Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan (born July 18, 1990), commonly known as “Canelo” Alvarez, is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the current lineal, The Ring, and WBC middleweight champion, as well as a former WBC, WBA (Regular), and The Ring light middleweight champion.
In an interview, Álvarez explained that he was born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, but his family was at the time living in San Agustín de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga. At the age of five, his family moved to their current home of Juanacatlán, Jalisco. Growing up on his family’s farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today. Alvarez is the youngest of eight children, seven of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers. Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramón Alvarez, Ricardo Álvarez and former Interim WBA World Champion, Rigoberto Álvarez.
“Canelo” in Spanish is the masculine word for cinnamon, which is a common nickname for people with red hair.
Álvarez started boxing at 13 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, at the age of 15. Canelo has an amateur record of 44-2.