Take a look into the mind of Mexican Boxing superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and see how he prepares for a fight in this rare video showing off his sparring sessions versus another middleweight contender Derek Innis. Check it out.
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Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (American Spanish: [saˈul ˈalβaɾes]; born July 18, 1990), best known as Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, is a Mexican professional boxer. He has held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the Ring magazine middleweight title since 2015. Previously he had two reigns as light middleweight world champion, holding the WBA (Unified), WBC, and Ring titles between 2011 and 2013, and the WBO title from 2016 to 2017. At middleweight he also held the WBC and lineal titles between 2015 and 2017.
As of February 2018, Álvarez is ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; fourth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) and ESPN; and fifth by The Ring. He is also ranked as the world’s best active middleweight by BoxRec, and fourth by the TBRB. Álvarez is known as an excellent counterpuncher, being able to exploit openings in his opponents’ guards while avoiding punches with head and body movement. He is also known as a formidable body puncher.
In March 2018, Álvarez tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol ahead of a scheduled fight against Gennady Golovkin, receiving a six month suspension. 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. Both of Canelo’s parents are Mexican of Spanish origin.[time needed] Growing up on his family’s farm, he learned horseback riding, which he continues today.
Álvarez 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 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. 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. 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.