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Canelo Alvarez Battling $9 Million Lawsuit ... Over Mexican Street Fight

12/9/2015 10:44 AM PST

Canelo Alvarez: Battling $9 Million Lawsuit ... Over Mexican Street Fight

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Boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez is in the middle of a nasty lawsuit filed by another famous boxer -- who's suing Canelo for $9 MILLION over a street fight in Mexico back in 2011 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The man behind the lawsuit is Ulises Solis -- a former IBF light flyweight champ -- who claims Alvarez beat him up during an altercation in Guadalajara. 

According to the suit, Alvarez punched Solis in the face so hard -- he knocked out a tooth and fractured Solis' jaw. 

As a result, Solis claims he was stripped of his IBF championship belt because he couldn't defend his title with a broken jaw. 

Solis claims he was simply outsized in the fight -- with Canelo coming in a 5'9", 160 lbs and Solis at 5'3", 108 lbs. 

In his suit, Solis claims he suffered more than $4 million in damages -- plus he wants another $5 mil in punitives. 

We've learned trial proceedings have begun -- jury selection started on Monday -- and the trial could wrap by the end of the month. 

We reached out to Canelo's camp for comment -- so far, no word back. 

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