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21 Things You Should Know About Saúl Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez is the face of boxing today. After Floyd Mayweather retired and Manny Pacquiao began his slow decline, the redhead Mexican has become a pay-per-view attraction and a proud representative of Latinos worldwide. He has beaten the liked of boricua Miguel Cotto, Sugar Shane Mosley, Liam Smith and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Most famously, he is coming from a Majority Decision win over Gennady GGG Golovkin, who was as feared as Mike Tyson in his prime.

Canelo is looking to add the WBA super middleweight belt to his collection when he fights British Rocky Fielding on Saturday December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This is what you have to know before the fight!

1. He started his pro career as a teenager

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Believe it or not, Canelo was just a kid when he laced the gloves professionally for the first time. He soon established himself as a rising prospect who had an uncanny maturity in the ring for a kid his age. He was introduced to boxing by his brothers, who were also fighters.

2. His mom goes to all his fights

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Canelo’s mom is a constant presence in her son’s fights. You can see her ringside yelling and getting really into it, even saying a bad word or two.

3. He handled a bully with ease

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On May 2017 Canelo finally met Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who had been bad-mouthing him for years. Canelo stayed focused and won an ample decision, reconfiguring Jr’s face in the process. Don’t bully Canelo or you will get badly beaten.

4. He signed a huge promotional deal with Hennessy

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Luxury brands LOVE Canelo and he has signed a profitable deal with cognac manufacturer Hennessy. Good on you, muchacho.

5. He was accused of doping…

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But it was all cleared up when it was revealed that the traces of clenbuterol found in his body were likely to be due to contaminated meat he ate in his native Mexico. Those muscles are the product of hard work and dedication!

6. He is a devout Catholic

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It is common to see him cross himself before and after his fights. Here we see him with Pope Francis at The Vatican, where he went to get a blessing after his draw with GGG in September 2017.

7. He travels the world after his fights

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Boxing is a sport that needs mental stability. That is why this muchacho pelirrojo travels the world after each grueling match, sharing his trips on Instagram. Here we see him in Milano!

8. He relaxes with his equine friends

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As the highest-earning athlete in the world, Canelo needs to have a way to find peace in the midst of stress. He owns properties in his native Jalisco where he keeps pure breed horses. He shares a deep connection with them.

9. He is BFFs with the Golden Boy

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Promoter Oscar De La Hoya is responsible for Canelo’s reign as the highest attraction in pugilism. The two have established a strong working relationship that translates into a deep and rich friendship as well.

10. He hangs out with the power elites

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Here we see him with former President Bill Clinton and with Carlos Slim, the Lebanese-Mexican tycoon who is often listed as one of the three wealthiest persons in the world.

11. He has two daughters…

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Canelo’s then-girlfriend got pregnant when they were teenagers, so the boxer has a teenage daughter. He also has a new baby princess who is the apple of his eye. Tierno!

12. He trains for eight weeks for each fight

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No distractions. No glamour. Just boxing. Canelo is renowned for his tough training techniques and he trains out of a house in San Diego, where he locks himself for two months before each fight. He shares grueling sessions on his Insta. Those muscles do not come for free!

13. He jumps into ice baths after training

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Canelo’s team uses the most advanced and extreme training techniques. After sparring sessions and weightlifting the boxer goes into ice baths or a state-of-the-art cryogenic chamber.

14. Sept. 15, 2018, will always be the biggest night of his career

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After facing a suspension for the alleged doping and being criticized for months, Canelo exorcized his demons by defeating the fearless Golovkin over 12 rounds. Canelo cried tears of joy and relief as the ring announcer was reading the decision.

15. He just signed a $35 million dollar deal!

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DAZN, a new streaming service, signed Canelo for 10 fights, for a minimum of $350 million dollars, making him the athlete that has signed the richest contract in sports history.

16. He had his first fight in the United States 10 years ago

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Look at that young kid, thin and far from the real beast that has been going through tough opponent after tough opponent in the past few years. He has established himself as an icon for Mexican-Americans despite his white-boy looks.

17. He loves speed

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Canelo owns a collection of luxury cars that he is not shy to share on social media. He is also quite a fashionista and wears designer clothes almost on a daily basis. He has earned it.

18. He has remained with the same trainers throughout his career

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Loyalty goes a long way! Despite having received offers from the most renowned trainers in the sport, Canelo remains loyal to Chepo and Eddy Reynoso, a father-son duo who discovered young Canelo and shaped him into an efficient boxing machine.

19. He was awarded the prestigious Premio Nacional del Deporte by the Mexican government in 2018

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In part due to his win over Golovkin, but also because of his spot at the top of international boxing, now former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto awarded Canelo with an award that highlights the benefits that he has brought to the country’s sports in general.

20. He established a boxing academy for the youth

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Canelo Boxing Academy keeps boys and girls out of trouble, building their self-respect and determination. It is great to witness how those at the top can also open paths for future generations. The Canelo Boxing Academy has its headquarters in Guadalajara, a city that will always be Canelo’s home.

21. He wants to become the best boxer ever

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At only 28, Canelo is still relatively young and has about 7 years left in his career. He idolized Ali and wants to be recognized as a figure as big as him. If he wins on December 15 he will have titles in three different weight divisions, a feat that only greats like Erik Morales, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Oscar De La Hoya have accomplished. He is still young, so he might very well achieve all his dreams in and outside the ring.

A Ring Camera Captured A Man’s Valiant Effort To Save A Mother And Her Daughters From A House Fire

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A Ring Camera Captured A Man’s Valiant Effort To Save A Mother And Her Daughters From A House Fire

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It was the middle of the night and Gladys Castañeda and her daughters were sound asleep as their next-door neighbor’s home went up in flames. Across the road, a neighbor noticed the flames and that the Castañeda’s weren’t outside, watching with the rest of the block. Ty Byers decided to take action and rush across the street towards the flames to alert the Castañeda’s to the impending danger. Ring doorbell video footage shows another neighbor, Amanda Smith, running over, desperately asking if they’ve gotten out yet. Both start yelling and banging on the windows and the door. All the while, Gladys thought someone was trying to break into their home. Using the Ring doorbell, she asked, “Can I help you?”

Once Byers realized she had the two-way speaker technology, he looks straight into the camera to shout, “The house next door to you is on fire! Your house is almost on fire!” Byers waited and helped run each of Glady’s daughters to safety while Gladys got prepared to abandon her home.

The Ring doorbell footage has since gone viral, and Gladys wants to shout Byer’s heroic efforts from all the virtual rooftops.

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The fire that nearly engulfed her Mesa, Arizona home was sparked in the early hours of July 26, 2019. Byers was new to the neighborhood, and she didn’t know him that well, but he still showed up as a model neighbor citizen. Even though the incident happened last summer, the video has been recirculating. Gladys admits that not even her closest friends knew about the near-death experience because she didn’t want to share the video out of “respect to my neighbors.” Now, she’s had a change of heart. “I didn’t want to put them out there like that but the more I think about it, why shouldn’t I? What they did was amazing,” Castañeda shared to Facebook. Now, she’s asking if people can help her share the video as an example of heroism.

Video footage shows ash blowing in the wind as Byers shouts, “Your house is almost on fire!”

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Castañeda was too afraid to go to the door, thinking robbers were causing a distraction to break into her home. With two young daughters, she didn’t know what to do but use the two-way speaker system on her smart doorbell to get more information. “Can I help you?” she asked over the intercom. After Byers shouts into the intercom, “The house next to you is on fire! Your house is almost on fire!” Castañeda responds, “Oh, oh, okay. Thank you.” Casteñeda ran out of bed to check on her oldest daughter, Emily and found that her room was already filled with smoke. 

“Without Ring, I don’t think I would ever have opened the door because in my mind I thought they were breaking in,” she told Ring. “When it’s a fire that big, minutes can turn into devastation. Who knows what could have happened?”

Byers then individually rushed each of Castañeda’s daughters over to his garage.

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Castañeda brought Emily to the front door and found Byers racing back to offer help just as she asked, “Can you help me?” Footage shows Byers sprinting across the street to rush Emily to his home across the street. A few seconds of inactivity go by when we see Byers sprinting back to the Castañeda residence. Castañeda passes over her one-year-old daughter, Victoria, and Byers rushes her over to her sister. Still, Byers races back and opens the door to lean in and ask, “Do you need any more help?” Fully clothed and with her phone in hand, she says, “No, thank you,” and runs across the street to be reunited with her daughters in Byers’ garage.

The Mexican-American mother is grateful for her children’s safety and wants everyone to credit Ty Byers and Ring doorbell for that.

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Castañeda’s husband had left for work just 25 minutes prior, which illustrates how quickly the fire erupted into a blaze that would completely destroy her neighbor’s home. Meanwhile, her neighbor had no idea his home was even on fire. The Castañeda residence was thankfully untouched by the fire, suffering only minor damages to the garage and some trees.

The Ring footage is now being used by her local fire department to investigate how the fire started.

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s ‘El Viejo’ Traditions That Ring In The New Year

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Mexico’s ‘El Viejo’ Traditions That Ring In The New Year

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Celebrating the new year in Veracruz, is a time for young people in towns across the coastal Mexican state, to dress up as “viejitos“ or senior citizens, and take to the streets to ask for “aguinaldos” and celebrate a tradition called El Viejo (The Old Man), which is believed to date back to 1875. Here’ what the tradition is all about.

A lively end of year tradition, typical of Veracruz. 

In the state capital, the youngsters parade through the streets to the sound of drums and trumpets to ask for money from drivers and pedestrians they pass along the way. In Veracruz’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec region, young men are the ones who don the costumes of both men and women to dance in the streets for a few coins.

 Typical of ’El Istmo de Tehuantepec’  El Viejo started in 1875 in the Port of Veracruz as a social protest by workers.

 It is said that that the tradition first startred when workers clanked cans and banged on loud drums, asking for Christmas bonuses, called “aguinaldos” in Mexico, outside the home of a rich factory owner who was celebrating his Christmas Eve dinner.

‘El viejo’ was originally inspired by a Korean immigrant who settled in Veracruz.

The tradition lost it’s political aspects and became more what it is today when a Korean man who lived in Veracruz dressed up like the  ‘viejito’ representing the old year in a Japanese almanac that he had. He would parade through the streets on the last day of the year followed by a little child representing the New Year, along with a noisy group of people playing guitars and  güiros, banging pans or setting off  cohetes and singing the following verses asking for their  aguinaldo:

Una limosna  para este pobre viejo, una limosna para este pobre viejo, que ha dejado hijos, que ha dejado hijos, para este año nuevo.

An alm  for this poor old man, An alm for this poor old man, who has left children, who has left children, for this New Year.

Nowadays, the Old Man is usually accompanied by an Old Woman.

The woman carries a baby doll—and the actors are usually university students dressed up with incredible masks and old clothes. They all stop by every store in downtown Xalapa asking for their aguinaldos. It’s a fun tradition where you gladly give your loose  pesos and tostones (50 centavo coin) to this happy crowd ushering in the New Year.