Few would argue that Canelo Alvarez is one of the greatest boxers of our time. The redheaded Mexican stormed through the professional ring for over a decade and a half now. The Guadalajara-born fighter won multiple world titles in four weight classes, showing abilities to dominate both light and heavy opponents.
Canelo Alvarez’s record shows that before his third clash versus Gennady Golovkin, he won 57 out of 61 fights, 39 ending with the rival knocked out. It is a challenging task to name his most glorious victories. Well, there are some shiny moments that no one can deny. So, let’s highlight the brightest moments in the Mexican’s career.
Alvarez vs. Badomir
Saul Alvarez, as his real name is, was raised in a household full of athletes. He is the youngest of eight children, and all his six brothers made careers as boxers. It was the one who was born last to shine the most. Canelo made an impact early in his career, way before hitting the central stage.
Legends surround his activity a year and a half after he turned pro. He knocked out eleven of his first 13 opponents, but there are claims that he got victorious in much more fights. Still, almost half of them went away without being documented. Canelo Alvarez, which in Spanish stands for “cinnamon” (which comes from the red hair), defeated twice future IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vázquez on his way to international glory.
But the one particular match-up that helped Alvarez make his name was against the former WBC welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir. Before the fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the Argentinian stated that he wanted the undercard winner between Mora and Mosley after he knocked out Canelo. Well, it never happened. It was the Mexican who was triumphant at the end. Alvarez knocked out his foe from Argentina to show the world he was ready for something big.
Alvarez vs. Cintron
Canelo Alvarez never got the chance to meet the mighty Manny Pacquiao for the light middleweight title since the Filipino declared that he had no intention to defend the WBC ring. Alvarez was the next in line to fight for the championship, which was claimed vacant by the respective organization. On March 5, 2011, the Mexican storm hit the European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton to take the WBC light middleweight belt.
Saul twice retained his title after TKOs against Ryan Rhodes and Alfonso Gomez. The third defense was a success too. Alvarez met Kermit Cintron, and the former welterweight champion soon got into trouble. Canelo knocked down the opponent in the fourth round, but the bell saved the Puertorican. There was no way in the fifth, and the Mexican achieved another victory.
Alvarez vs. Mosley
Canelo made a mark with his win number 40 on the professional ring. The Guadalajara storm met the former Fighter of the Year Shane Mosley, who was indeed well past his prime.
But defeating a big name is never a bad thing to do. The veteran, famous for his clashes with Oscar de la Hoya at the turn of the century, made late attempts to revive his career. But the American was well in his forties and appeared unable to get a hold of the Mexican champion. Indeed, Mosley made it to the final round, but Alvarez was victorious on all three scorecards.
Alvarez vs. Cotto
Canelo Alvarez retained his WBC light middleweight title twice, defeating Josesito Lopez and Austin Trout. On September 14, 2013, he hit prime time, meeting the legend Floyd Mayweather in Paradise, Nevada. In his 44th professional fight, Alvarez got the taste of defeat, losing his WBA, WBC, and The Ring titles at once.
It took the Guadalajara man three fights to get to another championship showdown. On November 21, 2015, Álvarez met Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas t a catchweight of 155 lbs at Puertorican’s request. Canelo won the WBC, Ring, and lineal middleweight titles by a unanimous decision.
Alvarez vs. Khan
The next challenge for Canelo Alvarez was encountering the youngest British Olympic medalist, Amir Khan. The Bolton-born boxer reached global fame early in his career, clinching the world title for pros at 22.
For the May 2016 fight, King Khan moved up two weight classes with the explicit purpose of getting over the Guadalajara champion. But the British boxer was nowhere near that goal. Canelo KO-ed his opponent with a furious right-hand blow to retain his WBC and The Ring belts.
Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin
After defeating Khan, Alvarez immediately challenged Gennady Golovkin to get on the ring. Soon after, the red-haired champion vacated the WBC title, awarded to the Kazakhstan boxer. Anyway, the direct clash had to wait. Before meeting GGG, Canelo knocked out Liam Smith to win the WBO belt. Later, the cinnamon boy got in the ring with another former world champion, his compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., winning after UD.
Finally, Alvarez was set to meet Golovkin on September 16, 2017, in Paradise, Nevada. The bout ended in a controversial draw, enough for the Mexican to retain his titles. It took an entire year minus a day to make the rematch a reality. The second fight was preceded by controversies, including Canelo being tested for a banned substance. The Guadalajara boy was suspended for six months. So, the rematch finally came to be on September 15, 2018, in the same venue. Alvarez won by a majority decision after two judges scored in his favor, and one had a draw on the scorecard. However, the second fight was not convincing enough to say who was the better of both boxers. And four years later, the moment for the last chapter of the Trilogy is finally here.
Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev
Three months after the second bout against GGG, Canelo moved up to the super middleweight division to fight Rocky Fielding in Madison Square Garden. The Mexican achieved another milestone in his career in a one-sided fight, ending with a Technical Knock Out in the third round. Later, Alvarez moved back to the middleweight to get a win against Daniel Jacobs.
The next big thing for the red-haired boxer was meeting Sergey Kovalev for the WBO title. This time Canelo moved up two classes to fight for the light heavyweight championship. In Las Vegas, the Guadalajara-born champion won with a KO in the 11th round. With this victory, Alvarez achieved a fantastic milestone, becoming a four-division champion. At the end of 2019, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was named the fighter of the year.
Alvarez vs. Callum Smith
It took more than a year to see the Mexican again on the professional ring. In December 2020, Canelo met undefeated Callum Smith for the WBA (Super), The Ring, and the vacant WBC super middleweight titles. The Englishman seemed to be in a better position having a much longer reach than the Guadalajara boxer.
However, Alvarez again proved a dominant force in the championship bout. Canelo won by a unanimous decision to clinch his 54th pro win.
Alvarez vs. Saunders
Alvarez successfully defended his throne against Avni Yildirim. Still, the next bout presented a real challenge to the Mexican boxing star. Canelo faced WBO titleholder and undefeated two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders in a unification bout on May 8, 2021.
The fight in Arlington, Texas, was preceded by disputes between both camps regarding the size of the ring. The British boxer demanded a larger ring, threatening t
o pull out of the fight. Alvarez settled for a 22-foot ring, claiming he has no concerns about this aspect. And the Guadalajara fighting machine proved to be of better quality. He won after placing a powerful uppercut in the eighth round, leading to an orbital bone fracture and subsequent Saunders’ retirement.
Alvarez vs. Plant
The last big win to date big win to date for Alvarez was achieved against Caleb Plant. The bout took place in MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, where the American arrived as the undefeated IBF champion. Canelo received criticism over igniting a scuffle with his opponent supposedly because of a curse used by Sweethands.
Anyway, there was no controversy about how the Mexican won the bout. Alvarez punched Plant so hard in the 11th round, which led to a victory by TKO. Canelo recorded win 57 in his professional career, adding the IBF belt to the WBA (Super), WBC, WBO, and The Ring super middleweight titles.
Well, finally, Dmitry Bivol defeated Alvarez, delivering him only the second loss in the professional ring. But with so many triumphant moments, there is no wonder why Canelo Alvarez’s net worth is estimated at roughly over $100 million. And the next big win may be just around the corner.
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