Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (Spanish pronunciation: [saˈul ˈalβaɾes]; born July 18, 1990), commonly known as Saúl Álvarez, or by his nickname "Canelo" Álvarez, is a Mexican professional boxer.[2] He is the current Ring magazine and lineal middleweight champion, having previously held the WBC middleweight and light middleweight titles, as well as the WBA (Unified) and The Ring light middleweight titles.[3][4][5] BoxRec currently ranks Álvarez as the world's best boxer, pound for pound,[6] and the world's top middleweight.


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.[7] Growing up on his family's farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today.[8][9] Álvarez is the youngest of eight children, seven of them boys; all of his brothers also became professional boxers.[10] Among his brothers are welterweight boxers Ramón Álvarez, 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.[11]

Amateur career

Álvarez started boxing at 13 years old, after watching his older brother Rigoberto Álvarez's debut as a professional boxer.[12] 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.[13]

Professional career

Álvarez turned professional at 15, shortly after his championship at the Junior Nationals, because his trainers at the time, father-and-son team Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, were unable to find suitable junior opponents for him. In his first 19 months as a professional, he knocked out 11 of his 13 documented opponents, all of whom were significantly older. However, the elder Reynoso stated in 2013 that Álvarez had fought 10 more times in that span, winning all 10 by knockout, but that these fights (all in small venues in the Mexican state of Nayarit) were so poorly documented that it was not worth the trouble to seek to have the record corrected.[10] His weight fluctuated in his three years as a professional including two documented fights within the Light welterweight limit of 140 lbs before he settled in the Welterweight division at 147 lbs.[14]

Álvarez' third official bout of his career was a win over the now current IBF Lightweight Champion, Miguel Vázquez on January 20, 2006, at his home town of Guadalajara, Jalisco. On June 28, 2008, Álvarez defeated Miguel Vázquez again in a rematch. He also made world history in that fight card when all of his six brothers fought on the same night, Canelo being the youngest.[15][16][17] The only downside was that three of them failed to win their pro debuts. The other four more experienced brothers won.[18] On March 6, 2010, he got a crushing third round knockout over Brian Camechis in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.[19] Álvarez defeated Jose Miguel Cotto on May 1, 2010, on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley undercard in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on HBO PPV to retain his NABF Welterweight title.[2]

Light middleweight

His sixth round TKO win over Luciano Leonel Cuello for the WBC Silver Light Middleweight bout was held in the Vicente Fernández Arena.[2] During the post fight interview Mexican singer Vicente Fernández gave Álvarez a horse. He was also given a horse by the mayor of Tepic, where Alvarez sometimes trains.[2]

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.[2] 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."[2] 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.[2] In the 6th round Alvarez landed a crushing blow that knocked Baldomir out cold. Álvarez is the only one to knock Baldomir out and is only the second boxer ever to stop Carlos Baldomir.[2] Álvarez successfully defended his Light Middleweight title unanimously versus former world champion Lovemore N'dou in Veracruz.[2] It was a competitive fight despite the wide margins on the official scorecards of 120-108 (twice) and 119-109.

Light middleweight title

On March 5, 2011, Álvarez defeated EBU Welterweight Champion Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision, for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight belt. The bout was televised on HBO and took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.[2] Alvarez was docked 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.[2] 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.

Álvarez successfully defended his newly awarded WBC Light Middleweight title against the Ring #4 ranked Super Welterweight[3] and current EBU Light Middleweight Champion, Ryan Rhodes.[3][31] Álvarez defeated Rhodes by a technical knockout victory in the twelfth round on June 18, 2011, in Guadalajara, Jalisco.[31][3]

On 17 September 2011, Álvarez successfully defended his title with a TKO in Round 6 over The Contender competitor Alfonso Gomez at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, winning by technical knockout victory in the sixth round. Álvarez got a knockdown in Round 1, but there were a couple cautious rounds that left Gomez win the majority of the first five rounds. Álvarez was looking for one shot and got it in the sixth round. He backed up Gomez with a right hand and followed up with a flurry to get the referee to jump in and stop the fight.[3]

Alvarez defeated Kermit Cintron in the 5th round by TKO. Alvarez spent the first three rounds feeling out Cintron, a former Welterweight Champion, before punishing the Puerto Rican with body shots and straight right hands in the fourth round. He knocked Cintron down once and had him in trouble at the end of the round, but Cintron was saved by the bell. In the fifth round, Cintron came out and caught Álvarez with some combinations, but Alvarez eventually overpowered him with several powerful straight right hands, and the referee stepped in and stopped it.[3]

Richard Schaefer announced that Álvarez's next bout on May 5, 2012, on the undercard of Miguel Cotto's clash with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and co- featured, on Cinco De Mayo. On February 11, Shane Mosley was announced as Álvarez's next opponent on May for his WBC Light Middleweight title. Alvarez defeated Mosley after 12 rounds via unanimous decision.[3][3]

Álvarez was originally set to fight Ring Top 10 Super Welterweight, and former Welterweight Champion, Paul Williams on September 15, 2012. However, on May 27, 2012, a motorcycle accident in the U.S. state of Georgia paralyzed Williams from the waist down, ending his boxing career. Álvarez's possible opponents for his September bout were James Kirkland, Austin Trout, Delvin Rodriguez and most notably, Victor Ortiz.

Álvarez was scheduled to defend his title against former welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz in the main event of a Showtime PPV card dubbed "Knockout Kings" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. However, Ortiz was unable to defeat underdog Josesito Lopez in what was supposed to be a "tune-up" fight on June 23 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, losing due to referee stoppage (broken jaw) and cancelling his bout with Alvarez as a result.

Due to this upset, Lopez was instead penciled in to face Canelo at the MGM Grand on the September 15th date, to challenge for Saul's WBC Light Middleweight title. Alvarez won the fight via fifth round technical knockout after dominating Lopez from start to finish to stay undefeated and increase his record of 41-0.

Álvarez vs Trout

His next fight took place on April 20, 2013 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The fight was supposed to take place during Cinco de Mayo weekend as the co-main event of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout against Robert Guerrero; however, due to a contract disagreement between Alvarez and Mayweather regarding their potential fight on September 14, 2013, Alvarez opted to headline his own card. Alvarez successfully defended his WBC Light Middleweight title and won the WBA & the vacant The Ring Magazine Light Middleweight title.

During the first rounds, Trout seemed to have a good game plan. However, Alvarez's power took over after the third round, eventually scoring a knockdown in the seventh round to give Trout the first knockdown of his career. Alvarez set up the knockdown with a pawing left jab, followed by the straight right hand. The fight was closer than expected, but Alvarez still managed to dominate Trout throughout the fight with impressive head movement and shocking power. All three judges scorecards were in favor of Alvarez with a fair margin (115-112, 116-111 and 118-109).[3][3] Although the last score card (118-109) created controversy, the majority of sport analysts had Alvarez winning by at least 2 points. Immediately after the bout, Trout stated that he hadn't underestimated Alvarez but that he trained to fight a completely different fighter.

Álvarez vs Mayweather

Álvarez, The Ring Magazine's no. 1 rated Light Middleweight and unified WBC/WBA "regular" Light Middleweight Champion, fought against The Ring Magazine's no. 1 pound for pound fighter, WBA super welterweight champion and WBC/The Ring Magazine Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr., on September 14, 2013.[38]

Mayweather holds a world title at welterweight (147 pounds), but he also still owns a junior middleweight title (154), which he won by outpointing Miguel Cotto in May 2012. And he is moving back up in weight to face Alvarez with their belts on the line, although the fight was contested at a catchweight of 152 pounds. The titles disputed were Alvarez's WBC, WBA "regular" & The Ring Light Middleweight titles, and Mayweather's WBA "super" Light Middleweight title.[38][4]

Mayweather defeated Alvarez by majority twelve round decision. In a fight that many thought was going to be Floyd Mayweather's toughest, he outclassed the younger Alvarez. Many observers at ringside thought Mayweather won all twelve rounds.[4][4]

Catchweight fights at 155lbs

Álvarez vs Angulo

Álvarez fought Alfredo Angulo on March 8, 2014.[4] Álvarez came out strong, throwing combinations. In a fairly lopsided beating, Álvarez scored a tenth round stoppage over Angulo punctuated by a lead left uppercut.[4]

Álvarez vs Lara

Álvarez fought Erislandy Lara on July 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand in a non-title match. Lara's WBA light middleweight title was not on the line as the fight took place at a 155-pound catchweight, and both fighters weighed in at precisely 155 pounds. Álvarez rehydrated to 171 pounds while Lara came into the ring at 166 pounds. In a very close and competitive fight that went to a split decision, Álvarez came out on top with the two judges scoring 115–113 in favor of each fighter and the final judge scoring 117–111 in favor of Álvarez.[4] The final scorecard was controversial as many observers considered it far too wide. According to CompuBox, Lara landed 55 jabs to nine from Álvarez, who landed the jab at a five percent connect rate. Álvarez managed to land 88 power punches while Lara landed 53 power punches. Lara's clean punching along with his defense and movement were weighed against Álvarez's effective aggressiveness.[4] Lara came out in dominant fashion, utilizing a stick-and-move style and capturing the early rounds. Álvarez was later able to hammer away to the body when he had Lara on the ropes but never adjusted to Lara's one-two combinations. Lara's lead hand played a huge role in this combination's effectiveness, but his output dropped in the middle rounds. Álvarez was able to cut Lara with a lead left uppercut in the seventh round.[4] Although the decision remains controversial, any talk of a rematch in the future was dismissed by Oscar De La Hoya who went on to say, "No one wants a rematch."[4]

Álvarez vs Kirkland

On May 9, 2015, Alvarez defeated James Kirkland in a non-title super welterweight bout at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas via third round knockout.[5] Kirkland came out aggressively, but Alvarez wobbled him and scored a knockdown via straight right hand in round one. In the third round, a counter right uppercut sent Kirkland to the canvas. Alvarez ended the fight with a jab to the body quickly followed by the right hand, creating the knockout.[5]

Álvarez vs Cotto

On November 21, 2015, Álvarez won the WBC, lineal and The Ring middleweight titles with a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto infront of a sold-out crowd of 11,274 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight took place at a catchweight of 155 lbs. Although Cotto gave a tremendous effort, moving nicely throughout the fight, the judges clearly went for Álvarez's brute strength, with surprisingly wide scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111. had the fight much closer at 115-113 for Alvarez. According to CompuBox, Álvarez landed 155 of 484 punches (32 percent), and Cotto landed 129 of 629 (21 percent), with Álvarez landed the heavier blows and inflicting more damage.[5] Two months after the fight, the WBC awarded Álvarez the WBC Diamond middleweight title at their headquarters in Mexico.

Álvarez vs Khan

In early 2016, it was announced that Khan was moving up two weight divisions to middleweight, to fight Álvarez for his lineal, Ring and WBC world middleweight championship titles. The fight took place on 7 May 2016, at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.[5][51] The bout was on HBO PPV.[5][5] Khan kept his distance in the first 5 rounds, using his speed to come in and step out which initially caused trouble for Canelo. In round 6, Canelo landed a devastating right hand that knocked out Khan.[5] The fight generated a live gate of $7,417,350, according to figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. That total came from 13,072 tickets sold, far short of a sellout. The Alvarez-Khan gross places it 34th-best in Nevada history.[5] After the fight, Alvarez and his team invited Middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin into the ring to promote a future fight with Golovkin. During the post-fight interview with HBO's Max Kellerman, Alvarez stated,"Let's fight now." [5] On May 18, 2016 Alvarez vacated the WBC title he defended in fighting Amir Khan. The WBC immediately awarded the title to Gennady Golovkin.[6]

Return to light middleweight

Álvarez vs Smith

It was announced on June 24, Álvarez will drop the extra pound to 154 and challenge 27 year old, WBO World champion Liam Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) from England on September 17 in the main event on an HBO PPV card. Golden Boy Promotions announced on July 18, the bout will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the other venue looking to host the fight was the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.[58] Canelo, who had fought his last 5 fights at his preferred 155 lbs catchweight, said, "I am very pleased to announce my next fight against Liam Smith, a tremendous fighter with real knockout power, and the WBO junior middleweight world title owner, I have no doubt that this fight will be give and take, which will fill the expectations of the fans, and I will work with all the enthusiasm as I always do to get the upper hand on Sept. 17."[58]

Professional boxing record

49 fights, 47 wins (33 knockouts), 1 loss, 1 draw
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
50N/AN/AUnited Kingdom Liam SmithN/A– (12)Sep 17, 2016United States AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S.For WBO light middleweight title
49Win47–1–1United Kingdom Amir KhanKO6 (12), 2:37May 7, 2016United States T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
48Win46–1–1Puerto Rico Miguel CottoUD12Nov 21, 2015United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Won The Ring, lineal, and vacant WBC middleweight titles
47Win45–1–1United States James KirklandKO3 (12), 2:11May 9, 2015United States Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, U.S.
46Win44–1–1Cuba Erislandy LaraSD12Jul 12, 2014United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
45Win43–1–1Mexico Alfredo AnguloTKO10 (12), 0:44Mar 8, 2014United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
44Loss42–1–1United States Floyd Mayweather Jr.MD12Sep 14, 2013United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBA (Unified), WBC, and The Ring light middleweight titles;
For WBA (Super) and vacant lineal light middleweight titles
43Win42–0–1United States Austin TroutUD12Apr 20, 2013United States Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.Retained WBC light middleweight title;
Won WBA (Regular) and The Ring light middleweight titles
42Win41–0–1United States Josesito LópezTKO5 (12), 2:55Sep 15, 2012United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC light middleweight title
41Win40–0–1United States Shane MosleyUD12May 5, 2012United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC light middleweight title
40Win39–0–1Puerto Rico Kermit CintrónTKO5 (12), 2:53Nov 26, 2011Mexico Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, MexicoRetained WBC light middleweight title
39Win38–0–1Mexico Alfonso GómezTKO6 (12), 2:36Sep 17, 2011United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained WBC light middleweight title
38Win37–0–1United Kingdom Ryan RhodesTKO12 (12), 0:48Jun 18, 2011Mexico Arena VFG, Guadalajara, MexicoRetained WBC light middleweight title
37Win36–0–1United Kingdom Matthew HattonUD12Mar 5, 2011United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, U.S.Won vacant WBC light middleweight title
36Win35–0–1Australia Lovemore N'douUD12Dec 4, 2010Mexico Estadio Universitario Beto Ávila, Veracruz, MexicoRetained WBC Silver light middleweight title
35Win34–0–1Argentina Carlos BaldomirKO6 (10), 2:58Sep 18, 2010United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained WBC Silver light middleweight title
34Win33–0–1Argentina Luciano Leonel CuelloTKO6 (12), 1:23Jul 10, 2010Mexico Arena VFG, Guadalajara, MexicoWon WBC Silver light middleweight title
33Win32–0–1Puerto Rico José CottoTKO9 (10), 2:51May 1, 2010United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.Retained NABF welterweight title
32Win31–0–1United States Brian CamechisKO3 (12), 0:23Mar 6, 2010Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, MexicoRetained NABF welterweight title
31Win30–0–1United States Lanardo TynerUD12Dec 5, 2009Mexico Tepic, MexicoRetained NABF welterweight title
30Win29–0–1Argentina Carlos Leonardo HerreraTKO1 (10), 2:46Sep 15, 2009Mexico Auditorio Siglo XXI, Puebla, MexicoRetained WBC Youth welterweight title
29Win28–0–1Russia Marat KhuzeevKO2 (10), 2:33Aug 8, 2009Mexico Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, MexicoWon WBC Youth welterweight title
28Win27–0–1Brazil Jefferson GonçaloKO9 (12), 1:54Jun 6, 2009Mexico Xcaret Park, Cancún, MexicoRetained NABF welterweight title
27Win26–0–1Mexico Michel RosalesTKO10 (12), 2:53Apr 11, 2009Mexico Gimnasio Niños Héroes, Tepic, MexicoRetained NABF welterweight title
26Win25–0–1Dominican Republic Euri GonzalezTKO11 (12), 1:36Feb 21, 2009Mexico Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, MexicoRetained NABF and WBO Latino welterweight titles
25Win24–0–1Mexico Antonio FitchTKO1 (12), 1:52Jan 17, 2009Mexico Foro Scotiabank, Mexico City, MexicoWon NABF and WBO Latino welterweight titles
24Win23–0–1Colombia Raúl PinzónTKO1 (12), 2:30Dec 5, 2008United States Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Miami, Florida, U.S.Retained WBA Fedecentro welterweight title
23Win22–0–1United States Larry MosleyUD10Oct 24, 2008United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.
22Win21–0–1Argentina Carlos Adan JerezUD10Aug 2, 2008Mexico Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, MexicoRetained WBA Fedecentro welterweight title
21Win20–0–1Mexico Miguel VázquezUD10Jun 28, 2008Mexico Palenque Calle 2, Zapopan, Mexico
20Win19–0–1Mexico Francisco VillanuevaUD10Jun 6, 2008Mexico Tepic, Mexico
19Win18–0–1Mexico Gabriel MartinezRTD10 (12), 0:10Apr 18, 2008Mexico Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, MexicoWon WBA Fedecentro welterweight title
18Win17–0–1Mexico Francisco VillanuevaTKO9 (12), 2:32Mar 14, 2008Mexico Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, MexicoRetained Jalisco welterweight title
17Win16–0–1Mexico Axel Rodrigo SolisKO1 (8)Feb 22, 2008Mexico Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico
16Win15–0–1United States Sean HolleyTKO2 (10)Dec 15, 2007Mexico Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Mexico
15Win14–0–1Mexico Ricardo CanoUD12Aug 31, 2007Mexico Coliseo Olímpico, Guadalajara, MexicoWon Jalisco welterweight title
14Win13–0–1Mexico Christian SolanoUD10Aug 18, 2007Mexico Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Mexico
13Win12–0–1Mexico Jesus HernandezTKO2 (10)Jun 1, 2007Mexico Casino de los Fresnos, Tepic, Mexico
12Win11–0–1Mexico Victor MarquezKO4 (10), 1:48May 19, 2007Mexico Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Mexico
11Win10–0–1Mexico Ivan IllescasKO4 (10), 2:40Mar 30, 2007Mexico Arena-Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Mexico
10Win9–0–1Mexico Javier MartinezTKO8 (10)Mar 2, 2007Mexico Casino Los Fresnos, Tepic, Mexico
9Win8–0–1United States Daniel MartinezKO2 (8)Dec 8, 2006Mexico Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
8Win7–0–1Mexico Francisco VillanuevaKO5 (6), 1:20Sep 29, 2006Mexico Tonalá, Mexico
7Win6–0–1Mexico Cristian HernandezKO2 (6)Sep 15, 2006Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico
6Win5–0–1United States Juan HernandezKO2 (6)Jul 21, 2006Mexico Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Mexico
5Draw4–0–1Mexico Jorge JuarezSD4Jun 17, 2006MexicoAuditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
4Win4–0Mexico Pedro LopezKO1 (4)Feb 10, 2006Mexico Men's Club, Guadalajara, Mexico
3Win3–0Mexico Miguel VázquezUD4Jan 20, 2006Mexico Guadalajara, Mexico
2Win2–0Mexico Pablo AlvaradoKO2 (4), 2:25Nov 26, 2005Mexico Arena Chololo Larios, Tonalá, Mexico
1Win1–0Mexico Abraham GonzalezTKO4 (4), 0:18Oct 29, 2005Mexico Arena Chololo Larios, Tonalá, MexicoProfessional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Title last held by
Joel Julio
WBA Fedecentro welterweight champion
April 18, 2008 – January 2009
Title next held by
Hugo Valdez
Title last held by
Jesús Soto Karass
NABF welterweight champion
January 17, 2009 – July 2010
Title next held by
Shawn Porter
Title last held by
Jorge Daniel Miranda
WBO Latino welterweight champion
February 21, 2009 – April 2009
Title next held by
Diosbelys Hurtado
Title last held by
Oliver Guettel
WBC Youth welterweight champion
August 8, 2009 – July 2010
Title next held by
Danny García
New titleWBC Silver light-middleweight champion
July 10, 2010 – March 5, 2011
Won world title
Title next held by
Vanes Martirosyan
World titles
Title last held by
Manny Pacquiao
WBC light middleweight champion
March 5, 2011September 14, 2013
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Preceded by
Austin Trout
as Regular champion
WBA light middleweight champion
Unified title

April 20, 2013 – September 14, 2013
Lost bid for Super title
Title next held by
Erislandy Lara
as Regular champion
Title last held by
Winky Wright
The Ring light middleweight champion
April 20, 2013 – September 14, 2013
Succeeded by
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Title last held by
Miguel Cotto
WBC middleweight champion
November 21, 2015 – May 18, 2016
Succeeded by
Gennady Golovkin
promoted from interim status
Preceded by
Miguel Cotto
The Ring middleweight champion
November 21, 2015 – present
Lineal middleweight champion
November 21, 2015 – present
Honorary titles
Title last held by
Sergio Martínez
WBC Diamond middleweight champion
January 12, 2016 – May 18, 2016

Pay-per-view bouts

September 14, 2013
Mayweather vs. CaneloThe One2,200,000[6]$150mShowtime
March 8, 2014
Canelo vs. AnguloToe to Toe350,000
July 12, 2014
Canelo vs. LaraHonor and Glory[6]325,000$17m
November 21, 2015
Cotto vs. CaneloCotto–Canelo900,000HBO
May 7, 2016
Canelo vs. KhanCanelo-Khan600,000

Personal life

Álvarez was engaged to 30-year-old Marisol González, who is Miss Mexico Universe 2003 and a sports reporter for Televisa Deportes.[6][6] He has one daughter with a former girlfriend.[6]