Rising Flame of Canelo: From 15 year-old pro to future hall-of-famer

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Saul "Canelo" Álvarez was just fifteen when he debuted as pro in October 2005, defeating Abraham Gonzalez by TKO. "Canelo" is a talented and disciplined boxer.

With single minded commitment, he's built a record of 49 wins, 34 KO´s, just one defeat and a draw.

With 42 consecutive victories, Saul, who had yet to reach his peak, was defeated by the best pound for pound, Floyd Mayweather jr. in 2013. Saul learned an abundance from the majority points setback, quickly placing himself right back on the path of success.

On September 16, Saul will face the Herculean challenge of fighting against formidable WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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CHRONOLOGY:

NABF WELTERWEIGHT BELT

He won on January 17, 2009 beating Luis Antonio Fitch by TKO

5 defenses: Jeferson Luis Goncalo, Michel Rosales, Euri Gonzalez, Lanardo Tyner and Brian Camechis.

WBC WELTERWEIGHT YOUTH TITLE

Conquered the title by way of the knockout on August 8, 2009 against Marat Khuzeev

1 defense: Carlos Leonardo Herrera

SILVER SUPER WELTERWEIGHT BELT

Saul became the 154-pound king on July 10, 2010 after beating Luciano Leonel Cuello by TKO

2 defenses: Carlos Manuel Baldomir and Lovemore Ndou

WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT VACANT WORLD TITLE

On March 5, 2011, Alvarez became world monarch by beating Matthew Hatton by unanimous decision

6 defenses: Ryan Rhodes, Alfonso Gomez, Kermit Cintron, Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez, Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr (his only defeat).

WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT VACANT WORLD TITLE

"Canelo" conquered the 160-pound belt by unanimous decision defeating Miguel Cotto in 2015.

1 defense: Amir Khan