Canelo Álvarez children are described as his greatest treasure, keeping the boxer grounded and humble despite his success in the ring, which has seen him become one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. Álvarez’s son Canelo Alvarez Jr was born just six weeks before he fought Floyd Mayweather in 2013. His daughter, Nina Alvarez, was born later that year and his third child, Leo Nunez Alvarez, arrived on Boxing Day 2016 – just 12 days before he defeated Amir Khan in Las Vegas to claim the WBC middleweight title.
Who is Canelo Álvarez?
Born in 1980, Canelo Álvarez is a Mexican professional boxer. He is the current WBO (World Boxing Organization) and Ring Magazine Light Middleweight Champion. Álvarez was born into poverty in Mexico City, where he learned boxing skills from his father at an early age. His father died when he was just 11 years old, but Álvarez continued to pursue boxing as a means of providing for his family.
What are the basics of his early life?
Álvarez was born in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on October 17, 1990. His parents were José Álvarez and Amalia Hermosillo. He is the youngest of five children. As a child, Álvarez boxed at the La Nueva Esperanza gym in El Arenal neighborhood with his brothers who were also boxers: Juan Francisco (nicknamed Fino), David Alejandro (El Pelucas) and Ricardo Enrique (Ricky). When he was 13 years old, Álvares won six gold medals in boxing at the national level.
What was he like as a child?
At the age of 20, Álvarez became a father to his first child, a son named Canelo Álvarez Jr. During that same year, he became the mandatory challenger for the WBC light middleweight title after defeating future hall of famer Sugar Shane Mosley. Even though he had just become a father, Álvarez knew what he needed to do in order to succeed in the sport.
He says I was already fighting on ESPN2 and they were talking about me like I was this big star when I had just turned pro. This year, Álvalez has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as well as being ranked as one of ESPNs top 100 fighters ever.
How did this upbringing shape him?
Álvarez was a natural fighter, winning his first amateur fight by knockout at the age of 14. He would go on to win five national championships in four different weight classes, as well as one world championship. As he emerged as boxing’s next superstar, Álvarez found himself surrounded by people who wanted to take advantage of him.
But he credits his upbringing for keeping him grounded and humble. I had to grow up fast, Álvarez said in a recent interview with HBO Sports. I didn’t have any friends because I was always training or fighting. Álvarez says that his father made sure that he never got too big for his britches: He always tells me that nobody owes me anything.
What happened in his boxing career after this success?
Alvarez has been a world champion at light middleweight, super welterweight and unified WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, Ring Magazine Middleweight world champion. He is only one of three boxers in the history of boxing to win world titles in three weight divisions. The other two are Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Fenech. Alvarez has held the Ring Magazine title since 2013 as well as successfully defending it five times before his recent victory against Gennady Golovkin on September 16th 2018. The Mexican fighter is currently considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world and continues to push himself through difficult matches while also balancing his professional life with fatherhood.
Alvarez spends his time training with Abel Sanchez who helped make him into an international champion over ten years ago. They work together every day which means that he also gets support from this incredible trainer during tough moments for him or for his family members when they need him most.
Sanchez said that Canelo always does what he needs to do in order to keep winning but still remains humble because he knows where he comes from: He was raised by a poor family who struggled financially.
What are his plans now?
Álvarez spoke to TMZ Sports in the video, I want to make history again. I want to make history for my country. That’s what I’m focused on. He also said that he does not see himself as the best fighter in the world just yet. It sounds crazy, but it feels like I can do more, Álvarez added. There are things I haven’t accomplished yet. I want to be the man who has unified every belt at middleweight. I don’t feel like I’ve done everything with boxing.
After being asked if he wants a rematch against Gennady Golovkin, Álvarez answered: We’ll find out soon. It will depend on how his hand is doing. If his hand recovers well, then yes we’re looking forward to that fight. But right now we’re going after the other champions at 160 pounds. Right now there’s no one calling me out besides him (Golovkin).