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Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán—better known professionally as “Canelo” Álvarez—is a Mexican boxer currently considered one of the most talented and successful working in the sport today. Since going pro, Álvarez has won multiple world championships in 2 different weight classes, including the Ring magazine middleweight title since 2015. As of 2018, he’s been ranked by BoxRec as the world’s best active boxer pound-for-pound, and the best active middleweight. His excellent body punch and counterpunch abilities draw thousands of fans to his matches. Grab tickets today to see this formidable boxer take on his opponents.
Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán is the youngest of 8 kids, 7 of which are boys who also went on to become professional boxers. Álvarez, who earned the nickname “canelo”—the Spanish word for cinnamon—due to his red hair, began boxing at 13 after watching his older brother debut as a pro boxer. A year later, he won the silver medal at the Junior Mexican National championships, and the next year, took the gold. Since then, he’s gone on to work with boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya and become one of Mexico’s most highly revered athletes. In 2018, get tickets to see him take on his rivals such as Kazakh boxer Gennady Golovkin at his annual Cinco de Mayo match.