Canelo Alvarez Career Losses: Who Has Beaten the Mexican Sensation?

Published 05/07/2021, 12:33 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the head of Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez is all set to face Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday. The two will face off after years of rumors linking them to a fight. As they prepare to bring fireworks to the ring, we look back and see who has beaten the P4P superstar.

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Despite being the heavy underdog going into the fight, Saunders is the one who is undefeated. So how many fights has Canelo Alvarez lost in his career, and who have those losses come against?

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Mexican has accumulated an incredible 55-1-2 record which shows his solitary defeat. This defeat came back in 2013 when a 23-year-old Alvarez took on legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather. Unfortunately for the Mexican, it was too soon a challenge, and he came up short.

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Mayweather outclassed the future multi-weight champion from the first round by using his superior movement. He then landed several powerful counters before knocking out the youngster in the seventh round. To this day, that is the only loss in Alvarez’s glittering career.

Canelo Alvarez almost lost to Gennady Golovkin

Since his defeat to Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez picked himself up and won several world titles. He even adapted his game to a similar style as that of Mayweather’s and worked on his defensive movement. However, there is still one more blemish on his near-perfect record.

The only other time fans felt Canelo Alvarez lost, was his first fight against Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. They met in 2017 and provided fans with a classic. However, Golovkin got the better of all the exchanges, and many felt he pipped Alvarez to the win. Despite this, the judges ruled it as a split decision draw.

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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)

As a result, the pair had a rematch in 2018, and this time Alvarez adopted a better strategy and beat the Kazakh. Despite the victory in the rematch, many critics still point to the first fight as a defeat for Alvarez.

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What do you make of these fights from Canelo Alvarez’s career? Do you think the Mexican took the Mayweather fight too early, and do you think he lost to Gennady Golovkin in the first fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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