Was Canelo Alvarez’s Brother Kidnapped?

Published 11/01/2021, 2:27 PM EDT
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


Canelo Alvarez, with his astonishing boxing skills, has proved to be an absolute star of the sport. With time, the Mexican fighting sensation improved immensely and is known for upping his game, fight after fight. That being said, Alvarez always pulls off special performances, raising the bar for himself and setting a higher standard for boxing.

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The p4p star has reached his peak after battling umpteen hardships right from his childhood. Notably, even after reaching the pinnacle, Alvarez hasn’t forgotten his rough past as he recalls an incredibly tough moment from 2018.

One of the terrifying anecdotes Alvarez encountered a few years back was when his brother got kidnapped.

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Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding 2018: What happened to Canelo Alvarez’s brother?

On December 15, 2018, Alvarez was about to face Rocky Fielding for the WBA super-middleweight title. However, just a few days before the bout, he got to know that his brother was kidnapped.

Earlier this year, Alvarez was in conversation with Graham Bensinger, wherein he spoke about the infamous incident.

Alvarez spoke in Spanish, and a translator decoded his statements.

He said, “Over the phone, I negotiated all the … I negotiated everything for his release. For three days I negotiated with those a**holes so they would let him go. Three days. And after I negotiated, I was still thinking, imagine if this had been my daughter, my mother, my father. For me it would’ve even been more difficult.” 

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The courage to step in the ring after that…

Canelo further added, “And on top of that, I had to fight on Saturday and a thousand interviews and everything, and no one knew anything. And that’s what I’m getting at, everybody thinks wow, you know, they see me up there and they say, ‘Wow, it’s very easy.’ But nothing is easy in this life, everything is difficult.” (h/t Yahoo Sports)

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)

After much rigmarole, his brother finally got released. Despite the scary incident, the p4p star gave his absolute best inside the ring against Rocky Fielding. Right from the first bell, Alvarez was the oppressor, dropping Fielding multiple times. Eventually, the Mexican star ended the fight with a T/KO in round 3.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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