Canelo Alvarez: The Untold Story Behind His Fame and Riches

Published 02/13/2021, 1:09 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


P4P king Canelo Alvarez is a household name in the boxing community. Aged 30, he is already a superstar and holds one of the best resumes in the sport.

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In an active career of 15 years, Canelo Alvarez has become a world champion in 4 distinct divisions and boasts a record of 54 wins 1 loss and 2 draws.

However, not everyone knows the story behind his fame and glory. Having trudged through a troubled time during his teenage years, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez had to fight through many difficulties to reach where he is at today. That said, his life story can inspire anyone.

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Today, Canelo Alvarez is a cash cow of boxing with umpteen accolades under his belt. But once he was just a kid with dreams. Here’s the real story behind his success.

Canelo Alvarez- A boxer, a hero, a legend

Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan was born on 18 July 1990 in a middle-class family in Mexico. He was the youngest amongst his parents’ 8 children.

His father, Santo Alvarez, was a farmworker and his mother Anna Maria Barragan was a housewife. They often had to struggle for money, but Alvarez always had his family’s love. Meanwhile, a tragic divorce of his parent’s split their family when Alvarez was just 15.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 07: Canelo Alvarez (L) throws a left at Amir Khan during the WBC middleweight title fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

But Alvarez never lost his hope in life and began boxing at an early age. His brothers Ramon, Ricardo, and Rigoberto Alvarez became professional boxers alongside him. But Canelo became the best one from the mix.

He sheltered himself at Eddy Reynoso’s stable and earned the nickname ‘Canelo’. It is believed that Saul Alvarez was flamboyant and had red hair, which he got from his mother’s Irish roots. So Reynoso named him Canelo, which means little cinnamon in Mexican.

Alvarez’s life changed after he became a professional boxer. In a brief span, he showcased his prowess and became the face of the sport. Starting from his charisma to in-ring abilities, Alvarez had it all.

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He registered an unbeaten run of 43 professional fights before facing his maiden and only defeat against Floyd Mayweather in 2013. But he found his way back to glory with dominant wins ahead and beat elites like Sergey Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin, and Callum Smith amongst others.

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Canelo and his love life

According to childhood biography, Alvarez has dated several women. However, he often remains tight-lipped about his relationship status. His current marital status is unknown. Nevertheless, Alvarez is a loving father to two daughters and one son.

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Outside the boxing ring, Alvarez is a family man and appears humble. He has managed to remain out of controversies in his career and endures as an A-lister of the modern era.

How would you rate Canelo Alvarez’s greatness amongst the other champions?

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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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