6 Things to Know About Canelo Álvarez Outside the Boxing Ring

Lead Photo: Canelo Alvarez prepares to jump rope during a media workout at L.A. Live's Microsoft Square on August 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Canelo Alvarez prepares to jump rope during a media workout at L.A. Live's Microsoft Square on August 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
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We all know how dominant Canelo Álvarez can be in the boxing ring, but do you know anything about the Mexican fighter that doesn’t include him jabbing his next opponent in the face?

The Canelo Álvarez vs. Dmitry Bivol fight, with all the upcoming jabs, happening on Saturday (May 7) in Las Vegas should be an epic battle. Álvarez, the undisputed super middleweight champion of the world, is putting his record of 57-1-2 up against Bivol’s undefeated record of 19-0.

For this fight, Álvarez is going up in weight and will fight as a light heavyweight at 175 lbs. This is the first time he will fight in this weight class, a move some were calling risky when he was talking about fighting another opponent last year.

“I am very happy with this fight against Dmitry Bivol,” Alvarez told ESPN in late February. “It is another great challenge for me and my career – especially as I go up in weight and face an exceptional light heavyweight champion like Bivol. We will be ready, like we always are.”

But what else is there about this boxer that keeps people coming back? And what does he do when he’s not in the boxing ring? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with six facts about Canelo Álvarez that you can bring up to your friends in between rounds while you watch the big fight this weekend.


Canelo Sings

Álvarez loves singing karaoke during his free time. In the past, he’s said that “romantic music” is his favorite genre to sing and even sang Luis Miguel’s “La Media Vuelta” during a radio interview once. Álvarez admitted that drinking a few alcoholic beverages helps him loosen up. After his victory over Caleb Plant last November, Álvarez serenaded his wife at a Las Vegas nightclub. His song of choice: Joan Sebastian’s “Eso Y Mas.”


Canelo Golfs

Álvarez might’ve been at the nightclub the same night he beat Caleb Plant in November, but the next morning, he was at the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas getting a few strokes in. Based on the number of photos he posts on social media playing golf, one might wonder if he’ll be playing even more of the sport once he hangs up his gloves – maybe even professionally. Last year, he won a celebrity golf tournament. “I don’t come to play, I come to win,” he wrote on Instagram.


Canelo Fathers

Canelo has a lot of responsibilities as a boxer, but his biggest challenge outside of the ring might be as a father. With three kids, we’re sure his days are busy. Canelo’s oldest daughter is Emily Cinnamon Álvarez. She was born in 2007. His two other kids are Maria Fernanda Álvarez, born in 2017, and Saul Adiel Sepulveda, born in 2019. All three children have different mothers.


Canelo Collects Cars

When you’re making the kind of bank Álvarez is per fight, you can afford to live in the lap of luxury. For Álvarez, a lot of that money goes to his expensive hobby of collecting cars. And we’re not talking about Honda Civics. It’s reported that Álvarez owns at least nine luxury cars, including a “Smurf” blue Bugatti Chiron, a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, a Ferrari 458 Special, and a 1967 Shelby Mustang. We’re guessing Álvarez doesn’t Uber.


Canelo Rides

Álvarez might have nine luxury vehicles, but he has about four times more horses on his ranch in Guadalajara, Mexico. He can even make some of his horses dance. Growing up, he would always tell his father that he wanted horses, but they were too poor to afford any. But now, he has enough to start his own rodeo.


Canelo Does Business

Álvarez isn’t just a boxer, he’s also in the boxing business. He is a boxing promoter with his company, Canelo Promotions, which he founded in Mexico in 2010. His business partners are his trainers, Chepo and Eddy Reynoso. The team focuses its energy on guiding young Mexican boxers in their careers. “We are here to help them, to be there for their best interests,” he told ESPN in 2020. Álvarez also supports kids who want to box through a boxing academy.