Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez list of career highlights
Pride of Mexico Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is preparing to defend his undisputed super middleweight championship to Briton John Ryder on his traditional Cinco de Mayo appearance, a theme first started in 2010 when he fought – and beat – Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.
This time, 2023's celebration fight is going to be bigger than ever as he returns home to Mexico for his first performance there in almost 12 years.
Recently, the pound for pound superstar has had to deal with critics, since his loss to light-heavyweight Dmitry Bivol on Cinco de Mayo last year, with some believing his 18-year professional career is gradually coming towards it's end.
In what is set to be his 63rd bout and ninth Cinco de Mayo event, BBN have listed his outstanding career highlights to remind fans just how the Mexican became a boxing superstar and transcended the sport.
-His pro debut took place in October 2005 at the age of 15.
-In 2008 he was chosen by the WBC to enter the “Ring Telmex” program and won his first pro belt, the WBA Fedecentro Welterweight title.
-In 2009 he won the NABF championship as well as the WBO Latino and WBC Youth championship.
-In 2010 he won the WBC Silver title by defeating the Argentine Luciano Cuello.
-He conquered the vacant WBC super welterweight championship defeating Matthew Hatton in 2011, defending it seven times.
-In 2013 he unified the WBA World super welterweight title with his WBC belt.
-He conquered the middleweight title and won the WBC Diamond belt, by defeating Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto in 2015.
-He participated in the first “Fight for Peace” event of the Pope Francis Foundation “Scholas Occurrentes” and the “BoxVal” program in 2016 defeating Amir Khan.
-He won the WBO World super welterweight title in 2016 by stopping brave Liam Smith in the ninth round.
-He regained the WBC middleweight championship by defeating Gennady Golovkin on September 15, 2018.
-He won the WBC super middleweight title by defeating Britain’s Callum Smith, successfully defending it three times.
-In 2019 he won the WBO light heavyweight title with an 11th round KO of Sergey Kovalev.
-He made three defenses of his green and gold title, also winning the WBO, IBF and WBA titles. He defeated Turkish Avni Yildirim, British Billy Joe Saunders and American Caleb Plant
-In his most recent fight he defeated Kazakh Gennadiy Golovkin in the closing of a great trilogy.
-On May 6 at the Akron Stadium in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, a great boxing card will take place, headed by “Canelo” Álvarez, facing the British John Ryder. It celebrates the return of Canelo, fighting on Mexican soil after 12 years of fighting away from home, a period in which he managed to establish himself as boxing’s greatest figure.Canelo vs Ryder one-minute fight preview
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