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