Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán sure knows a thing or two about being an elite athlete. Canelo, his nickname which means cinnamon, has been one of the top boxers in the sport for over a decade. Professionally, Alvarez has 57 wins in 60 fights. He's at the top of his game.
Álvarez will look to add to his boxing legacy when he faces WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol on Saturday night in Las Vegas. One of my favorite quotes from Alvarez is "boxing is the most beautiful thing after women." He might want to amend this quote to include golf. Alvarez loves golf enough that he's going to compete in it. Alvarez will represent Mexico in a USA vs. World nine-hole team matchplay tournament in New Jersey on June 30.
Alvarez still plans to fight for seven more years, via the LA Times.
“Golf is competitive, and I am very competitive. That’s why I love it."
Alvarez truly considers golf to be his passion as much as boxing.
“Golf is such a really hard sport, and it’s a hard sport to be a pro. You need to be a golfer starting from your youth. I consider myself a two-sport guy, but I don’t know if I’m a star or not yet in golf.”
Safe to say he isn't a golf star, yet, but who knows what lies ahead. Athletes have competitive spirits that often yield results that we mere mortals can barely dream of. Mexicans have come up in the world of golf in the last two decades, though. In 2020, Carlos Ortiz became the first Mexican to win an event, and Lorena Ochoa retired in 2010 as the greatest Mexican golfer of all time.
Time to find out if Alvarez's short game is as effective as his combinations.