Saul Alvarez is a professional boxer from Mexico. Born on July 18. 1990, Alvarez fights n the welterweight division and is ranked second at super welterweight by the WBC. One of the top boxers in Mexico, Alvarez is promoted by Oscar de la Hoya.
Alzarez grew up in a family of boxers. Three brothers, Ramon, Ricardo and Rigoberto, are also welterweights. Unlike his brothers he has red hair, which he got from his mother, the reason why he was nicknamed Canelo, Spanish for ‘cinnamon.’ The monicker was given to him by trainer Jose Reynoso when the boxer was only 13 years old, the year when he started his amateur career. He won the silver medal at the 2004 Junior Mexican national championship in Sinaloa before winning the title in 2005. He fought in 20 amteur bouts before turning pro.
He got off to a good start, defeating current IBF lightweight Miguel vasquez in the third bout of his career. In 2010 he made his US debut and defeated Jose Miguel Cotto on the Mayweather and Mosley undercard in the MGM Grand Arena. His most recent match was against EBU Welterweight champion Matthew Hatton, whom he defeated by a unanimous decision. The fight took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim.