5 Must Know Facts About Canelo Alvarez

Published 12/25/2020, 5:45 AM EST
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 27: Boxer Canelo Alvarez of Mexico trains for his upcoming fight against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, July 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Getty Images)

P4P king Canelo Alvarez might be the biggest name in the boxing world today. The Mexican-born-pugilist cemented his spot amongst the elites with an unprecedented form of dominance that saw him become the 4-division World Champion in a 15-year long professional ride.


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Aged 30, Alvarez is now the face of boxing and his superstardom goes beyond the limits of the squared circle. That said, Canelo Alvarez has had a life that is unknown to several fans. Before becoming a boxing legend, he faced some tough days.

While he thrives as the A-listed ‘Big Dog’ of the boxing yard, here’s a look at some facts about Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.


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Canelito to Canelo Alvarez

We know him as Canelo, but the world champion’s original name is Saul Alvarez. He adopted the nickname from his coach Eddy Reynoso.

Canelo comes from Canelito, which means little cinnamon in Mexican. Reynoso gave him the nickname for his flamboyant look. It is no surprise people mostly recall him as Canelo, while his real name has taken a backseat for the combat fans.


Beat It!! Michael Jackson

According to ABC News, Alvarez is a huge fan of ‘MJ’. The multi-division champion often listens to Jackson’s music during his training session.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Canelo Alvarez celebrates after his majority-decision win over Gennady Golovkin during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ is reported to be Alvarez’s favorite song. Before all his fights, the Mexican listens to the song and then makes his walk to the ring.

High School drop out

The renowned boxer was once bullied in high school. He also dropped out of his studies before turning his attention to boxing. Hailing from a war-torn region of Mexico, Alvarez faced several dark days. But he transitioned himself finely into a boxing superstar, amassing huge finances for himself and his family.

Family of boxers

Canelo Alvarez isn’t the only professional fighter from his family. He has six brothers and all of them are boxers.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Although Canelo might have reached the pinnacle of the sport, his family is similarly efficient in the game. It is no surprise why Alvarez turned out as one of the best in boxing.

Once the biggest asset of Golden Boy

Despite having differences and a shocking exit from Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez was once their biggest prodigy. The Oscar De La Hoya-led Golden Boy Promotions bagged huge numbers by setting up Alvarez’s fights.

INDIO, CA – MARCH 30: Ryan Garcia posing with Canelo Alvarez inside the ring after his win against Jose Lopez on March 30, 2019 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

Now Ryan Garcia seemingly holds Alvarez’s spot in the promotion. But he is still nowhere close to the 4-division world champion.


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Alvarez just became the WBA, WBC, and Ring super middleweight champion by outclassing Callum Smith in their recent face-off on December 19th.


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It seems like 2021 holds much more for the champion, and he appears ready for it. Whom do you think Canelo Alvarez will fight next?


Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.