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Canelo Alvarez record: Career fight results, stats, titles, highlights

Canelo Alvarez record: Career fight results, stats, titles, highlightsDAZN
We take a look at the impressive resume Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has built up to this point in his career.

Canelo Alvarez is quite arguably the biggest boxing star in the world.

Alvarez, 32, has been boxing professionally since he was 15 years old. He has won multiple world titles in four different weight classes, including his most recent fight, when he jumped up two weight classes in November and knocked out Sergey Kovalev in the 11th round to win the WBO light heavyweight title. 

In October 2018, Alvarez signed a five-year, 11-fight contract worth at least $365 million with the sports streaming service DAZN. The deal was the biggest in sports at the time (Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout would later sign an 12-year, 426.5 million deal). Alvarez's deal eclipsed the terms of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s six-fight, 30-month contract with Showtime that had a guarantee of $200 million, although Mayweather earned additional money from the PPV revenue generated from the deal.

Here's a look at what Alvarez has done up to this point in his historic career.

Canelo Alvarez career fight results

Fight results

Canelo Alvarez def. John Ryder by unanimous decisionSept. 17, 2022
Canelo Alvarez def. Gennadiy Golovkin by unanimous decisionSept. 17, 2022
Dmitry Bivol def. Canelo Alvarez via unanimous decisionMay 7, 2022
Canelo Alvarez def. Caleb Plant by 11th-round TKONov. 6, 2021
Canelo Alvarez def. Billy Joe Saunders by eighth-round RTDMay. 5, 2021
Canelo Alvarez def. Avni Yildirim by third-round RTDFeb. 27, 2021
Canelo Alvarez def. Callum Smith by unaminous decisionDec. 19, 2020
Canelo Alvarez def. Sergey Kovalev by 11th-round KONov. 2, 2019
Canelo Alvarez def. Daniel Jacobs by unanimous decisionMay 4, 2019
Canelo Alvarez def. Rocky Fielding by third-round TKODec. 15, 2018
Canelo Alvarez def. Gennadiy Golovkin by majority decisionSept. 15, 2018
Canelo Alvarez and Gennadiy Golovkin, split drawSept. 16, 2017
Canelo Alvarez def. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. by unanimous decisionMay 6, 2017
Canelo Alvarez def. Liam Smith by ninth-round KOSept. 17, 2016
Canelo Alvarez def. Amir Khan by sixth-round KOMay 7, 2016
Canelo Alvarez def. Miguel Cotto by unanimous decisionNov. 21, 2015
Canelo Alvarez def. James Kirkland by third-round KOMay 9, 2015
Canelo Alvarez def. Erislandy Lara by split decisionJuly 12, 2014
Canelo Alvarez def. Alfredo Angulo by 10th-round TKOMarch 8, 2014
Floyd Mayweather def. Canelo Alvarez by majority decisionSept. 14, 2013
Canelo Alvarez def. Austin Trout by unanimous decisionApril 20, 2013
Canelo Alvarez def. Josesito Lopez by fifth-round TKOSept. 15, 2012
Canelo Alvarez def. Shane Mosley by unanimous decisionMay 5, 2012
Canelo Alvarez def. Kermit Cintron by fifth-round TKONov. 26, 2011
Canelo Alvarez def. Alfonso Gomez by sixth-round TKOSept. 17, 2011
Canelo Alvarez def. Ryan Rhodes by 12th-round TKOJune 18, 2011
Canelo Alvarez def. Matthew Hatton by unanimous decisionMarch 5, 2011
Canelo Alvarez def. Lovemore N'dou by unanimous decisionDec. 4, 2010
Canelo Alvarez def. Carlos Baldomir by sixth-round KOSept. 18, 2010
Canelo Alvarez def. Luciano Leonel Cuello by sixth-round TKOJuly 10, 2010
Canelo Alvarez def. Jose Cotto by ninth-round TKOMay 1, 2010
Canelo Alvarez def. Brian Camechis by third-round KOMarch 6, 2010
Canelo Alvarez def. Lanardo Tyner by unanimous decisionDec. 5, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Carlos Leonardo Herrera by first-round TKOSept. 15, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Marat Khuzeev by second-round KOAug. 8, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Jeferson Luis Goncalo by ninth-round KOJune 6, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Michel Rosales by 10th-round TKOApril 11, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Euri Gonzalez by 11th-round TKOFeb. 21, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Luis Antonio Fitch by first-round TKOJan. 17, 2009
Canelo Alvarez def. Raul Pinzon by first-round TKODec. 5, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Larry Mosley by unanimous decisionOct. 24, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Carlos Adan Jerez by unanimous decisionAug. 2, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Miguel Vazquez by unanimous decisionJune 28, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Francisco Villanueva by split decisionJune 6, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Gabriel Martinez by retirement in the 11th-roundApril 18, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Francisco Villanueva by ninth-round TKOMarch 14, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Axel Rodrigo Solis by first-round knockoutFeb. 22, 2008
Canelo Alvarez def. Sean Holley by second-round TKODec. 15, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Ricardo Cano by unanimous decisionAug. 31, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Christian Solano by unanimous decisionAug. 18, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Jesus Abel Hernandez by second-round TKOJune 1, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Víctor Marquez by fourth-round KOMay 19, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Ivan Illescas by fourth-round KOMarch 30, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Javier Martinez by eighth-round TKOMarch 2, 2007
Canelo Alvarez def. Daniel Martinez by second-round KODec. 8, 2006
Canelo Alvarez def. Francisco Villanueva by fifth-round KOSept. 29, 2006
Canelo Alvarez def. Cristian Hernandez by second-round KOSept. 15, 2006
Canelo Alvarez def. Juan Hernandez by second-round KOJuly 21, 2006
Canelo Alvarez and Jorge Juarez, split drawJune 17, 2006
Canelo Alvarez def. Pedro Lopez by first-round KOFeb. 10, 2006
Canelo Alvarez def. Miguel Vazquez by split decisionJan. 20, 2006
Canelo Alvarez def. Pablo Alvarado by second-round KONov. 26, 2005
Canelo Alvarez def. Abraham Gonzalez by fourth-round TKOOct. 29, 2005

Canelo Alvarez age, height, weight class, reach, titles

  • Birth name: Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán​
  • Nickname: Canelo (Cinnamon)
  • Birthday: July 18, 1990
  • Age: 33
  • Birthplace: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Nationality: Mexican
  • Division: Junior Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight
  • Height: 5-9
  • Reach: 70 1/2 inches
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Total Fights: 56
  • Career record: 53-1-2
  • Wins by knockout: 36
  • World titles held (current): Unified WBA (Super), WBC (Franchise) Ring magazine and lineal middleweight champion and WBA (Regular) super middleweight champion
  • World titles held (past): WBA (Unified), WBC, WBO and Ring junior middleweight champion, IBF middleweight title, WBO light heavyweight titleholder  
  • Last fight: Win against John Ryder in May 2023
  • Next fight: Jermell Charlo September 30 live on DAZN in UK and ROI only

Notable career highlights

Canelo Alvarez's first fight: Oct. 29, 2005

Everyone has to start somewhere. For Alvarez, his pro debut took place on Oct. 29, 2005 at Arena Chololo Larios in Tonala, Mexico against Abraham Gonzalez. Alvarez garnered the first win and stoppage of his career, beating Gonzalez by fourth-round TKO.

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Unanimous decision win over Shane Mosley: May 5, 2012

In the first 40 fights of his career, Alvarez hadn't really faced a name fighter that would resonate with the American audience. He got that opportunity when he was featured on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s showdown with Miguel Cotto, clashing with three-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley.

Alvarez made easy work of Mosley, winning a lopsided unanimous decision to retain his WBC junior middleweight title for his first signature win.

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Unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto to become middleweight champion: Nov. 21, 2015

There were several questions heading into Alvarez's bout with Miguel Cotto: How would Alvarez handle the pressure of a big fight coming off his first-career loss, against Mayweather? What did he learn from the Mayweather fight? How he would handle fighting for the first time in his career above 154 pounds?

Those questions were all answered in emphatic fashion as Alvarez matured and became a more complete boxer against Cotto. Alvarez showcased improvements both offensively and defensively as he utilized his proficient counterpunching to propel him to a unanimous decision victory and the WBC middleweight championship.

The fight did better than expected on PPV, generating more than 900,000 buys and $58 million at the time to become the first event not headlined by Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao or Oscar De La Hoya to do over 900,000 PPV buys. 

This fight made Alvarez one of the top stars in the sport, as it showed he could carry the load and deliver numbers that only a select few could do.

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Dethroning "GGG" to reign supreme at 160 pounds: Sept. 15, 2018

Questions surrounded Alvarez coming into the rematch with Golovkin. Many felt Golovkin did enough to win their first fight in September 2017. Alvarez's reputation was also on the line after receiving a six-month suspension for a pair of failed drug tests in February 2018, which postponed the second clash from May to September. 

Instead of allowing Golovkin to be the aggressor, Alvarez altered his counter-punching style and showed a willingness to stand toe-to-toe with GGG, as he met his rival in the middle of the ring and slugged it out with him from the opening bell.

Alvarez was able to walk down GGG during several key moments of the fight and pounded the body with his signature left hook. The nip-and-tuck affair was tightly contested as both had their moments, but Alvarez's shift in the game plan and aggressive approach earned the majority decision nod to capture the WBA (Super) and WBC middleweight belts.

Making history vs. Sergey Kovalev: Nov. 2, 2019

Alvarez had three of the four major middleweight world titles at middleweight. But instead of trying to become the undisputed 160-pound champion, Alvarez dared to make more history by jumping up two weight classes to battle WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev.

Kovalev had reigned supreme over the 175-pound division for the majority of the decade, but his better days were behind him. Kovalev performed better than expected by utlizing the jab to perfection and having Alvarez on the ropes. Ultimately, though, Alvarez's power showed it could have an effect 15 pounds above his usual fighting weight, as he knocked out Kovalev to become a four-division world champion.

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