Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan (born July 18, 1990, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico), also known as El Canelo, is an undefeated Mexican professional boxer in thelight middleweight division. He is the current WBC Light Middleweight Champion. He is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the city of Guadalajara, but his family was at the time living in San Agustín de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, part of Guadalajara’s metropolitan area. At the age of five his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlán,. Growing up on his family’s farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today. His father and all of his brothers have dark hair. Like his mother Ana María, Álvarez is a redhead. His brothers are welterweight boxers Ramon Álvarez, Ricardo Álvarez and former Interim WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Álvarez.
Álvarez was engaged to 27-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.
Álvarez has red hair and due to this he was given the nickname El Canelo (from the Spanish word “canela”, which means cinnamon). His trainer Jose “Chepo” Reynoso gave Álvarez his nickname, first in the diminutive form “El Canelito”, when he was thirteen years old.
Canelo was sponsored by Prima up until 2012. Since then he has been the new face for Under Armour.
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, Mexico at the age of 15. Even though Álvarez turned pro young he had 20 amateur bouts.
Álvarez’ third 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 Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Álvarez defeated Jose Miguel Cotto in his first appearance on American soil 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.
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