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Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (born July 18, 1990, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico) is an undefeated Mexican boxer in the Light Middleweight division. He is the current WBC Light Middleweight champion. He is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. Considered by many boxing analyst as the top welterweight prospect.

Personal life

In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the city of Guadalajara, but his family was at the time living in San Agustín de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. At the age of five his family would move to their current home of Juanacatlán growing up on his family's farm, and where he still rides horseback. His father and all of his brothers have dark hair. Like his mother Ana María, Álvarez is a redhead. His brothers are welterweight boxers Ramon Álvarez, Ricardo Álvarez and former WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Álvarez.

Álvarez was engaged to 27 year old Marisol González, who is Miss Mexico Universe 2003 and a sports reporter for Televisa Deportes. He has one daughter that he had with a former girlfriend.

Nickname

Álvarez has red hair and due to this he was given the nickname El Canelo (Spanish for cinnamon). His trainer Jose "Chepo" Reynoso gave Álvarez his nickname, when he was only thirteen years old.

Amateur career

Álvarez started boxing at thirteen years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto Álvarez's debut as a professional boxer. In 2004 he won the silver medal at the Junior Mexican National championships, held in Sinaloa. He became the 2005 Junior Mexican National Boxing Champion in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico at the age of 15. Even though Álvarez turned pro young he had 20 amateur bouts.

Professional career

In the third bout of his career Álvarez fought and defeated the, now current, IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vázquez.

On June 28, 2008, Álvarez would rematch Miguel Vázquez and also made world history when all of his six brothers fought on the same card, Canelo being the youngest. The only downside was that three of them failed to win their pro debuts. The others four more experienced brothers won.

On March 6, 2010, he got a crushing third round knockout over Brian Camechis in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Álvarez defeated Jose Miguel Cotto in his first appearance on American soil on May 1, 2010, on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley undercard in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO PPV to retain the NABF welterweight title.

His sixth round TKO win over Luciano Leonel Cuello was held in the Vicente Fernández Arena. During the post fight interview Mexican singer Vicente Fernández offered to give Álvarez a horse. He was also given a horse by the mayor of Tepic, where Alvarez sometimes trains.

He next fought against the former WBC welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on the Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora undercard. Baldomir stated in a pre-fight interview that he wants the winner of Mora vs. Mosley, as he said "after I knock out El Canelo".Baldomir weighed in at 153.4 pounds for the bout, that was contracted for 151 pounds. In California, if a fighter is overweight he is penalized 20 percent of his purse and that percent is given to the other fighter. However Álvarez declined to take the extra $12,000 from Baldomir. In the 6th round Alvarez landed a crushing blow that knocked Baldomir out cold. Álvarez being the only one to knock Baldomir out and is only the second boxer ever to stop Carlos Baldomir.

Álvarez successfully defended his light middleweight title unanimously versus former world champion Lovemore N'dou in Veracruz, Mexico. It was a competitive fight despite the wide margins on the official scorecards of 120-108 (twice) and 119-109.

WBC Light Middleweight Championship

Main article: Saúl Álvarez vs. Matthew Hatton

On March 5, 2011, Álvarez defeated EBU welterweight champion Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision, for the vacant WBC light middleweight championship. The bout was televised on HBO and took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Alvarez was deducted a point in the seventh round for hitting after the break. All three ringside judges scored the bout at 119-108 in favor of Alvarez. He lost 1 point for an illegal punch in the seventh round, which was uniformly scored 9-9. Alvarez landed 47% of his 626 punches, including 53% of his power shots, while Hatton connected with just 25% of his 546 total blows.

Saul Alvarez vs. Ryan Rhodes

Saúl Álvarez will defend his newly awarded WBC Light Middleweight against number one contender and current EBU Light Middleweight Champion, Ryan Rhodes on June 18, 2011 in his hometown, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Professional record

36 Wins (26 knockouts), 0 Losses , 1 Draw

Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes

N/A N/A Ryan Rhodes - - (12) 2011-06-18 Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Defends WBC Light Middleweight Title.

Win 36-0-1 Matthew Hatton UD 12 (12) 2011-03-05 Honda Center, Anaheim, California Won Vacant WBC Light Middleweight Title.

Win 35-0-1 Lovemore N'dou UD 12 (12) 2010-12-04 Estadio Beto Avila, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico Retained WBC Silver Light Middleweight Title.

Win 34-0-1 Carlos Baldomir KO 6 (10), 2:58 2010-09-18 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Retained WBC Silver Light Middleweight Title.

Win 33-0-1 Luciano Cuello TKO 6 (12), 1:23 2010-07-10 Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Won Vacant WBC Silver Light Middleweight Title.

Win 32-0-1 Jose Miguel Cotto TKO 9 (10), 2:51 2010-05-01 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained NABF Welterweight Title.

Win 31-0-1 Brian Camechis KO 3 (12), 0:23 2010-03-06 Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico Retained NABF Welterweight Title.

Win 30-0-1 Lanardo Tyner UD 12 (12) 2009-12-05 Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico Retained NABF Welterweight Title.

Win 29-0-1 Carlos Herrera TKO 1 (10), 2:46 2009-09-15 Auditorio Siglo XXI, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico Retained WBC Youth World Welterweight Title.

Win 28-0-1 Marat Khuzeev KO 2 (10), 2:33 2009-08-08 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico Won Vacant WBC Youth World Welterweight Title.

Win 27-0-1 Jeferson Goncalo KO 9 (12), 1:54 2009-06-06 Parque Xcaret, Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico Retained NABF Welterweight Title.

Win 26-0-1 Michel Rosales TKO 10 (12), 2:53 2009-04-11 Gimnasio Niños Héroes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico Retained NABF Welterweight Title.

Win 25-0-1 Euri Gonzalez TKO 11 (12), 1:36 2009-02-21 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico Retained NABF and WBO Latino Welterweight Titles.

Win 24-0-1 Antonio Fitch TKO 1 (12), 1:52 2009-01-17 Foro Scotiabank, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico Won Vacant NABF and WBO Latino Welterweight Titles.

Win 23-0-1 Raul Pinzon TKO 1 (12), 2:30 2008-12-05 Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida Retained WBA Fedecentro Welterweight title.

Win 22-0-1 Larry Mosley UD 10 (10) 2008-10-24 Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California

Win 21-0-1 Carlos Adan Jerez UD 10 (10) 2008-08-02 Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico Retained WBA Fedecentro Welterweight Title.

Win 20-0-1 Miguel Vázquez UD 10 (10) 2008-06-28 Palenque Calle 2, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 19-0-1 Francisco Villanueva SD 10 (10) 2008-06-06 Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

Win 18-0-1 Gabriel Martinez RTD 10 (12), 0:10 2008-04-18 Salon Marbet Plus, Nezahualcóyotl, México, Mexico Won WBA Fedecentro Welterweight title.

Win 17-0-1 Francisco Villanueva TKO 9 (12), 2:32 2008-03-14 Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Retained Jalisco State Welterweight Title.

Win 16-0-1 Axel Rodrigo Solis KO 1 (8) 2008-02-22 Salon Marbet Plus, Nezahualcóyotl, México, Mexico

Win 15-0-1 Sean Holley TKO 2 (10) 2007-12-15 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 14-0-1 Ricardo Cano UD 12 (12) 2007-08-31 Coliseo Olímpico, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico Won Jalisco State Welterweight Title.

Win 13-0-1 Christian Solano UD 10 (10) 2007-08-18 Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 12-0-1 Jesus Hernandez TKO 2 (10) 2007-06-01 Casino de los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

Win 11-0-1 Victor Marquez KO 4 (10), 1:48 2007-05-19 Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 10-0-1 Ivan Illescas KO 4 (10), 2:40 2007-03-30 Arena-Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

Win 9-0-1 Javier Martinez TKO 8 (10) 2007-03-02 Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico

Win 8-0-1 Daniel Martinez KO 2 (?) 2006-12-08 Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 7-0-1 Francisco Villanueva KO 5 (6), 1:20 2006-9-29 Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 6-0-1 Cristian Hernandez KO 2 (?) 2006-09-15 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 5-0-1 Juan Hernandez KO 2 (?) 2006-07-21 Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Draw 4-0-1 Jorge Juarez D 4 (4) 2006-06-17 Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

Win 4-0-0 Pedro Lopez KO 1 (4) 2006-02-10 Men's Club, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 3-0-0 Miguel Vázquez SD 4 (4) 2006-01-0 Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 2-0-0 Pablo Alvarado KO 2 (4), 2:25 2005-11-26 Arena Chololo Larios, Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico

Win 1-0-0 Abraham Gonzalez TKO 4 (4), 0:18 2005-10-29 Arena Chololo Larios, Tonalá, Jalisco, Mexico Alvarez's Professional Debut.

Canelo promotions

Saúl runs his own promotional boxing company with his trainers José Reynoso and Eddy Reynoso. They have a roster of eighteen fighters which include former world champions Nobuhiro Ishida, Rigoberto Álvarez, and promotes himself with Golden Boy Promotions.

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