Álvarez at Los Pinos in 2013
|Real name||Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||70 1⁄2 in (179 cm)|
July 18, 1990 |
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Wins by KO||32|
Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: [saˈul ˈalβaɾes]; born July 18, 1990), commonly known as "Canelo" Álvarez, 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 champion.
- 1 Beginnings
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Titles in boxing
- 6 Pay-per-view bouts
- 7 Personal life
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, but his family was at the time living in San Agustín de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. At the age of five, his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlán, Jalisco. Growing up on his family's farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today. Álvarez is the youngest of eight children, seven of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers. Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramón Álvarez, Ricardo Álvarez and former Interim WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Álvarez.
Álvarez started boxing at 13 years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto Álvarez'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.
Álvarez 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 Álvarez 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.
Álvarez' third official bout of his career was a win over the now current IBF Lightweight Champion, Miguel Vázquez on January 20, 2006, at his home town of Guadalajara, Jalisco. On June 28, 2008, Álvarez defeated Miguel Vázquez 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 Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Álvarez 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 Fernández Arena. During the post fight interview Mexican singer Vicente Fernández gave Álvarez 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 Álvarez declined to take the extra $12,000 from Baldomir. In the 6th round Alvarez landed a crushing blow that knocked Baldomir out cold. Álvarez is the only one to knock Baldomir out and is only the second boxer ever to stop Carlos Baldomir. Álvarez 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 119-109.
Light Middleweight title
On March 5, 2011, Álvarez defeated EBU Welterweight Champion Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision, for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight belt. The bout was televised on HBO and took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Alvarez was docked a point in the seventh round for hitting after the break. All three ringside judges scored the bout at 119-108 in favor of Alvarez. He lost 1 point for an illegal punch in the seventh round, which was uniformly scored 9-9. Alvarez landed 47% of his 626 punches, including 53% of his power shots, while Hatton connected with just 25% of his 546 total blows.
Álvarez successfully defended his newly awarded WBC Light Middleweight title against the Ring #4 ranked Super Welterweight and current EBU Light Middleweight Champion, Ryan Rhodes. Álvarez defeated Rhodes by a technical knockout victory in the twelfth round on June 18, 2011, in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
On 17 September 2011, Álvarez successfully defended his title with a TKO in Round 6 over The Contender competitor Alfonso Gomez at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, winning by technical knockout victory in the sixth round. Álvarez got a knockdown in Round 1, but there were a couple cautious rounds that left Gomez win the majority of the first five rounds. Álvarez was looking for one shot and got it in the sixth round. He backed up Gomez with a right hand and followed up with a flurry to get the referee to jump in and stop the fight.
Alvarez defeated Kermit Cintron in the 5th round by TKO. Alvarez spent the first three rounds feeling out Cintron, a former Welterweight Champion, before punishing the Puerto Rican with body shots and straight right hands in the fourth round. He knocked Cintron down once and had him in trouble at the end of the round, but Cintron was saved by the bell. In the fifth round, Cintron came out and caught Álvarez with some combinations, but Alvarez eventually overpowered him with several powerful straight right hands, and the referee stepped in and stopped it.
Richard Schaefer announced that Álvarez's next bout on May 5, 2012, on the undercard of Miguel Cotto's clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and co- featured, on Cinco De Mayo. On February 11, Shane Mosley was announced as Álvarez's next opponent on May for his WBC Light Middleweight title. Alvarez defeated Mosley after 12 rounds via unanimous decision.
Álvarez was originally set to fight Ring Top 10 Super Welterweight, and former Welterweight Champion, Paul Williams on September 15, 2012. However, on May 27, 2012, a motorcycle accident in the U.S. state of Georgia paralyzed Williams from the waist down, ending his boxing career. Álvarez's possible opponents for his September bout were James Kirkland, Austin Trout, Delvin Rodriguez and most notably, Victor Ortiz.
Álvarez was scheduled to defend his title against former welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz in the main event of a Showtime PPV card dubbed "Knockout Kings" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. However, Ortiz was unable to defeat underdog Josesito Lopez in what was supposed to be a "tune-up" fight on June 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, losing due to referee stoppage (broken jaw) and cancelling his bout with Alvarez.
Due to this upset, Lopez was penciled in to face Canelo at the MGM Grand on the September 15th date, to challenge for Saul's WBC Light Middleweight title. Alvarez won the fight via fifth round technical knockout after dominating Lopez from start to finish to stay undefeated and increase his record of 41-0.
Álvarez vs. Trout
His next fight took place on April 20, 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was supposed to take place during Cinco de Mayo weekend as the co-main event of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout against Robert Guerrero; however, due to a contract disagreement between Alvarez and Mayweather regarding their potential fight on September 14, 2013, Alvarez opted to headline his own card. Alvarez successfully defended his WBC Light Middleweight title and won the WBA & the vacant The Ring Magazine Light Middleweight title.
During the first rounds, Trout seemed to have a good game plan. However, Alvarez's power took over after the third round, eventually scoring a knockdown in the seventh round to give Trout the first knockdown of his career. Alvarez set up the knockdown with a pawing left jab, followed by the straight right hand. The fight was closer than expected, but Alvarez still managed to dominate Trout throughout the fight with impressive head movement and shocking power. All three judges scorecards were in favor of Alvarez with a fair margin (115-112, 116-111 and 118-109).[Video 1] Although the last score card (118-109) created controversy, the majority of sport analysts had Alvarez winning by at least 2 points. Immediately after the bout, Trout stated that he hadn't underestimated Alvarez but that he trained to fight a completely different fighter.
Álvarez vs. Mayweather
Álvarez, The Ring Magazine's no. 1 rated Light Middleweight and unified WBC/WBA "regular" Light Middleweight Champion, fought against The Ring Magazine's no. 1 pound for pound fighter, WBA super welterweight champion and WBC/The Ring Magazine Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr., on September 14, 2013.
Mayweather holds a world title at welterweight (147 pounds), but he also still owns a junior middleweight title (154), which he won by outpointing Miguel Cotto in May 2012. And he is moving back up in weight to face Alvarez with their belts on the line, although the fight was contested at a catchweight of 152 pounds. The titles disputed were Alvarez's WBC, WBA "regular" & The Ring Light Middleweight titles, and Mayweather's WBA "super" Light Middleweight title.
Mayweather defeated Alvarez by majority twelve round decision. In a fight that many thought was going to be Floyd Mayweather's toughest, he outclassed the younger Alvarez. Many observers at ringside thought Mayweather won all twelve rounds.
Catchweight fights at 155lbs
Álvarez vs Angulo
Álvarez fought Alfredo Angulo on March 8, 2014. Álvarez came out strong, throwing combinations. In a fairly lopsided beating, Álvarez scored a tenth round stoppage over Angulo punctuated by a lead left uppercut.
Álvarez vs Lara
Álvarez fought Erislandy Lara on July 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand in a non-title match. Lara's WBA light middleweight title was not on the line as the fight took place at a 155-pound catchweight, and both fighters weighed in at precisely 155 pounds. Álvarez rehydrated to 171 pounds while Lara came into the ring at 166 pounds. In a very close and competitive fight that went to a split decision, Álvarez came out on top with the two judges scoring 115–113 in favor of each fighter and the final judge scoring 117–111 in favor of Álvarez. The final scorecard was controversial as many observers considered it far too wide. According to CompuBox, Lara landed 55 jabs to nine from Álvarez, who landed the jab at a five percent connect rate. Álvarez managed to land 88 power punches while Lara landed 53 power punches. Lara's clean punching along with his defense and movement were weighed against Álvarez's somewhat effective aggressiveness. Lara came out in dominant fashion, utilizing a stick-and-move style and capturing the early rounds. Álvarez was later able to hammer away to the body when he had Lara on the ropes but never adjusted to Lara's one-two combinations. Lara's lead hand played a huge role in this combination's effectiveness, but his output dropped in the middle rounds. Álvarez was able to cut Lara with a lead left uppercut in the seventh round. Although the decision remains controversial, any talk of a rematch in the future was dismissed by Oscar De La Hoya who went on to say, "No one wants a rematch."
Álvarez vs Kirkland
On May 9, 2015, Alvarez defeated James Kirkland in a non-title super welterweight bout at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas via third round knockout. Kirkland came out aggressively, but Alvarez wobbled him and scored a knockdown via straight right hand in round one. In the third round, a counter right uppercut sent Kirkland to the canvas. Alvarez ended the fight with a jab to the body quickly followed by the right hand, creating the knockout. The fight took place at a catchweight of 155lbs.
Álvarez vs Cotto
Professional boxing record
|48 fights, 46 wins (32 knockouts), 1 loss, 1 draw|
|49||N/A||N/A||Amir Khan||N/A||– (12)||May 7, 2016||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Defending WBC middleweight title; catchweight at 155 lbs|
|48||Win||46–1–1||Miguel Cotto||UD||12||Nov 21, 2015||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Won lineal, The Ring and vacant WBC middleweight titles|
|47||Win||45–1–1||James Kirkland||KO||3 (12), 2:11||May 9, 2015||Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, US|
|46||Win||44–1–1||Erislandy Lara||SD||12||Jul 12, 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|45||Win||43–1–1||Alfredo Angulo||TKO||10 (12), 0:44||Mar 8, 2014||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|44||Loss||42–1–1||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||MD||12||Sep 14, 2013||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Lost WBC and The Ring light middleweight titles
For WBA (Super) light middleweight title
|43||Win||42–0–1||Austin Trout||UD||12||Apr 20, 2013||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, US||Retained WBC light middleweight title
Won WBA (Regular) and The Ring light middleweight titles
|42||Win||41–0–1||Josesito López||TKO||5 (12), 2:55||Sep 15, 2012||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Retained WBC light middleweight title|
|41||Win||40–0–1||Shane Mosley||UD||12||May 5, 2012||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Retained WBC light middleweight title|
|40||Win||39–0–1||Kermit Cintrón||TKO||5 (12), 2:53||Nov 26, 2011||Plaza México, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBC light middleweight title|
|39||Win||38–0–1||Alfonso Gómez||TKO||6 (12), 2:36||Sep 27, 2011||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, US||Retained WBC light middleweight title|
|38||Win||37–0–1||Ryan Rhodes||TKO||12 (12), 0:48||Jun 18, 2011||Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||Retained WBC light middleweight title|
|37||Win||36–0–1||Matthew Hatton||UD||12||Mar 5, 2011||Honda Center, Anaheim, California, US||Won vacant WBC light middleweight title|
|36||Win||35–0–1||Lovemore N'dou||UD||12||Dec 4, 2010||Estadio Universitario Beto Ávila, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico||Retained WBC Silver light middleweight title|
|35||Win||34–0–1||Carlos Baldomir||KO||6 (10), 2:58||Sep 18, 2010||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, US||Retained WBC Silver light middleweight title|
|34||Win||33–0–1||Luciano Leonel Cuello||TKO||6 (12), 1:23||Jul 10, 2010||Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||Won WBC Silver light middleweight title|
|33||Win||32–0–1||José Cotto||TKO||9 (10), 2:51||May 1, 2010||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, US||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|32||Win||31–0–1||Brian Camechis||KO||3 (12), 0:23||Mar 6, 2010||Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|31||Win||30–0–1||Lanardo Tyner||UD||12||Dec 5, 2009||Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|30||Win||29–0–1||Carlos Leonardo Herrera||TKO||1 (10), 2:46||Sep 15, 2009||Auditorio Siglo XXI, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico||Retained WBC Youth welterweight title|
|29||Win||28–0–1||Marat Khuzeev||KO||2 (10), 2:33||Aug 8, 2009||Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico||Won WBC Youth welterweight title|
|28||Win||27–0–1||Jefferson Gonçalo||KO||9 (12), 1:54||Jun 6, 2009||Xcaret Park, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|27||Win||26–0–1||Michel Rosales||TKO||10 (12), 2:53||Apr 11, 2009||Gimnasio Niños Héroes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico||Retained NABF welterweight title|
|26||Win||25–0–1||Euri Gonzalez||TKO||11 (12), 1:36||Feb 21, 2009||Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico||Retained NABF and WBO Latino welterweight titles|
|25||Win||24–0–1||Antonio Fitch||TKO||1 (12), 1:52||Jan 17, 2009||Foro Scotiabank, Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico||Won NABF and WBO Latino welterweight titles|
|24||Win||23–0–1||Raúl Pinzón||TKO||1 (12), 2:30||Dec 5, 2008||Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, US||Retained WBA Fedecentro welterweight title|
|23||Win||22–0–1||Larry Mosley||UD||10||Oct 24, 2008||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, US|
|22||Win||21–0–1||Carlos Adan Jerez||UD||10||Aug 2, 2008||Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico||Retained WBA Fedecentro welterweight title|
|21||Win||20–0–1||Miguel Vázquez||UD||10||Jun 28, 2008||Palenque Calle 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico|
|20||Win||19–0–1||Francisco Villanueva||UD||10||Jun 6, 2008||Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico|
|19||Win||18–0–1||Gabriel Martinez||RTD||10 (12), 0:10||Apr 18, 2008||Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, Mexico||Won WBA Fedecentro welterweight title|
|18||Win||17–0–1||Francisco Villanueva||TKO||9 (12), 2:32||Mar 14, 2008||Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||Retained Jalisco State welterweight title|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Axel Rodrigo Solis||KO||1 (8)||Feb 22, 2008||Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, State of Mexico, Mexico|
|16||Win||15–0–1||Sean Holley||TKO||2 (10)||Dec 15, 2007||Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|15||Win||14–0–1||Ricardo Cano||UD||12||Aug 31, 2007||Coliseo Olímpico, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico||Won Jalisco State welterweight title|
|14||Win||13–0–1||Christian Solano||UD||10||Aug 18, 2007||Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Jesus Hernandez||TKO||2 (10)||Jun 1, 2007||Casino de los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Victor Marquez||KO||4 (10), 1:48||May 19, 2007||Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Ivan Illescas||KO||4 (10), 2:40||Mar 30, 2007||Arena-Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Javier Martinez||TKO||8 (10)||Mar 2, 2007||Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Daniel Martinez||KO||2 (8)||Dec 8, 2006||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Francisco Villanueva||KO||5 (6), 1:20||Sep 29, 2006||Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Cristian Hernandez||KO||2 (6)||Sep 15, 2006||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Juan Hernandez||KO||2 (6)||Jul 21, 2006||Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|5||Draw||4–0–1||Jorge Juarez||SD||4||Jun 17, 2006||Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico|
|4||Win||4–0||Pedro Lopez||KO||1 (4)||Feb 10, 2006||Men's Club, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|3||Win||3–0||Miguel Vázquez||UD||4||Jan 20, 2006||Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico|
|2||Win||2–0||Pablo Alvarado||KO||2 (4), 2:25||Nov 26, 2005||Arena Chololo Larios, Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Abraham Gonzalez||TKO||4 (4), 0:18||Oct 29, 2005||Arena Chololo Larios, Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
- WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBA Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBC Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- Jalisco State Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBA Fedecentro Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- NABF Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBO Latino Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Youth Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Silver Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- The Ring Magazine Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- The Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- Lineal Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
September 13, 2013
|Mayweather vs. Canelo||The One||2,200,000||Showtime|
March 8, 2014
|Canelo vs. Angulo||Toe to Toe||350,000|
July 12, 2014
|Canelo vs. Lara||Honor and Glory||300,000|
November 21, 2015
|Cotto vs. Canelo||Cotto–Canelo||900,000||HBO|
Álvarez was engaged to 30-year-old Marisol González, who is Miss Mexico Universe 2003 and a sports reporter for Televisa Deportes. He has one daughter that he had with a former girlfriend.
- Notable boxing families
- List of Mexican boxing world champions
- List of WBC world champions
- List of super welterweight boxing champions
- List of current world boxing champions
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Title last held byManny Pacquiao
|WBC Super Welterweight Champion
March 5, 2011 – September 14, 2013
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Title last held byWinky Wright
|The Ring Junior Middleweight Champion
April 20, 2013 – September 14, 2013
|WBA Super Welterweight Champion
April 20, 2013 – September 14, 2013
Unified by Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Title last held byMiguel Cotto
|WBC Middleweight Champion
November 21, 2015 – present
|The Ring Middleweight Champion
November 21, 2015 – present