Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: Career Record (40-0-1, 29 KOs), Bio & Fighter Profile for Canelo
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is the current WBC Junior Middleweight champion of the world. He is currently one of the fastest rising fighters in the sport today. Alvarez hails from Mexico and his red hair earned him the nickname “Canelo” (Spanish for cinnamon) from his trainer Jose Reynoso. Already a huge attraction, he has the potential to be the next superstar in the sport.
Canelo Alvarez Amateur Career:
Alvarez had a very short amateur career. He participated is a total of 20 career amateur fights. Though his stint in the amateurs was short, Alvarez still managed to flash a lot of potential and win a couple of amateur titles. In 2004, he won the silver medal at the Junior Mexican National Championships and in 2005 he was the Junior Mexican National Champion.
Early Pro Career:
Alvarez turned pro on October 29, 2005 with a fourth round TKO over Abraham Gonzalez. In his third pro fight in January 2006 Alvarez won a split decision over current IBF Lightweight Champion Miguel Vasquez. Two fights later Alvarez fought to a draw Jorge Juarez who owned a record of 3-5 coming into the fight. The draw to Juarez is still the only blemish on Alvarez’s record. On April 18, 2008 Alvarez won the biggest fight of his career by stopping the previously undefeated Gabriel Martinez when Martinez failed to answer the bell for the 12th round of a fight dominated by Alvarez.
Evolving Pro Career:
Alvarez entered the big stage on May 5th, 2010 with his first US fight and as the featured fight on the Mayweather-Mosley undercard. His opponent that night was the brother of Miguel Cotto, Jose Cotto. In the first round, Cotto hurt Alvarez with a left hook that nearly resulted in a knock down. After surviving the first round Alvarez would come back and score a knockdown of his own in the 2nd. From there the young Alvarez dominated on his way to a 9th round TKO victory.
After a couple more victories Alvarez made his HBO headliner debut on March 5, 2011 facing Matthew Hatton for the WBC Junior Middleweight Championship. Alvarez would dominate each round on his way to an impressive unanimous decision victory. Alvarez defended the title three times in 2011, including a knockout victory in Mexico over the hard punching Kermit Cintron. On May 5th, 2012 Alvarez had probably his most impressive showing to date, thoroughly dominating the future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley in a twelve round unanimous decision.
Future for Canelo Alvarez:
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has positioned himself to be involved in many big fights in the not so distant future. He is seemingly on a collision course to face pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the next year of what would be a mega fight. There has also been talks of a huge showdown against fellow undefeated Mexican star, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The future looks bright for the young Alvarez and we will certainly be seeing a lot more of him in the coming years.