Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán (saˈul ˈalβaɾes; born July 18, 1990), best known as Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez, is a Mexican professional boxer. He is a three-time world champion in two weight classes, having held the Ring magazine middleweight title since 2015. Previously he had two reigns as light middleweight world champion, holding the WBA (Unified), WBC, and Ring titles between 2011 and 2013, and the WBO title from 2016 to 2017. At middleweight he also held the WBC and lineal titles between 2015 and 2017. As of December 2017, Álvarez is ranked as the world's best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec; fourth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB) and ESPN; and fifth by The Ring. He is also ranked as the world's best light middleweight by the TBRB and BoxRec, as well as ranked the best active middleweight by The Ring and second by the TBRB. Álvarez is known as an excellent counterpuncher, being able to exploit openings in his opponents' guards while avoiding punches with head and body movement. He is also known as a formidable body puncher.
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