Canelo Alvarez Explains How He Negotiated His Brother’s Release Days Before His World Title Fight

Published 05/01/2021, 6:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during 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 Al Bello/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez is one of the best active boxers in the world. The multi-weight world champion has shown his class for the last 15 years. The primary reason for his success has been his professionalism. And fans now have another example of his insane dedication to the sport.

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Alvarez has always been a family man. However, because of his success, he has had to keep his personal life a secret for most parts of his career. And the unified super-middleweight champion has shared a shocking incident that may explain his decision to keep his personal life private.

Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez prepares for his bout with Callum Smith before their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The 55-1-2 boxer spoke to Graham Bensinger on YouTube and shared a horrifying incident of his brother getting kidnapped days before his fight against Rocky Fielding. He said, “In 2018, the Monday before the fight… and I was always on the phone. I negotiated everything for his release. For three days I negotiated with those a**holes to get them to release him.”

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This showed the incredible stress Alvarez went through before his bout. He even recalled the struggle to keep it out of the news. “And on top of that, I had the fight on Saturday, and I had to do a thousand interviews and everything. And no one knew anything.”

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How did Canelo Alvarez fair in the fight?

This incident showed the incredible attitude of the champion. To deal with something like that while having to prepare for a fight was a testament to his superior mindset. So how did he get on in the ring after the frightening encounter?

After successfully negotiating for his brother’s release, the Mexican took center stage in Madison Square Garden to face Rocky Fielding for the WBA super-middleweight title. Alvarez showed his professionalism and did not let the events out of the ring deter him, even in the slightest.

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Dec 19, 2020; San Antonio, TX, USA; Canelo Alvarez (red trunks) celebrates after defeating Callum Smith (white trunks) during their WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine super middleweight championship bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Alvarez dismantled the Englishman in three rounds with a barrage of body shots and became the champion at super-middleweight. It appears as though the rage of the incident only spurred Alvarez on in the ring.

What do you make of this story about Canelo Alvarez and his brother?

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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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