Canelo Alvarez Bio: Girlfriends, Kids, Net worth & Boxing

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Santos Saul “Canelo” Alvarez Barragan is a Mexican professional boxer who has won world championships in four weight divisions, from light middleweight to light heavyweight. His possible fight for 2023 would be a rematch fight against Russian Dmitry Bivol.

Many boxers have risen to the pinnacle throughout the centuries of boxing and have made their name in this challenging sport. One such name among the elite boxers is Canelo Alvarez.

He is famous for his excellent counterpunch, exploiting openings in his opponents’ guards and avoiding punches with head and body movement.

Canelo Alvarez, Mexican Professional Boxer
Canelo Alvarez, Mexican Professional Boxer (Source: CNN)

Canelo is named one of the world’s best active boxers, pound for pound, and is ranked #1 by The Ring, Boxing Writers Association of America.

Besides being a professional boxer, there is so much we don’t know about Canelo Alvarez. 

So, today in this article, we will learn more about Canelo’s life. Here we have mentioned all his details regarding his early life, age, weight, physical statistics, career, net worth, personal life, and many more. 

Before diving into the details, let’s first look at the quick facts table;

Quick Facts

Full Name Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan
Birth Date July 18, 1990
Age 33 years old
Birth Place Guadalajara, Mexico
Nick Name Canelo (“Cinnamon”)
Religion Unknown
Nationality Mexican
Ethnicity White
Education Unknown
Horoscope Cancer
Father’s Name Santos Alvarez
Mother’s Name Ana Maria Barragan
Siblings Six older brothers- Rigoberto Alvarez, Daniel Alvarez, Ricardo Alvarez, Gonzalo Alvarez, Victor Alvarez, Ramon Alvarez
One older sister-Ana Elda Alvarez
Younger half-brother from paternal side-Bryan Alvarez
Height 5’9″/1.75 m/175 cm
Weight 79 kg/167 lb.
Hair Color Reddish Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Measurement Chest: 41 inches
Waist: 33 inches
Biceps: 15 inches
Build Muscular
Married Single
Girlfriend No
Children Emily Cinnamon Alvarez 
Maria Fernanda Alvarez
Saul Adiel Alvarez
Mia Ener Alvarez
Profession Boxer
Net Worth $180 million
Affiliations TKO, WBA
Active Since 2005
Social Media Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
Merch Autographed Glove, Caps, & Sweatshirts
Last Update May, 2024

Early Life & Family

Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan professionally Canelo Alvarez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to parents Santos Alvarez and Ana Maria Barragan.

Although his family is originally from Los Reyes, Michoacán later moved to their current home at Juanacatlán, Jalisco.

Canelo was born as the youngest son in a big family of eight children, seven of them boys and one sister.

All Alvarez boys used to be very athletic since they were a kid. Among them, the older brother Rigoberto Alvarez first decided to take up boxing and became an example to his siblings.  

Canelo followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Rigoberto, and got into boxing. Additionally, two of his older brothers are also welterweight boxers, Ramon Alvarez and Ricardo Alvarez.

Canelo with his six older brothers
Canelo With His Brothers (Source: Twitter)

Alvarez first got in the ring at the age of 13, and since then, boxing has become an inseparable part of his life. As an amateur, Canelo participated in many boxing matches and even won the Junior Mexican National Championships twice in Mexico.

Canelo won his first gold medal before making his professional debut at the early age of 14. When Alvarez was just 20 years old, he also became the runner-up at WBC World Championship.

Age, Height & Body Measurements

Having born on July 18, 1990, makes Canelo 33 years old. Alvarez’s birthday falls under the star sign of Cancer, and people with this sign are supposed to be stubborn, energetic, and passionate.

Canelo fights in the Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight, Super middleweight, and Light heavyweight, which means that his weight varies depending upon the weight class. As of now, his recorded weight is 79 kg (167 pounds).

Canelo At The Gym
Canelo At The Gym (Source: Instagram)

The welterweight fighters are usually short, but that’s not the case with Canelo, as he stands at 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters). He also has a robust body, measuring 41 inches in the chest, 33 inches in the waist, and 15 inches in the biceps. 

Canelo has got an athletic physique thanks to his years of training. It has been 19 years since he started his professional boxing career, and still, to this date, he is fit to the bones.

The Mexican boxer has got a pair of brown eyes and reddish-brown hair. Interestingly, in Spanish, his name “Canelo” is the masculine word for cinnamon and is mostly used as a common nickname for people with red hair. 

Boxing Career

Shortly after winning the gold medal in 2005, Canelo started playing professionally. Generally, amateur boxers don’t make their debut at age 15, but Canelo made the jump simply because he was very talented and no amateur fighters wanted to fight him.

Though he was fighting professional boxers much older than him, he knocked out most of his opponents and kept his winning streak.

In his first 19 months as a professional, he knocked out 11 of his 13 opponents, all of whom were significantly older than him.

Alvarez During His Early Career
Alvarez During His Early Career (Source: Sky Sports)

Canelo started with several loud victories, and in 2008, he knocked out two of his rivals and won the prestigious ‘WBA Fedecentro” welterweight title. He continued his winning spree, and again in 2009, he won the ‘NABF’ and the ‘WBO Latino welterweight titles, defeating Mexican boxer Antonio Fitch. 

After that, Canelo competed in light middleweight in 2010 and won the WBC silver title. That same year, he also became the first boxer to knock out Carlos Baldomir.

Later that year, on September 14, the Mexican boxer suffered a massive loss against Floyd Mayweather Jr, marking the first loss of his professional career.


The loss could not take away the fighting spirit of Canelo as he went on to win many more fights and got victories over Alfredo Angulo in 2014.

He also successfully defended the title against British boxer Amir Khan on May 7, 2016. 

On September 15, 2018, Canelo fought in a rematch against Gennady Golovkin and won with a majority decision.

Initially, the fight was first scheduled to occur on May 5, 2018, but Álvarez tested positive for an illegal substance and was suspended for six months.

Canelo Boxing Against Gennady
Canelo Boxing Against Gennady (Source: The Guardian)

In his next match in 2019, Canelo competed with US boxer Daniel Jacobs on May 4, and won the ‘IBF middleweight title and retained the ‘WBA (Super),’ ‘The WBC,’ ‘The Ring,‘ and the lineal middleweight titles.

Not to mention, in his professional career, Canelo’s record currently stands at 58 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws. In those 58 wins, 39 were by KO.

Net Worth And Income

One of the greatest Mexican boxers, Canelo Alvarez, has been active as a professional boxer since 2005. In 19 years, Alvarez has earned a lot of recognition from all over the world. 

Well, it’s not only the name and fame Canelo has earned throughout these years. He has pocketed millions of dollars in earnings, making him one of the highest-earning athletes of the year 2022, along with soccer stars Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar.

Papi Enjoying His Horse Ride
Papi Enjoying His Horse Ride (Source: Instagram)

As of 2024, Alvarez has earned an estimated net worth of $180 million, per Forbes. Most of his fortune came from accumulated cash earnings from his successful boxing career and winning world-class championships.

In 2018, Canelo signed an 11-fight worth $365 million contract with Oscar De La Hoya‘s company, Golden Boy Promotions, and DAZN.


Between June 2018 and June 2019, Alvarez received $95 million from his empire, and in the following 12 months, he earned $40 million.

He was also paid a whopping sum of $12 million when he fought with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 14, 2013, and received $25 million for fighting against Amir Khan on May 7, 2016.

The Mexican boxer was paid $70 million when he fought against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.

Besides, Canelo has also signed endorsement deals with different brands such as, Under Armour, Coppel Tecate, Hennessy, and Everlast. Hence, increasing his earnings exponentially.

According to sources, Alvarez’s previous 11,970 square-feet-home in San Diego with a six-bedroom, seven-bathroom was sold in October 2015 for $6 million. 

Canelo seems to be very fond of cars and has filled his garage with vehicles like the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari Testarossa, McLaren P1, Bugatti Chiron, and many more.

Personal life And kids

The undisputed super middleweight champion, Canelo’s love life is very active. In May 2021, Canelo married his longtime partner Fernanda Gomez in a ceremony at the Guadalajara Cathedral in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The duo reportedly met for the first time in 2017 at a charity gala and instantly hit off. After dating for about a year, they welcomed their first child together, Maria Fernanda Alvarez, in 2018.

Canelo With His Wife, Fernanda, And Daughter, Maria
Canelo With His Wife, Fernanda, And Daughter, Maria (Source: The US Sun)

Before Gomez, Canelo had plenty of relationships with famous ladies. However, he did not get married to any of them but had kids with them.

Girlfriends & Kids 

Alvarez has four kids in total, all from different women. While dating his school sweetheart Karen Beltrán, he welcomed his first daughter Emily Cinnamon Alvarez when he was just 17 in 2007. 

Soon after their daughter’s birth, Canelo and Karen separated. But he didn’t walk out of Emily’s life and maintained a good relationship with her. 

His second daughter Mia Ener Alvarez was with model Valeria Quiroz. Sadly, they also got separated after some time, and Mia lives with her mother in Los Angeles

Similarly, after dating for a year with his business partner Nadia Sepulveda, Canelo welcomed his third child (and the first boy), Saul Adiel Alvarez.

It was confirmed when Canelo publicly posted Saul’s picture on Instagram, captioning it “My boy #teamcanelo.” But, unfortunately, just like his other relationship, this relationship also didn’t work out, and Canelo and Nadia got separated after some time.

Besides these beauties, the boxer also has a dating history with other famous girls, Kate del Castillo (an actress), Shannon de Lima, Cynthia Rodriguez, and Marisol Gonzalez (2003 Miss Mexico Universe).

Canelo Alvarez – Product Website

You can purchase Alvarez’s t-shirts, hats, tracksuits, accessories, etc., on his website,

Social Media Presence

Canelo Alvarez is recognized all over the world as one of the greatest boxers. As a reason, Canelo has earned millions of followers worldwide who admire and respect him.

He is available on Instagram @canelo, Twitter @canelo, and Facebook @Canelo Alvarez.

Instagram: 14.4m followers


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Twitter: 2.4m followers

Facebook: 6.7m followers


Having won multiple world championships in four weight classes, he was able to gain popularity worldwide.

Canelo Alvarez's Popularity Graph
Canelo Alvarez’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of the Mexican professional boxer in the United States based on Google searches over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Canelo lift weights?

No, he doesn't perform strength training and weight lifting. But, sometimes, he is seen using small weights for doing bodyweight exercises.

What does Canelo Alvarez eat?

Canelo maintains a proper diet and is only allowed to eat bread or rice just once a week. Likewise, he likes to stay away from carbohydrates and only consumes much protein like fish, chicken, steak, and snacks that consist only of fruits and vegetables.

What is Canelo Alvarez's real name?

Canelo's real name or birth name is Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán.

What belts does Canelo hold?

Canelo has been the world champion in four weight classes; super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight.

What happened in Canelo Alvarez Vs. Golvikin?

Canelo Alvarez Vs. Gennady Golvikin was a boxing competition held on September 16, 2017. It was held at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, United States. Their first fight ended in a controversial split draw. The rematch was held, and Canelo Alvarez stood up as the winner by a majority decision.

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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