Canelo Alvarez: Making History With A Punch


Arely Ocampo Bartolo, Managing Editor

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, has made history and inspired thousands of Mexicans with only a single punch. 

After last Saturday’s fight against Caleb Plant, Canelo has become the first Mexican to ever be an undisputed champion in UFC Boxing.

 On top of that, he is also the first-ever and only Mexican to be an undisputed four-belt super middleweight world champion. 

This is not only a major accomplishment for boxing but is a major accomplishment for Mexico as a nation.

Knowing that he is the first and only champion in his division is an amazing accomplishment. That alone was momentous for Mexicans –  now, being a champion only reinstates that hope for hundreds of Latinos.  

Named “King Canelo” after his last fight, he takes a seat with people such as Selena Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez, or Vicente Fernandez who opened the door for people of Mexican descent in the media. 

At the age of 31, he has already inspired thousands of people because he has paved the way for Mexican boxers throughout the nation, such as young boxer Ryan Garcia, who has worked under him and trained with his team in hopes of gaining the level of respect and recognition that Canelo has. 

Seeing a Mexican win such a huge title really made me feel a sense of pride. I was proud to know that even after being told he couldn’t, Canelo became the first Mexican to gain this honor. It makes me feel as though, even if there hasn’t been a “Mexican this,” or “Mexican that,” that doesn’t mean there can’t be. 

He created hope with a single punch for hundreds of Mexicans and Latinos that were told they couldn’t do anything.