse. He loved horse riding and continues to do it today.
Alvarez grew up in a packed family as he had six older brothers and one sister along with him.
Alvarez was the youngest of them all.
All of Canelo’s brothers are professional boxers as well.
They were all athletic since their early days, and all the younger brothers, including Canelo, were inspired by their older brother Rigoberto Alvarez to take up boxing.
Childhood and education
Canelo enjoyed his childhood learning boxing and doing horseback riding, but there was a time when his friends bullied him.
Other children would call and tease him with the name “Jícama con Chile” which translated to Mexican turnip with Chilli flakes. That was a trendy snack in Mexico.
Growing up alongside many brothers, he looked up to his oldest brother. When Rigoberto debuted in the professional boxing ring, Canelo wanted to follow in his footsteps, and he did so.
Canelo got in the ring for the first time when he was 13 and practiced hard to be as good as his brother.
After starting boxing, Canelo realized that he was extremely enjoying it, and he was good at it as well. That is when he decided to start doing it for a living.
His Amateur records were bonkers. Out of his 46 amateur matches, he had won 44 and just lost 2.
Out of the 44 wins, 12 of them were knockout wins.
During his amateur days, in Junior Mexican National Championships, the champion won the silver medal in 2004. But being second was not acceptable for him, so he tried again the next year.
Next year, the fighter won the Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion.
Moving onto his educational background, unfortunately, the champion has not disclosed any information.
Canelo Alvarez: Career
At the age of 15, Canelo decided to turn professional and compete in a bigger league than he was in at that moment.
After one and a half years of turning professional, Canelo had recorded 11 knockout wins in the 13 matches he participated in.
Despite his opponents being much bigger and older than him, he knocked them out cold.
The fighter started his career with a bang. In 2006, he faced Miguel Vázquez, who was one of the most renowned fighters at that time.
Canelo was the underdog, and many predicted that it would be a crushing win for Miguel Vázquez, but it was the opposite.
Alvarez emerged victoriously and shocked everyone. The pair had a rematch again in 2008, which ended in Canelo’s favor again.
Conquering the Light Middleweight Division
After getting into the light-middleweight division, Canelo was running rampant and knocking opponents left and right.
To put an end to this, Carlos Baldomir stepped up and announced that he would beat Alvarez and then face Mosley.
He taunted Canelo and tried to get in his head, but Canelo was calm and collected, and when the matchday came, Canelo knocked out Carlos Baldomir in the 6th round of the match.
After these wins, Alvarez continued to reign over the light-middleweight division, and he defended his WBC title and light middleweight title against several opponents.
Next came one of the most renowned boxers of all time, Shane Mosley.
The fight was announced to take place on 11 February 2012. Both of the fighters were preparing, and when the fight day came, Canelo was victorious.
It was an incredibly intense match, and both fighters showed the fullest extent of their skills in the ring.
The fight went complete 12 rounds, and consequently, Canelo won via Unanimous decision.
First loss of his Career
After all the build-up and hype behind Canelo, he was set to fight another hyped-up fighter, Floyd Mayweather.
The fight was set to take place in the MGM Garden in front of 16,746 people.
Both of the fighters were undefeated, and one was sure to lose and get their record tainted. Unfortunately, it was Canelo.
It was supposedly a controversial decision because one judge had 111-111, but the other two had relatively high numbers of 116–112 and 117-111.
Coming back stronger after the loss
After his loss against Floyd, Canelo was determined to come back stronger than ever, and he did so.
In 2014, the fighter was set to face Alfredo Angulo.
Alvarez came hard at Angulo, and in the tenth round, he landed a devastating uppercut on him, which resulted in the stoppage of the match, and Canelo won the fight.
Next year on November 21st of 2015, Alvarez fought against Miguel Cotto for the WBC, Ring, and lineal middleweight titles.
Canelo won the fight again via unanimous decision in front of a crowd of 11,274.
Next in line was Amir Khan, who was a British professional boxer. Amir was ready to go against Alvarez for the WBC, Ring, and lineal middleweight titles.
The fight was pretty dramatic. Khan maintained his distance for the first five rounds and played safe while slowly landing his punches.
But in the sixth round, Canelo came strong with a devastating right hand and knocked out Khan cold on the floor.
After these wins, Canelo kept mowing through his opponents and kept winning. He defeated the fighters like Gennady Golovkin, Chávez Jr., and Liam smith.
Canelo Alvarez against Caleb Plant
In November of 2021, Alvarez had a match against Plant under the middleweight title. However, the match was not the reason behind the popularity.
The pre-fight press conference was what stirred up the atmosphere. Before the actual fight, the two threw hands and a few profanities.
Caleb apparently, threw a few profanities against Alvarez which was interpreted as an insult to his mother which led to a brawl. However, all of this was eventually forgotten about after their actual match.
Recent Career and Stats
Around September of 2019, Canelo announced via his social media that he would be facing Sergey Kovalev in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo won the fight by knocking out Sergay in the 11th round. With this win, Canelo became the four-division world champion.
Next came Callum Smith and Avni Yıldırım. Both of them were defeated by Canelo. Against Callum, Canelo won via unanimous decision, and against Avin, he won via TKO.
The most recent fight in Canelo’s career is against Billy Joe Saunders.
Canelo Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders fought against each other on May 8th of 2021.
The fight was set to take place in AT&T Stadium in Texas, in front of 73,126 people.
Alvarez successfully defeated Billy and won via stoppage in the eighth round. Canelo hurt Saunders badly and broke his orbital bone.
Canelo currently has fought in a total of 59 fights.
Out of his 59 fights, he has won 56 of them and drawn in 2, and only lost one fight ever in his career.
He has a total of 38 wins just by knockouts.
Moreover, Canelo is ranked the number 1 active pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Canelo Alvarez: Wife and Kids
Canelo is currently happily married to his wife, Fernanda Gómez. But this wasn’t Canelo’s first love.
Alvarez had very rough relationships in his early years. He has dated many well-known celebrities, but none of them worked out.
Despite dating many celebrities, this was Canelo’s first marriage.
Moreover, his first well-known girlfriend was Karen Beltrán. She is a mother to Canelo’s oldest daughter Emily Alvarez.
The fighter’s second daughter Mia Ener Alvarez was born to a famous model Valeria Quiroz.
Next, he dated Nadia Sepulveda, who was also his business partner, and with her, Canelo had his third child and his first son Saul Adiel Alvarez.
And now, his youngest daughter is Maria Fernanda Alvarez, who was born to his current wife, Fernanda Gómez.
The couple first met in 2017, and they clicked with each other, and soon in 2019, they tied the knot.
Canelo Alvarez: Net Worth
Canelo has been in the ring since the age of 15, and he has been winning fight after fight while claiming titles.
His primary source of income is his boxing matches and endorsements, and he makes tons of wealth through it.
Canelo Alvarez is estimated to have the networth of $140 Million.
Canelo has made a considerable sum throughout his career, and recently, in his fight against Billy Joe Saunders, he reportedly made $15 Million.
Recently, Canelo also appeared on the Forbes list of most paid athletes in the world. He ranked number 30.
Canelo Alvarez: Social Media
Alvarez is available on the top three social media sites.
Firstly, he has 12.7 Million followers on Instagram.
Next, on his Twitter handle, he has around 1.9 Million followers.
Lastly, on his Facebook account, Alvarez has 5.3 Million followers.
The fighter is active on social media and keeps his fans updated. Similarly, he also announces some of his upcoming fights via his social media accounts.
What stance does Alvarez Use?
He fights in an Orthodox stance.
When was Canelo Alvarez’s last fight?
Alvarez closed off the year 2021 with his last match in November.
Is Canelo Alvarez vegeterian?
No, he is not. Moreover, his daily diet consists of chicken, fish, and steak.
Will there be a trilogy for Canelo vs. Golvikin?
Yes, it is a possibility, but no official statement has been made.
Why did Canelo Alvarez fight Avni Yildirim in February 2021?
Avin Yildirim was brought up as a mandatory challenger for Canelo by the WBC in the February 2021 fight. Many speculate the reason behind this could be the lack of fights for the past two years.
When is Canelo Alvarez’s next fight?
Canelo Alvarez has signed up for a match on the 7th of May 2022 against Dmitry Bivol.