Saúl Álvarez dreamed of boxing in the major leagues while selling popsicles on the streets of Juanacatlán, Jalisco with his father. He sold fruit drinks in the mornings and traded jabs in José “Chepo” Reynoso’s gym in the afternoons.
He was born on July 18, 1990 in San Agustín, on the outskirts of Guadalajara. He was taught work ethic by his father, and discipline by his brother Rigoberto, who gave Saúl his first gloves at the age of ten.
From the very start, Canelo was up against opponents who were more muscular than him, and up to ten years older. But that didn’t hold him back. 11 of his 13 victories were achieved by knockout. Álvarez won the Jalisco middleweight title in 2006.
Much has been said about Saúl Álvarez’s boxing style: that he knows how to defend himself from onslaughts; that he’s forceful in attack; that his greatest talent is for counterattacking. And of course, there’s the eternal debate of whether a Mexican boxing style exists and if he represents it. But there’s one adjective that appears in every professional review and fan discussion: thrilling. Canelo is a thrilling fighter to watch.
Álvarez is a media star and wherever he dons his gloves, tickets are guaranteed to sell out.
One of his most exciting fights was on May 7, 2017. In this highly-anticipated duel between two Mexican fighters – Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez and Julio César Chávez Jr – the man from Jalisco blew his opponent away by the unanimous decision of the judges.
All those years of training and sacrifice were rewarded in one of 2017’s most exciting fights: Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and Saúl Álvarez faced off to compete for the WBA, WBC and IBF titles. That match ended in a draw. But Álvarez beat Golovkin in the rematch one year later, silencing the doubters.
Saúl ended 2018 on a high. He is the current Super WBA, WBC, IBO and Ring world middleweight champion. He is also the highest paid athlete in history, thanks to a multi- million contract with DAZN, the live sports streaming service.
But there’s much more to his story than generating millions of dollars in ticket sales, sponsorships, bets, and pay-per-view. Outside the ring, Saúl is known for his impeccable style, his charisma, his fondness for childhood memories, and his Mexican roots.