sport news Canelo Alvarez got his nickname due to hair colour

The story behind Saul Alvarez's nickname is a very simple one, but his journey to becoming 'Canelo' is a little more complex.

The 27-year-old takes on Gennady Golovkin in a hotly-anticipated world middleweight title bout in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with the Mexican known not by his full name of Santos Saul Alvarez Barragan, but rather by a name given to him because of the colour of his hair.

His ginger hair and freckled appearance saw a coach christen him 'canelito', which translates literally as 'little cinnamon' in Spanish, and from here it has been shortened to the Canelo name he uses today.

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez faces Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight mega-fight on Saturday night

The Mexican's 'Canelo' nickname comes from his ginger hair and his freckled complexion

The Mexican's 'Canelo' nickname comes from his ginger hair and his freckled complexion

Growing up the youngest of eight children, he was often picked on on the streets of the tiny town of Juanacatlan, just outside the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico, where other children used his appearance against him.

But Alvarez wasn't broken by it, when other children of a similar age may have become self-conscious and gone into their shell, and when his appearance was pointed

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