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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.

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

READ: Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19