Canelo Alvarez Nationality: Is He Part-Irish?

Published 11/01/2021, 11:55 PM EDT
May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Canelo Alvarez is the P4P king of boxing. Astonishingly, he started his career way back when he was 15 years old, knocking out grown men. Since then, he has evolved into a complete fighter and is on the verge of making history. The Mexican champion ducks and weaves in the ring, with his trademark ginger hair and freckles; A look often associated with the Irish.

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Ahead of his historic bout, let’s take a look at the red-headed pugilist’s nationality.

Where is Canelo Alvarez from?

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Canelo Alvarez is a proud Mexican fighter. He represents Guadalajara in Mexico, a country known for its history of producing fierce boxing warriors, among which, Canelo is probably the most successful. However, nothing about the pale ginger with freckles screams out ‘Mexican’. In fact, many could, and even have mistaken him for being Irish.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

According to family legend, an ancestor of Canelo fought in the St Patrick’s Brigade of Irish exiles for Mexico in the 1840s war against the United States. Canelo himself has admitted, “There might have been an Irish grandfather somewhere there in my past.” Another telling factor of his possible Irish ancestry is his name.

Canelo’s full name is Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan and according to the history of its name, the name Barragan is the Mexican spelling of an Irish name, Berrigan. Well, Canelo just might be part-Irish after all.

What language does Canelo Alvarez speak?

For the majority of his career, Canelo has been very professional and quiet during his press conferences and build-up to each fight. He would always speak in Spanish and have a translator alongside, during his press conferences; The Mexican hardly spoke any English. However, a lot has changed recently.

The P4P king started showing a different side to his fans. Recently, Canelo started speaking in English, cracking jokes, and having fun with the media. Fans are loving this new side of Canelo as they get to see his true personality. He seems more confident with the media, all thanks to his advances in learning the English language.

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Canelo Alvarez family

Alvarez has had a very eventful love life ever since he stepped into the spotlight as a teenager. Although he tied the knot shortly after winning the WBO title, he experienced the joys of parenthood much before. Canelo has 4 kids- three daughters, and one son, all from different mothers.

Canelo is currently married to Fernanda Gomez, the couple tied the knot earlier this year in a very private ceremony. Canelo’s children’s names are Emily Cinnamon Alvarez, Maria Fernanda Álvarez, Mia Ener Alvarez and a son Saul Adiel Alvarez. Canelo gave fans a very sweet glimpse into his personal life when he was asked about his wife in an interview.

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“I feel way different, I am a happy man, more than before.”

What is Canelo Alvarez’s net worth?

Canelo is one of the biggest fighters in the world of Boxing. He has earned millions of dollars in his career, spanning over 15 years. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Canelo is reportedly worth $140 million.

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What’s next for the Ginger from Mexico?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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