5 Things You Didn’t Know About Canelo Alvarez

Published 12/29/2020, 11:32 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. The pound-for-pound for best has proved time and again across multiple divisions why he is one of the best to ever step inside the boxing ring.

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He currently reigns as the undisputed unified WBA (Super), WBC, and Ring super middleweight champion of the world. He is also the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world. Needless to say, Canelo Alvarez will go down as one of the most dominant figures in the history of the sport.

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)

While so much is known about his boxing career, fight fans remain mostly eluded by Alvarez’s personal life. Here are five things you didn’t know about the Mexican legend.

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#5. Canelo Alvarez loved Horse Riding While Growing Up

The Mexican champion was born on the 18th of July, 1990 in the city of Jalisco in Mexico. He was the youngest of the 8 children in the family born to Santa Alvarez and Ana Maria Barragan.

Alvarez is a Mexican national with white ethnicity and Irish family roots and was raised in a middle-class family. While several of his brothers made their way to boxing, Canelo Alvarez had a huge interest in horse riding. However, little did the Alvarez family knew that young Canelo will go on to become one of the greatest of all time.

#4. He began training at the age of 13

Canelo Alvarez began training at the tender age of 13. The main reason why Alvarez completely involved himself in boxing was to answer his bullies.

Since his childhood, Alvarez was teased for his appearance and was a subject of bullying by his peers. In response, he started training in boxing under the father-son trainer duo of Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso and his son Eddy.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Gennady Golovkin punches Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on September 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Needless to say, it had a huge impact on his studies. However, his accolades in boxing grew as a young Alvarez toppled over fellow opponents of his weight class. In the process, he also secured a silver medal at the Junior Mexican National Championships.

#3. Canelo Alvarez turned pro at just 15 years

With nothing more to accomplish in the amateur circuit after grabbing the 2005 Junior Mexican National Boxing Championship, Alvarez turned professional in the same year.

Needless to say, he put up incredible performances one after the other and recorded 42 straight professional wins to his name. Alvarez’s sole career loss in the professional circuit came against arguably the greatest of all time, Floyd Mayweather, in September 2013.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 11: Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Canelo Alvarez hold a WBC super welterweight championship belt during the final news conference for their bout at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It was when Canelo was 15 that his mother and father got separated. Be that as it may, Canelo’s relationship with his mother grew apart.

#2. Canelo Alvarez’s journey after Floyd Mayweather loss

Despite the setback against Floyd Mayweather where Canelo lost the WBC and the Ring light-middleweight championship and failed to secure the unified WBO gold, Alvarez didn’t look back. Since then, he has picked up notable wins over Gennady Golovkin, Amir Khan, James Kirkland among others.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Alvarez’s most recent victory came against undefeated Callum Smith in December 2020 where he claimed the unified WBA super-middleweight championship.

#1. Canelo Alvarez and his dating history

Canelo Alvarez is currently not married. However, the Mexican boxer is currently in a relationship with Fernanda Gomez. While not much is known about their relationship, the couple started dating sometime in 2018.

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While he doesn’t have a kid with Gomez, Canelo is a father of three. He has two daughters and one son from another relationship. In the past, he has dated Nelda Sepulveda, Marisol Gonzalez, and Cynthia Rodriguez.

 

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Nikhil Chauhan

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I low-key like Dana White and his decisions, but that doesn't mean I am not a fan of super fights. Always up for a chat related to UFC, I am a passionate filmmaker.

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