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Mexico's newest rising star

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, only 21 years old, is ready to take the boxing world by storm

Updated: September 13, 2011, 10:19 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

As Saul "Canelo" Alvarez removed his gold boxing gloves after a recent sparring session in Big Bear, Calif., he rubbed his red hair, wiped the sweat from his freckled face and smiled when asked about his nickname, which is Spanish for cinnamon.

"I like it," he said through a translator. "I had to get used to it though."

Alvarez's red mane, prominent freckles and pale skin have often drawn comparisons to classic marionette Howdy Doody. He can laugh about it now as he looks at ...

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