Saul Alvarez

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Name: Saul Alvarez
Alias: Canelo
Birth Name: Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán
Hometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 173cm
Reach: 179cm
Promoter: Record
Pro Boxer: Record

Trainers: Jose Reynoso, Eddy Reynoso
Manager: Eddy Reynoso
Promoters: Felix Zabala Sr. (2008-2009), Golden Boy Promotions, Canelo Promotions

Amateur Career

  • Some sources say Alvarez had 20 amateur bouts and others say his amateur record was 44-2.
  • 2004 Junior Mexican National Championships Silver medalist.
  • 2005 Junior Mexican National Championships Gold medalist.

Regional & Minor Titles

  • Jalisco State welterweight title (2007-2008)
  • WBA Fedecentro welterweight title (2008)
  • NABF welterweight title (2009-2010)
  • WBO Latino welterweight title (2009)
  • WBC Youth World welterweight title (2009)
  • WBC Silver Super-Welterweight Title (February 2010-March 2011; 2 defenses)
  • IBO Middleweight Title (September 2018-present; 0 defenses)
  • WBA 'Regular' World Super-Middleweight Title (December 2018-December 2020; 0 defenses)

Professional Record

Championship Record

Variant Record

World Titles

  • WBC World Light-Middleweight Champion Title (May 2011-September 2013; 6 defenses)
  • WBA World Light-Middleweight Champion Title (April 2013-September 2013; 0 defenses)
  • Lineal Middleweight Champion of the World (November 2015-Jan 2021; 4 defenses)
  • Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion of the World (November 2015-Feb 2018; 2 defenses; stripped)
  • WBC World Middleweight Title (November 2015-May 2016; 1 defence)
  • WBO World Light-Middleweight Champion Title (September 2016-May 2017; 0 defenses)
  • (2) Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion of the World (September 2018-Jan 2021; 1 defence)
  • (2) WBC World Middleweight Title (September 2018-present; 1 defence)
  • WBA Super World Middleweight Title (September 2018-present; 1 defence)
  • IBF World Middleweight Title (May 2019-August 2019; 0 defenses)
  • WBO World Light-Heavyweight Title (November 2019-December 2019; 0 defenses)
  • Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight Champion of the World (December 2020-present; 3 defenses)
  • WBA Super World Super-Middleweight Title (December 2020-present; 3 defenses)
  • WBC World Super-Middleweight Title (February 2021-present; 3 defenses)
  • WBO World Super-Middleweight Title (May 2021-present; 1 defenses)
  • IBF World Super-Middleweight Title (November 2021-present; 0 defenses)


  • Alvarez is the younger brother of Ramon Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez and former interim WBA light middleweight champion Rigoberto Alvarez.
  • Made his professional debut on October 29, 2005, just three months after his 15th birthday.
  • Given the nickname "Canelo" (Spanish for cinnamon) because of his red hair.
  • Alvarez tested positive for two drug tests after his bout with Gennady Golovkin. His rematch with Golovkin was called off. Alvarez later decided not to enroll into the WBC's clean boxing programme, and was therefore removed from their rankings.
  • Alvarez is the second boxer to hold world titles in three different weight divisions simultaneously. However his feat does not compare to that of Henry Armstrong who was the Lineal Champion at 126lbs, 147lbs and 135lbs simultaneously. Whereas Canelo was only the Lineal Champion in one division (160lbs) and the Ring Magazine/WBA Champion at 168lbs. He also held the WBO title at 175lbs.
  • He is the fourth former junior-middleweight titleholder to also win a belt at light heavyweight after Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard & Mike McCallum.
  • Alvarez is the first four-belt world champion at 168 pounds and the sixth man to be a four-belt champion in boxing history.

Awards & Recognition

  • 2010 ESPN Prospect of the Year

Saul Alvarez Gallery

Preceded by:
Manny Pacquiao
WBC Light Middleweight Champion
2011 Mar 5 – 2013 Sep 14
Succeeded by:
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by:
Austin Trout
Regular Champion
Lost bid for Unified Championship
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
2013 Apr 20 – 2013 Sep 14
Unified Champion
Lost bid for Super Championship
Succeeded by:
Erislandy Lara
Preceded by:
Miguel Cotto
WBC Middleweight Champion
2015 Nov 21 – 2016 May 18
Succeeded by:
Gennady Golovkin
Preceded by:
Liam Smith
WBO Light Middleweight Champion
2016 Sep 17 – 2017 May
Succeeded by:
Miguel Cotto
Preceded by:
Gennady Golovkin
Super Champion
WBA Middleweight Champion
2018 Sep 15 – 2021 Jan 01
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Ryota Murata
Preceded by:
Gennady Golovkin
WBC Middleweight Champion
2018 Sep 15 – 2019 Jun 26
Promoted to Franchise champion
Succeeded by:
Jermall Charlo
Preceded by:
Rocky Fielding
Regular Champion
WBA Super Middleweight Champion
2018 Dec 15 – present
Regular Champion
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Daniel Jacobs
IBF Middleweight Champion
2019 May 4 – 2019 Aug 1
Succeeded by:
Gennady Golovkin
Preceded by:
Sergey Kovalev
WBO Light Heavyweight Champion
2019 Nov 02 – Vacated
Succeeded by:
Joe Smith Jr