Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez Profile
|Born||Jul 18, 1990|
|Birthplace||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|Division||Middleweight Limit: 160 Pounds|
Having spent more than half his life as a professional, Canelo is firmly placed as boxing's Pound for Pound king and is cementing his legacy as one of the true Mexican greats.
Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is a Mexican professional boxer who is a four-division world champion and currently holds the WBA middleweight title. As of 2020, Canelo holds the lineal and Ring Magazine titles at 160-pounds as well as the WBA regular belt at super middleweight.
Starting his career at 15, Canelo has been in the sport for 15 years and is boxing's most lucrative active fighter having previously signed an 11-fight, $365million deal with DAZN - although he is now a free agent.
The name Canelo translates to for someone who has red or cinnamon hair in Spanish. His first fight on DAZN saw Canelo become a three-division world champion by beating England's Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden in 2018.
He then moved back down to unify the middleweight division against Daniel Jacobs on Cinco de Mayo weekend last year.
His most recent fight in November 2019 saw the 30-year-old become just the second Mexican fighter to win a world title at light heavyweight after knocking out Sergey Kovelev in spectacular fashion.
Known for his counterpunching and lethal body shots, Canelo won his first world title with victory over Matthew Hatton - younger brother of Ricky - in 2011 at junior middleweight.
Successful defences followed with his best win coming against "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Canelo outpointed Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto to win his second world title at middleweight and has since made three successful defences.
Canelo is trained by father-and-son Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, who are regarded by many as the best coaches in the world. Alongside him, up-and-coming prospect Ryan Garcia and former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. are part of the Reynoso stable.
Canelo's next fight
Canelo's most recent victory was against Callum Smith - a win which saw him unify the super middleweight division. The Mexican outpointed Smith via unanimous decision in arguably his best performance since turning pro to win the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles.
Canelo will fight Avni Yildirim next - an opponent who was defeated by Chris Eubank Jr. in 2017 -and WBC's mandatory challenger on February 27. Victory for Canelo will see him fight WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders next with terms agreed by both camps.
The greatest hits: Cotto, Mayweather and Khan
Canelo's resume is one of the most impressive in world boxing and it began with victory over the likes of Austin Trout and Mosley as he extended his unbeaten record to 43 bouts.
His first major test was against Floyd Mayweather in 2014. Billed as "The One", Mayweather challenged Canelo for the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine at 154-pounds in Las Vegas.
A 22-year-old Canelo would come up short against Mayweather, who provided a boxing masterclass to win on points. Despite a dominant performance, judge C. J. Ross scored the contest 114-114 which sparked universal criticism.
Mayweather took home a guaranteed purse of $44million while Canelo received a minimum of $5million. The fight itself generated $150million from 16,746 tickets sold and 2.2million pay-per-view buys in America.
Following his first defeat as a professional, Canelo's comeback trail included wins over Alfredo Angulo, Erislandy Lara, James Kirkland and Cotto to win the vacant WBC and Ring titles at 160-pounds.
His next super-fight saw him lined up against Britain's Amir Khan at a catchweight of 155-pounds in 2016. The announcement of the fight shocked the boxing fraternity with Khan's previous fight two divisions below at welterweight.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted the event and in doing so became the first sporting event to take place at the arena in its first year open.
Despite being outboxed and unable to deal with the speed of Khan in the opening four rounds, Canelo eventually closed Khan down and delivered one of the most sickening knockouts in recent times to end proceedings in round six.
The contest sold 600,000 PPVs in the United States on HBO.
A return to junior middleweight followed with a brutal win against another Briton in Liam Smith for the WBO strap before agreeing to face compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
The showdown took place on Cinco de Mayo weekend in 2017 at 164.5-pounds. With fears of Chavez's professional conduct, a clause was added into the contract for Chavez.
For every pound he weighed over the limit, he would be fined one million dollars. While the maverick Mexican hit the scales within the limit, he produced one of the most underwhelming performances boxing has ever seen.
All three judges scored it 120-108 in favour of Canelo in front of more than 20,000 unhappy fans in Nevada.
Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Golovkin rivalry
In 2017, the boxing world finally got the fight they wanted between Canelo and Gennadiy Golovkin on Mexican Independence Weekend.
Going into the battle, GGG had earned the reputation of being the hardest-hitting middleweight in the world and had made 17 successful defences as a world champion prior to fighting Canelo.
In front of a live sold-out crowd of 22, 358, Golovkin dominated the ring but was denied the chance of inflicting a second defeat to Canelo with the scorecards declaring it a split draw (113-115, 114-114, 118-110).
Judge Adalaide Byrd received huge criticism for her 118-110 scoring in favour of Canelo. It was deemed by many as a robbery.
The rematch would take place 12 months later despite initially being slated to take place in May 2018. The fight got postponed due to Canelo failing a drugs test.
He tested positive for clenbuterol and was suspended by the Nevada State of Commission for six months despite pleading his innocence.
The build-up was an intense affair with 9,000 fans attending the weigh-in to witness a brawl between both camps.
Controversy would follow the second encounter with Canelo claiming a majority decision victory in front of more than 21,000 fans. The rematch generated 1.1 million PPV buys in America - compared to 1.4 million buys for their first bout on HBO.
Their PPV sales were the first to exceed one million without Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. Despite both being open to a trilogy bout, the third instalment has never come to fruition.
However, with both fighters sharing a good relationship with DAZN, it is expected the pair could finally sit down and talk about a third bout in 2021.
How to watch Canelo Alvarez
Canelo is exclusive to DAZN in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain with another eight fights remaining on the most lucrative deal in boxing history.
In the UK, his last two fights have taken place on Sky Sports against Kovalev and Jacobs but prior to this, he has fought on BT Sport Box Office and BoxNation.
DAZN is intent on becoming a global force with the UK their next territory set to launch this year. Should DAZN UK launch, it would see British fans able to watch international cards from Golden Boy Promotions, Matchroom USA and GGG, who co-promotes himself alongside Eddie Hearn.
Canelo's net worth
Canelo's fortune is estimated at $140million according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Between June 2018 to June 2019, Canelo made around $95million in addition to lucrative purses from his fights against Khan, Golovkin, Mayweather, Cotto and Mosley which tallied up to $115million.
With a guarantee of $35million per fight at DAZN, Canelo is boxing's highest-paid fighter inside the ring. The Mexican superstar is also endorsed by brands such as Louis Vuitton and Everlast, which see him earn $2million a year, according to Forbes.
Canelo has three children: two daughters and a son from three relationships and was engaged to 2003 Miss Mexico Universe Marisol Gonzalez between 2010 to 2012.
His parents, Ana Maria Barragan and Santos Alvarez, were both farmers and divorced in 2003, the same year he made his professional debut at the age of 15.
Between 2010 to 2012, Canelo was engaged to his then-girlfriend Marisol Gonzalez. In 2013, he was linked with 2005 La Academia contestant Cynthia Rodriguez.
The boxer has also been spotted with Kate del Castillo, who was ringside for his fight against Mosley. Canelo has seven brothers and a sister.
All his brothers became professional boxers with three of them fighting at welterweight in Ramon Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez and Rigoberto Alvarez.
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