Canelo Alvarez:- The Roots and Story of His Nationality

Published 02/23/2021, 11:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez, often referred to as the P4P king, is a global superstar, and his stardom goes beyond the boundaries of the squared circle. The four-division world champion has been boxing at a professional stage since 2005. At 30, he already has a legendary resume. 54 wins, 1 loss, and 2 draws- that’s what Alvarez has under his belt, and he still has several more years to come in his boxing career.

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While fans prefer to keep a tab on his lifestyle, not many people are aware of Alvarez’s nationality. It isn’t a secret for the hardcore fans but not everyone knows Canelo Alvarez’s home country.

Nicknamed ‘Canelo’, Saul Alvarez is a Mexican. Since birth to this day, Canelo Alvarez has resided in his home country and is arguably the biggest Mexican boxing superstar today. He was born on July 18, 1990, at Guadalajara in Mexico and spent a brief period over there.

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However, Canelo and his family move to Juanacatlan later when the boxer was a teenager. Having spent all his life in Mexico, Alvarez not only loves his country but is also a prime reason for bringing his nation to the global stage.

Meanwhile, there’s an interesting tale on how Canelo earned his nickname and his Mexican roots have a pivotal role to play in it.

Canelo Alvarez – The Golden Boy inside and outside the ring

A young Alvarez paved his way to Eddy Reynoso’s stable with the dream to become a world champion. But the little boy looked different from all the other Mexicans. Despite hailing from a worn-torn area, Alvarez had a bright face, red hair, and a charismatic personality.

So trainer Eddy Reynoso billed him as ‘Canelito’, which means ‘little cinnamon’ in Mexican. Later, Canelito became Canelo, and that’s how the world knows him today.

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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)

Apart from his impeccable in-ring achievements, Alvarez also gave several endorsements and lucrative sponsorships. He is a true showman and one of the biggest cash cows in the sport. There’s no denying that once his career is over, Alvarez will make it to the Hall of Fame list.

Do you think Canelo Alvarez is already a boxing legend?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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