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Alvarez talks origins of ‘Canelo’ name, dropping Saul and naming daughter Canela

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The 23 year-old, who has only been beaten by Floyd Mayweather in an astonishing 45-fight career, is no long wanting to be known by his birth name of Saul, but instead will use the name given to him when he was a child that has now become his trademark.

“My nickname was given to me by my trainer Jose ‘Chepo’ Reynoso when I first started training at Reynoso’s Gym because of my red hair,” said Alvarez.

“First they called me “Canelito” [Little Cinnamon] because I was still very young, around 12- or 13-years-old. As I grew older, it changed to ‘Canelo.’

“Since I started fighting in the U.S. as a professional on U.S. television, I dropped the ‘Saul’ all together because it has become a brand name and is my persona in the ring and out of it.

“What some people may not know is that I named my daughter Canela and I told her: ‘Once you grow up, you will understand what your name means and you will be proud of it,'” he added.

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