Can Canelo Álvarez Overtake Julio César Chávez as Mexico’s Favorite Boxer?

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Boxing is as much a battle of might in the ring as it is of wits outside the ring. And when it comes to Mexican fighters, none wear the belt quite as well as Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez. Here is why Canelo could take the throne from longtime favorite Julio César Chávez as Mexico’s top boxeador.

From Bullied to Bully

His freckles and red hair earned “Canelo” his nickname, but he wasn’t always proud of it. He was bullied for his unique look throughout his childhood. One day, Canelo swung back. He’s been a fighter ever since.

Toe-to-Toe with the World’s Greatest


Canelo and Chávez have had similar careers — an undefeated rise punctuated by a disappointing loss to a top-ranked fighter. The difference? Canelo fell to the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., but his stamina going 12 rounds was enough to make even the toughest of Mexicans tear up with pride. Chávez Sr. lost to Oscar de la Hoya twice. First after a large gash opened in his brow prompting a doctor to stop the fight in the fourth round, then in a an eight round rematch TKO.

Stands Up for Mexicans

Feliz dia de la independencia de México si señor!!! ?? y QUE VIVA MÉXICO CA….MPEONES!!

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In the run up to his fight against Erislandy Lara, Canelo took issue with his opponent when Lara said, “I earned this in the ring, fighting the best in the division, not on a Mexican street corner.”

Canelo responded via the Daily News, “He disrespected my person, disrespected Mexicans, but it’s all been on his part. And that’s what motivates me more for this fight.”

Men Want to Be Him, Women Want to Date Him


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If a woman as beautiful and successful as former Miss Universe Marisol González thought Canelo was husband material, then he’s gotta be doing something right. The couple was engaged in 2011 and broke up a year later.

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Oscar De La Hoya Has His Back

Oscar De La Hoya promotes Canelo’s fights and mentors the ascending superstar, telling Fox Sports he has the potential to be the richest boxer in history.

Squeaky Clean

Otra de mi cumpleaños pasado ? saludos!!

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Julio César Chávez admitted to ESPN Deportes he struggled with alcohol and cocaine as his career started declining. On the flip side, Canelo is as squeaky clean as they come. The only time this fighter makes headlines is when he’s knocking out another win.

Numbers Don’t Lie

Listo? julio/12/2014 CANELO VS LARA. Vamos a darle lo que quiere ?✊?✊?

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At a 44-1-1 record, Canelo could be on his way to breaking Chávez’s record of 107-6-2. What more do you need to prove that Canelo could become Mexico’s most beloved fighter?

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