Canelo Alvarez celebrates his 32nd birthday this July 18, at the highest point of his career, consolidated as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet and with the recognition as the winningest Mexican boxer of all time and a world boxing reference, which is why until May 6, he was considered the “rival to beat”, before being defeated by Dmitry Bivol.
Canelo Alvarez’s achievements
His career has been meteoric, extremely successful with an impressive record of 57 victories (37 of them by knockout), two draws and two defeats. In 17 years of careerhe has 61 fights, in which he has won world titles in four divisions:
– Super Welterweight: WBC, WBA, WBO, The Ring (lineal world championship).
– Middleweight: WBC, WBA, IBF, The Ring (lineal world championship).
– Super Middleweight: WBA (regular and super), WBC, WBO, WBO, IBF, The Ring (undisputed champion).
– Light Heavyweight: WBO.
He is the only Mexican boxer who has been proclaimed world champion in four different divisions, besides being the first undisputed Mexican champion in the super middleweight division (168 pounds).
In addition, he won the WBA Fedecentro Welterweight belt, the North American Boxing Federation belt, the WBO Latin Welterweight championship, the WBC Youth championship and the WBC Silver Super Welterweight belt.
Although he failed in his attempt to obtain his second WBA semi-complete belt, in possession of the Russian Dmitry Bivolwho defeated him resoundingly last May 6 in Las Vegas.
What are Canelo Alvarez’s origins?
Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco, he came from a humble birth to face and, almost always, defeat the best in the world in his different divisions: Miguel Angel Cotto, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Billy Joe Saunders, Rocky Fieldingamong others, such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. who took away his undefeated record on September 14, 2013.
He debuted as a professional on October 29, 2005, when he was just 15 years old, against Abraham Gonzalez, whom he defeated by technical knockout. “When I debuted I won 800 pesos and I didn’t care,” he stated about that occasion.
While in 2018, the boxer himself shared a video in memory of his beginnings in the profession and how as a child he sold popsicles.
Why does Saúl Alvarez have the nickname “Canelo”?
His original nickname was “Canelito” and is due to Jose “Chepo” Reynosofather of Eddy Reynoso, his current trainer, and refers to the reddish color of his hair. As he grew up and consolidated, he became “Canelo” (Cinnamon).
His older brother, Rigoberto, was the one who gave him his first gloves when he was 10 years old. This was the point at which he began a historic career in Mexican boxing.
In addition to a life with luxury cars, designer clothes and friendships with great figures in music and show business, one of his great weaknesses is fine cheeses, from anywhere in the world. In addition, he has recently become a passionate golfer.