Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (born 18 July 1990) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a four-division world champion. He has held the WBA, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles, and the WBA super middleweight title since 2018. As of November 2020, Canelo is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound.
About Canelo Álvarez in brief
Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (born 18 July 1990) is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a four-division world champion. He has held the WBA, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles, and the WBA super middleweight title since 2018. As of November 2020, Canelo is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec, The Ring, TBRB and ESPN. He started boxing when he was around 13 years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto debut as a professional boxer, in 2004. He became the 2005 Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, at the age of 15. He 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 pro, he knocked out eleven of his 13 documented opponents, all of whom were significantly older. In Mexico, it is common for people to associate red hair with the Irish soldiers who fought for Mexico in the Saint Patrick’s Battalion during the Mexican–American War. Canelo in Spanish is the masculine word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname for people with red hair. All of his brothers also became professional boxers. Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramón �álvarez, Ricardo Á LVarez and former WBA interim world champion, Rigober to ÁLVarez.
He also made his world history on that night, when he made all six of hisBrothers fight on the same card, with the youngest being Canelo. The only downside was that three of them failed to win their pro debuts that night. On March 6, 2010, he got a crushing 6-round KO over Brian Camechis under the undercard of Cotto vs. Cotto, then José Cotto then Cotto defeated him on the under card on March 8, 2010. In January 2006, he defeated future lightweight champion Miguel Vázquez in a rematch in his home town of Guadalajara, Jalisco. He then went on to win a rematch again in June 2008. His weight fluctuated in his three years as aProfessional including two documented fights within the light welterweights limit of 140 lbs before he settled in the welter weight division at 147 lbs. In 2013, he won the IBF middleweight and WBO light heavyweight titles in 2019. He once said, “There might have been an Irish grandfather somewhere back in my past.” He is known as an excellent counterpuncher, being able to exploit openings in his opponents’ guards while avoiding punches with head and body movement. He also is also known as a formidable body puncher. In an interview, he explained that his family is originally from Los Reyes, Michoacán, but his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlán, Jalco.