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A look back at some of Canelo's greatest performances ahead of his unprecedented battle versus Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion Jermell Charlo Saturday, September 30, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, live on Pay-Per-View.
The Undisputed Super Middleweight Champion joins the show to discuss his mega-fight versus fellow Undisputed Champion Jermell Charlo Saturday, September 30 in Las Vegas.
Saul Alvarez Fights
Win vs John Ryder 32-5-0
May 06, 2023 • Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against John Ryder by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Gennadiy Golovkin 42-1-1
Sep 17, 2022 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Gennadiy Golovkin by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Dmitrii Bivol 19-0-0
May 07, 2022 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Dmitrii Bivol WINS against Saul Alvarez by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Caleb Plant 22-2-0
Nov 06, 2021 • MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saul Alvarez WINS against Caleb Plant by TKO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Billy Joe Saunders 30-0-0
May 08, 2021 • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Billy Joe Saunders by RTD in Round 8 of 12
Win vs Avni Yildirim 21-1-0
Feb 27, 2021 • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Avni Yildirim by RTD in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Callum Smith 27-0-0
Dec 19, 2020 • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Callum Smith by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Sergey Kovalev 34-3-1
Nov 02, 2019 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Sergey Kovalev by KO in Round 11 of 12
WIN vs Rocky Fielding 27-1-0
Dec 15, 2018 • Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
Rocky Fielding LOSES to Saul Alvarez by TKO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Gennadiy Golovkin 38-0-1
Sep 15, 2018 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Gennadiy Golovkin by MD in Round 12 of 12
Draw vs Gennadiy Golovkin 37-0-0
Sep 16, 2017 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Gennadiy Golovkin DRAWS with Saul Alvarez by SD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 50-2-1
May 06, 2017 • T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Liam Smith 23-0-1
Sep 17, 2016 • AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, USA
Liam Smith LOSES to Saul Alvarez by KO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Miguel Cotto 40-4-0
Nov 21, 2015 • Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Miguel Cotto by UD in Round 12 of 12
LOSS vs Floyd Mayweather Jr 44-0-0
Sep 14, 2013 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Floyd Mayweather Jr WINS against Saul Alvarez by MD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Shane Mosley 46-7-1
May 05, 2012 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Shane Mosley by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Kermit Cintron 33-4-1
Nov 26, 2011 • Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Kermit Cintron by TKO in Round 5 of 12
Win vs Alfonso Gomez 23-4-2
Sep 17, 2011 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Alfonso Gomez by TKO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Ryan Rhodes 45-4-0
Jun 18, 2011 • Arena VFG, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Ryan Rhodes by TKO in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Matthew Hatton 41-4-2
Mar 05, 2011 • Honda Center, Anaheim, California, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Matthew Hatton by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Lovemore Ndou 48-11-2
Dec 04, 2010 • Estadio Beto Avila, Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Lovemore Ndou by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Carlos Manuel Baldomir 45-12-6
Sep 18, 2010 • Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Carlos Manuel Baldomir by KO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Luciano Leonel Cuello 26-1-0
Jul 10, 2010 • Arena VFG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Luciano Leonel Cuello by TKO in Round 6 of 12
Win vs Jose Miguel Cotto 31-1-1
May 01, 2010 • MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Jose Miguel Cotto by TKO in Round 9 of 10
Win vs Brian Camechis 19-2-0
Mar 06, 2010 • Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Brian Camechis by KO in Round 3 of 12
Win vs Lanardo Tyner 21-2-0
Dec 05, 2009 • Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Lanardo Tyner by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Carlos Leonardo Herrera 21-1-0
Sep 15, 2009 • Auditorio Siglo XXI, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Carlos Leonardo Herrera by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Marat Khuzeev 18-4-1
Aug 08, 2009 • Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Marat Khuzeev by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Jeferson Luis Goncalo 19-3-3
Jun 06, 2009 • Parque Xcaret, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Jeferson Luis Goncalo by KO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Michel Rosales Hernandez 23-2-0
Apr 11, 2009 • Gimnasio Niños Héroes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Michel Rosales Hernandez by TKO in Round 10 of 12
Win vs Euri Gonzalez 17-0-1
Feb 21, 2009 • Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Euri Gonzalez by TKO in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Luis Antonio Fitch 12-1-0
Jan 17, 2009 • Foro Scotiabank, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Luis Antonio Fitch by TKO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Raul Pinzon 16-1-0
Dec 05, 2008 • Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami, Florida, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Raul Pinzon by TKO in Round 1 of 12
Win vs Larry Mosley 15-2-2
Oct 24, 2008 • Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, USA
Saul Alvarez WINS against Larry Mosley by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Carlos Adan Jerez 27-9-3
Aug 02, 2008 • Auditorio Benito Juárez, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Carlos Adan Jerez by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Francisco Villanueva 5-17-2
Jun 06, 2008 • Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Francisco Villanueva by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Gabriel Martinez 17-0-1
Apr 18, 2008 • Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Gabriel Martinez by RTD in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Francisco Villanueva 4-15-2
Mar 14, 2008 • Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Francisco Villanueva by TKO in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Axel Rodrigo Solis 3-7-2
Feb 22, 2008 • Salon Marbet Plus, Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, México, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Axel Rodrigo Solis by KO in Round 1 of 8
Win vs Sean Holley 8-21-2
Dec 15, 2007 • Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Sean Holley by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Ricardo Cano 13-4-3
Aug 31, 2007 • Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Ricardo Cano by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Christian Solano 22-9-3
Aug 18, 2007 • Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Christian Solano by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jesus Abel Hernandez 16-13-1
Jun 01, 2007 • Salón de Eventos Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Jesus Abel Hernandez by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Victor Emilio Marquez 2-6-0
May 19, 2007 • Auditorio Benito Juarez, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Victor Emilio Marquez by KO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Ivan Illescas 4-5-0
Mar 30, 2007 • Salón de Eventos Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Ivan Illescas by KO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Javier Martinez 0-0-0
Mar 02, 2007 • Salón de Eventos Los Fresnos, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Javier Martinez by TKO in Round 8 of 10
Win vs Daniel Martinez 0-1-0
Dec 08, 2006 • Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Daniel Martinez by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Francisco Villanueva 4-5-0
Sep 29, 2006 • Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Francisco Villanueva by KO in Round 5 of 6
Win vs Cristian Hernandez 0-1-0
Sep 15, 2006 • Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Cristian Hernandez by KO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Juan Hernandez 2-2-0
Jul 21, 2006 • Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Juan Hernandez by KO in Round 2 of 6
Draw vs Jorge Juarez 3-6-0
Jun 17, 2006 • Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
Saul Alvarez DRAWS with Jorge Juarez by SD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Pedro Lopez 0-0-1
Feb 10, 2006 • Men´s Club, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Pedro Lopez by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Pablo Alvarado 0-1-0
Nov 26, 2005 • Arena Chololo Larios, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Pablo Alvarado by KO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Abraham Gonzalez 0-1-0
Oct 29, 2005 • Arena Chololo Larios, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico
Saul Alvarez WINS against Abraham Gonzalez by TKO in Round 4 of 4
Saul Alvarez Bio
Boxing legend and future first ballot Hall of Famer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has already established a Hall of Fame legacy, having won titles through four weight classes. Even with all of his accomplishments, the best may be yet to come for the current undisputed super middleweight world champion.
A Star Is Born
Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan was born on July 18, 1990, the youngest of eight siblings comprising seven boys and one girl. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Alvarez’s skin complexion differed from those of his family members. He was a red-haired, freckle-faced baby, who was later bullied by childhood classmates.
All of the Alvarez boys were boxers, and, by the age of 10, Saul’s interest in pugilism had reached its peak, motivating the youngest son to use his fists to take out his frustrations and rage on those who teased him.
"When I was a little kid, I was always fighting,” Alvarez said. “I was always beating the other kids up.”
Alvarez found his way to Guadalajara's famed Julian Magdaleno Gym, where the father-and-son training team of Chepo and Eddy Reynoso quickly took notice and nicknamed him, “Canelo,” the Spanish word for “Cinnamon.”
Canelo was 11 when he watched elder sibling Rigoberto's professional debut. Rigoberto held an interim world title at junior middleweight.
"My older brother is the one who got me started in boxing," Canelo said. "He's the one who inspired me."
Canelo went 44–2 (12 KOs) as an amateur starting at the age of 13, winning a silver medal at the Junior Mexican National Championships and becoming the Junior Mexican National Champion after that. After two years, the Reynosos convinced Alvarez’s parents to let their youngest son turn pro because they could no longer find amateur opponents.
A 15-year-old Alvarez made his professional debut with a fourth-round TKO of Abraham Gonzalez in September 2005, also stopping his second opponent, Pablo Alvarado, in the second round that November.
Alvarez went 6-0-1 (5 KOs) in 2006, winning a split-decision in just his third fight over future champion Wilfredo Vasquez (January) and battling to a draw with Jorge Juarez (June) in his fifth bout.
In 2007, Alvarez stopped five opponents in seven victories, even as he had to go the distance for 10- and 12-round unanimous decisions over Christian Solano and Ricardo Cano on August 18th and 31st.
Alvarez rose to 23-0-1 (16 KOs) in 2008 by going 8-0 (4 KOs), including a pair of first-round knockouts. That run included an 11th-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Gabriel Martinez in April, a 10-round unanimous decision in a rematch with Wilfredo Vazquez in June, and a first-round TKO of hammer-fisted Raul Pinzon in December.
Martinez entered at 17-0-1 (9 KOs), and Pinzon at 16-1 (15 KOs), the latter having previously lost by a 10-round, majority decision to then undefeated, Euri Gonzalez, who entered their bout with a mark of 14-0-1. Alvarez had fought almost exclusively in Mexico before hammering Pinzon at Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort in Miami.
A Heavy Hitter
So talented was Alvarez that, in 2009, he stopped six straight opponents. Among Alvarez’s stoppages in 2009 were that in the first round over Luis Antonio Fitch (January), an 11th-round TKO of Euri Gonzalez (February) and a 10th-round TKO of Carlose Leonardo Herrera (September).
Alvarez ended the year with a near shutout 12-round unanimous decision (119-110 twice, 120-108) that December over Lanardo Tyner, who entered at 21-2 (13 KOs).
The stoppage streak continued for Alvarez in 2010, where he went 5-0 (4 KOs).
That run included a three-knockdown third-round of Brian Camechis (March), a one-knockdown, ninth-round TKO of Jose Miguel Cotto (May) and a two-knockdown, sixth-round TKO of Luciano Leonel Cuello (July).
Cotto entered at 31-1-1 (23 KOs) and is the older brother of the-former three-time, world champion, Miguel Cotto. Cuello came in at 26-1 (12 KOs), his lone previous loss coming by decision to former champion Julio Cesar Chavez.
There was also a one-knockdown ninth-round knockout of former champion Carlos Baldomir (September).
Alvarez used a short, yet powerful overhand right to floor Baldomir, who pitched forward face-first, sat up and rolled to his right but could not beat the count.
In defeating Baldomir, Alvarez stopped for only the second time in his career a man who had gone the distance with former champions Floyd Mayweather and Vernon Forrest. Baldomir’s biggest wins had been against champions Joshua Clottey, Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti, the latter by ninth-round knockout.
Alvarez ended 2010 with December’s unanimous decision over Lovemore Ndou.
Becoming World Champion, Beating World Champions
Alvarez went 4-0 (3 KOs) in 2011, following a 12-round unanimous decision over Englishman Matthew Hatton (March) for the WBC super welterweight crown in with TKOs over Ryan Rhodes (June), Alfonso Gomez (September) and former champion Kermit Cintron (November).
Alvarez ended Hatton’s 8-0-1 unbeaten streak, and Rhodes was riding a 10-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts. Gomez had won five straight bouts, including a sixth-round stoppage of former belt holder Jose Luis Castillo, and had also defeated Arturo Gatti by a sixth-round knockout.
In 2012, Alvarez’s fourth and fifth title defenses came via a 12-round unanimous decision over three-division champion and two-time Oscar De La Hoya-conqueror Shane Mosley (May) and a three-knockdown, fifth-round stoppage of Josesito Lopez (September).
Alvarez scored a unanimous decision unification victory over southpaw Austin Trout in April 2013, adding Trout’s WBA crown to his WBC title. But Alvarez’s six title defenses were ended by a majority decision loss to the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013, a bout that dethroned the then-23-year-old as WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion.
Alvarez rebounded in 2014 with a 10th-round TKO of former champion Alfredo Angulo in March followed in July by a split-decision over left-handed Cuban two-division champion Erislandy Lara, the latter entering at 19-1-2 (12 KOs).
In 2015, Alvarez followed a third-round TKO of left-handed title challenger James Kirkland (May) – who entered at 32-1 (28 KOs) – by earning his second crown in as many divisions via unanimous decision, dethroning Puerto Rican four-division titlist and legend Miguel Cotto (November) as WBC middleweight champion.
“Canelo is precise, economical and we’re starting to see more wrinkles in his game as he grows exponentially in the footwork, head movement, feints and the way he parries shots,” said boxing commentator Ray Flores. “Oh, and by the way, he hits like a Mack truck, which makes him the most complete fighter we’ve seen in a long time.”
Alvarez made two title defenses in 2016, a sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan (May) and a three-knockdown, ninth-round KO of Liam Smith (September), who entered at 23-0-1 (16 KOs).
In 2017, Alvarez rose in weight for a non-title unanimous decision victory in a 164-pound all-Mexican clash over former champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (May) before battling to a draw with unbeaten IBF/WBA/WBC title holder Gennady Golovkin (September).
Becoming a Legend
Alvarez and Golovkin met again in September 2018. This time, “Canelo” outboxed and outpunched Golovkin to win a 12-round majority decision victory, dethroning Golovkin and becoming the new unified world middleweight world champion. In December 2018, he would move up to super middleweight and capture the WBA title with a four-knockdown, third-round TKO of champion Rocky Fielding.
Back at 160 in May 2019, Alvarez won a 12-round unanimous decision over southpaw Daniel Jacobs, adding Jacobs’ IBF crown to his WBA and WBC titles.
Alvarez then rose two weight classes in November 2019 to become a four-division champion, scoring a sensational 11th-round knockout over WBO 175-pound titleholder Sergey Kovalev. The KO left “The Crusher” on his knees, out cold and sagging against ring ropes that held him up.
Returning to 168 in December 2020, Alvarez won a 12-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Callum Smith in a clash for the division’s WBA and WBC crowns. The younger brother of Liam Smith, Callum entered at 27-0 (19 KOs).
Now the face of boxing, Alvarez kicked off 2021 with a third-round KO of challenger Avni Yildirum in February. He added the WBO 168-pound title to his collection that May when he stopped previously unbeaten southpaw Billy Joe Saunders (May) in front of a raucous crowd of 73,126 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The win set the stage for a showdown versus undefeated IBF super middleweight champ Caleb Plant in a battle to crown the first ever undisputed 168-pound champion in the four-belt era. The highly anticipated battle took place on November 6, 2021, in front of a sold-out crowd at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Plant flashed the boxing skills that made him a champion but Alvarez was unrelenting, scoring two knockdowns in the eleventh to force a stoppage in that frame and not only become the first undisputed 168-pound champion in the four-belt era but also being the first fighter of Mexican descent to accomplish the feat.
By defeating Plant, Alvarez had secured his fifth stoppage in seven bouts, a victory over an undefeated champion for the seventh time, and one over an unbeaten rival for the eighth, all on the 45th birthday of his trainer, Eddy Reynoso.
“This means so much for the history of Mexico to become an undisputed champion,” Alvarez said. “There are only six undisputed champions in history. It keeps me happy and very motivated to be one of the six.”
Alvarez split bouts in 2022, losing by unanimous decision to unbeaten WBA 175-pound champion Dimitrio Bivol in May before dominating Golovkin via unanimous decision in their third bout to to successfully defend his undisputed 168-pound title.
In May 2022, Alvarez notched his sixth defense of those belts, winning a wide unanimous decision over John Ryder.
Alvarez’s legacy places in rare air among his countrymen, which includes greats such as as three-division champions Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera, four-division title winners Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales and long-reigning champions Salvador Sanchez and Ruben Olivares.
“I’m not afraid to say that Canelo is on top of all the great Mexican fighters,” said three-time champion Abner Mares. “Right now Canelo is the man. He is the face of boxing. Every Mexican champion deserves his respect, and Canelo has done it in his time.”
“I don’t want to compare myself to great Mexican champions of the past," Alvarez said. “I just want to go out and make my own history. In the end, I want to be considered one of the best along with the legends who came before me.”