Canelo Alvarez

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36 KOs
middleweight

At the age of 30, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico's Canelo Alvarez has conquered the boxing world, captivating fans both in Mexico and around the globe with his action-packed fighting style, charisma and willingness to take on the toughest challenges.

Fighter Stats

Height: 5' 9"
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Age: 30
Birthplace: Guadalajara, MX
Hometown: Guadalajara, MX
Stance: Orthodox
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Fighter Biography

With his red hair and freckles, baby-faced Canelo Alvarez may not appear to be your typical Mexican warrior. However, one look at him in the ring makes it clear that this hard-hitting four- division world champion is following firmly in the footsteps of Mexican greats such as Ruben “El Puas” Olivares, Salvador Sanchez, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Marco Antonio “The Baby Faced Assassin” Barrera and Erik “El Terrible” Morales. This makes him not only one of the most popular young fighters in his home country, but one in demand around the entire Hispanic and Latino fight community.

In January of 2010, Canelo signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, kicking off a relationship that has taken him to the highest levels of the sport.

He defended his NABF title with a third-round knockout of Brian Camechis in March of 2010, halted highly-ranked contender Jose Miguel Cotto in nine rounds in May of that year and stopped 26-1 Luciano Cuello in six rounds for the vacant WBC silver junior middleweight title on July 10.

On September 18, 2010, Canelo returned to the ring at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center and became only the second man to ever knock out former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir as he finished him in the sixth round. Canelo finished off his breakout year on December 4 with a 12-round unanimous decision win over Lovemore N’dou.

On March 5, Canelo had his first bout of 2011. He was in top-notch form as he accomplished his dream of becoming a world champion by winning the vacant WBC junior middleweight title with a near shutout victory against British contender Matthew Hatton.

Canelo defended his crown for the first time on June 18 against another battlin’ Brit, Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes. He ended the exciting bout in style, halting the longtime contender in the 12th round of a bout in Mexico that captivated the nation and set viewing records across the country.
The next stop on Canelo’s amazing ride took place on September 17, when he stopped Alfonso Gomez in six rounds. He then closed out 2011 with a fifth-round stoppage of former world champion Kermit Cintron.

On May 5, 2012, Canelo defended his belt for the fourth time when he faced future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley as part of the “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view telecast. Even though the fight lasted 12 rounds, the popular Mexican showed the aging veteran the road to retirement, winning via unanimous decision. Once again, young Alvarez made his country proud while continuing his rise to stardom.

The victory over Mosley set up a September 15 showdown with breakout star Josesito Lopez, and despite Lopez’ game effort, Alvarez’ power and strength were too much as he knocked his opponent down three times before ending the bout with a fifth round TKO.

Next, boxing’s most popular phenom continued on the path to superstardom with a 12 round unanimous decision over WBA champion Austin Trout on May 4, 2013 in front of over 39,000
fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The win proved Alvarez’ supremacy at 154 pounds and also made it clear that he was a bonafide ticket seller wherever he decided to fight.
Now the only thing left for Alvarez to prove is his place on the pound-for-pound list, and on September 14, 2013, against the man on top of that list – Floyd Mayweather – he gave a stellar effort before falling short of victory for the first time via 12-round majority decision.

On March 8, 2014, Alvarez returned to the ring with a 10th-round technical knockout win over fellow Mexican warrior Alfredo Angulo at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and the Fight Capital of the World was also the site for Canelo’s second win of that year, as he won a hard-fought split decision over Cuba’s Erislandy Lara in July.

Returning to battle on May 9, 2015, Alvarez delivered one of the most impressive performances of his career against one of his most dangerous foes, as he knocked out Texas slugger James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland in the third round. Later that year on November 21, 2015, Alvarez took yet another impressive step in his career when he scored a 12-round unanimous decision victory against Miguel Cotto to win the lineal, Ring, and WBC Middleweight titles.

In the following year on May 7, 2016, Alvarez defended his titles against the quick-handed Amir Khan with a spectacular sixth-round one-punch knockout that earned him the Knockout of the Year. On September 17, 2016, Canelo returned to the junior middleweight division to take on Liam “Beefy” Smith to win the WBO title.

On May 6, 2017, in a highly anticipated matchup between two of Mexico’s brightest stars, Canelo scored an impressive and dominant 12-round unanimous decision against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in a huge pay-per-view event.

Immediately after the fight, with sweat still dripping from his victory, Alvarez announced his following opponent: WBC, WBA, IBF and IBO Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Canelo fought to a controversial split draw in September 2017 what was the biggest boxing event of the year.

A year later in September 2018, Canelo erased all doubts by defeating Golovkin via majority decision to become the WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion.

Canelo and Golden Boy Promotions then signed a historic partnership with DAZN, which kicked off on Dec. 15, 2018 when he made history by becoming a three-division world champion against Rocky Fielding in his New York City debut at Madison Square Garden.

On May 4, 2019, Canelo kept his name in the history books by defeating IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs by unanimous decision. Canelo took home his third major middleweight title.

In November 2019, Canelo became the fourth fighter in boxing history to win titles at 154lbs and 175lbs by stopping Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round to capture the WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship. This win secured Canelo’s place in history by joining a short list of Mexican boxers to win a world title in four weight classes.

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