Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán Alias ‘Canelo’ is a Mexican professional boxer well-known for his exemplary career in the Light Middleweight division. Having red hair and a freckled face, Saul is not your average Mexican warrior look alike. Although some of his attributes and habits are similar to other top fighters.
If you judge Canelo by his boyish looks you could be forgiven, if you over looked his boxing ability.
Just one hard look at the hard-hitting WBC junior middleweight champ (former) in the ring. And his achievements in this competitive sport is can clearly be understood. It’s obvious Canelo is firmly following in the footsteps of the greats from his country such as:
His achievements and accolades in the boxing ring have not only made him a highly respectable young fighter from his home country. His prowess gives him national as well as global demand around the entire Latino and fighting community.
In 2005 October 29th, three days after celebrating his 15th birthday, Canelo successfully made his pro debut. Canelo successfully stopped Abraham Gonzalez in the fourth round of their bout in Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico.
After this successful fight in Canelo’s favor, he had three more wins in his favor. In June 2006, Canelo was involved in a four-round bout that ended in a draw for him and Jorge Juarez. The bookies (betting shops) became the order of the day after eleven wins via knockout in the thirteen bouts that Canelo was involved in.
Saul Alvarez’s success in the ring saw him win the Jalisco State welterweight title as he continued his promising career.
The Successful 2008 Run
Betting shops across the world were in favor of Canelo by 2008. Furthermore, these years were big for Canelo. Saul successfully won eight matches in a row of which half of the matches saw him win by way of a knockout.
Alvarez expertly won the WBA Fedecentro welterweight title with a 12-round decision win over the then-unbeaten Gabriel Martinez in the month of April of 2007.
The Canelo vs. Martinez fight was the first fight in which Canelo was broadcast on US television, and he surely didn’t disappoint. He garnered a whole lot of fans who were excited that he brought a fresh style into the game.
In the month of August, Saul Alvarez was back in the ring defending his title. After a ten-round bout and unanimous win over Carlos Adan Jerez (a veteran) in the spot, Canelo retained the title.
On October 24th, Saul “El Canelo” debuted in the US market with a win over the talented Larry Mosley through a clear-cut 10 round victory win at the California-based Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon.
2008 ended with a bang for Canelo. He successfully won a first-round bout with a total knockout beating Raul Pinzon.
The Winning Streak of 2009
Canelo’s 2009 campaign saw an enormous amount of bets being made.
On the 17th of January 2009, Canelo opened his year of fighting with a successful first-round TKO win over Antonio Fitch. The bout saw him scoop the NABF welterweight title.
Again all the betting odds were in Canelo and many people who jump on the odds were not disappointed. Canelo continued his relentless focus and fought ferociously notching up a further six more bouts in 2009.
In the month of February, Canelo continued his winning streak and was involved in an 11-round bout successfully destroying Euri Gonzalez to lift the WBO Latino title.
In the month of April Canelo was in the spotlight again, successfully defending his NABF belt in a ten-round win over the highly regarded Michael Rosales.
In June Saul Alvarez went into the ring again and won the match between him and Jefferson Goncalo winning by a knock-out in the 9th round.
He wasted no time in August when Canelo beat Marat Khuzeev with a knock-out in the second round. This apparently was just a warm up as in September during the first round of the bout Canelo knocked out Carlos Herrera.
This fight saw Canelo up his record to 29-0-1 with twenty-two knock-outs under his belt.
In the final month of the year, Canelo finished his 2009 run successfully. He ended on a high note of a near shutdown 12-round decision in his favor over Lanardo Tyner.
2010 The Year Of Contracts
At the beginning of the year in January 2010, Canelo got a contract (promotional) with Golden Boy Promotions. The contract was the footing he needed to up his game, and sure enough he successfully won a world championship title.
Saul Alvarez successfully defended the NABF title through a third-round knocking out of Brian Camechis in March and in the month of May Canelo successfully halted the highly-acclaimed Jose Miguel Cotto through a bout that went on for nine rounds.
On July 10th Canelo won through a six round bout stopping Luciano Cuello winning the vacant WBC silver junior middleweight title.
And on the 18th of September, Saul Alvarez graced the Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center to fight the legendary welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir. Canelo made the history books as the second man to knock-out this legendary champ through a six-round bout.
In the final month of 2010 he won a unanimous decision from the judges, and Saul Alvarez successfully ended his breakout year winning a 12-round bout over Lovemore N’dou.
2011 The Year Of Titles
On March 5th of 2011, Canelo engaged in the first bout of the season. He fought British representative Matthew Hatton, successfully winning the vacant WBC junior middleweight title via a near shout out victory.
This success against british boxers was duplicated on June 18 of 2011, as Canelo successfully defended his crown, fighting another British fighter (Sheffield’s) Ryan Rhodes.
Bettors watching the match were thrilled by his skills displayed ending the bout by beating the longtime veteran through a twelve-round win in Mexico.
Canelo’s win set his native nation on fire as this match broke boxing views and set new records across the country. In the month of September 2011, Canelo had another incredible run successfully stopping Alfonso Gomez in the sixth round. Canelo wound down the year in style in a fifth-round win over former champion Kermit Cintron.
After having successful 2012, 2013, and 2014 career. 2015 is the year that Saul Canelo Alvarez, the former WBC, WBA (regular) and Lightweight Middleweight Champion is looking forward to making new records and his next fight. Saul Canelo Alvarez is promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
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This article was written by Tony Samboras who has a passion for boxing. He is a fan many sports and when he is not catching up on the latest sporting news he is writing for a free betting bookmaker based in Australia.