Does Canelo Alvarez Speak English?

Published 02/17/2021, 6:30 PM EST
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)


P4P king Canelo Alvarez continues to carry forward the Mexican legacy in the sport of boxing. Hailing from the nation of boxers, Alvarez might be the greatest active Mexican in the ongoing tale. His stardom goes to every corner of the world.

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Canelo Alvarez is a global sensation and also garners attention from the non-fight fans. That said, we have always seen him speak in Mexican, and Alvarez also brings a translator to several press conferences. But he can speak in English.

Canelo Alvarez has flaunted his multi-lingual abilities on several public appearances. Although his English-speaking abilities might not be fluent, Alvarez can hold a conversation in the language.

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Canelo Alvarez and his multi-lingual persona

In 2017, Alvarez spoke in English while referring to his then upcoming fight against Gennady Golovkin. Despite conducting an entire interview in Mexican, Alvarez gave a glimpse of his English skills towards the end. Here’s a look at it.

Meanwhile, people began enquiring about Alvarez’s English speaking knowledge after his fight against Callum Smith for the 168 lbs WBC and WBA titles on December 19. Following a lopsided win over Smith, Alvarez named his upcoming opponents. But surprisingly, he named them in English.

Moreover, Alvarez spoke a word or two in English with Matchroom director Eddie Hearn. That said, Canelo Alvarez, many never need a translator because he understands English and is slowly learning to speak in it.

He already has a grab over the language. But Alvarez looks slow while speaking in English, compared to his native tongue Mexican.

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He trains under Eddy Reynoso alongside several elites in Andy Ruiz Jr, Ryan Garcia, and Oscar Valdez amongst others. Though all these prime names speak in English, they all share similar Mexican roots.

We can assume Alvarez to have honed his skills from these men. But he might always prefer to speak up in Mexican, and a translator many be inevitable in such cases.

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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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