Unified 168-pound champion(WBA/WBC/WBO), Canelo Alvarez(56-1-2, 38 KOs), and IBF 168-pound champion Caleb Plant(21-0, 12 KOs) were involved in a heated press conference on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, CA.
The two went face-to-face, and Plant walked away with a cut. Alvarez started the skirmish after he pushed the IBF 168-pound champion. Plant responded by swinging at Alvarez, who ducked and responded with a few punches that cut Plant.
If there wasn’t any bad blood between Plant and Alvarez before Tuesday, there’s definitely some now, which will ultimately be settled on November 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas(Showtime PPV) when the two battle it out to see who is the king of the 168-pound division.
Here’s how Plant’s face looked after the brawl:
Plant described what happened from his point of view.
“We just had some normal back-and-forth banter up there, and then whatever happened, happened. It’s none of my concern, though,” Plant said. “I’m focused and locked in on November 6.”
Alvarez added on the brawl.
“You can say whatever to me, but not to my mom,” he said. “I’m going to fight anyone who says something about my mom. And he swung first. I just pushed him. He swung first, and I do what I do. He crossed the line.
“It will be over in eight rounds or less. I’m going to knock out this guy. Easy.”
Hopefully, this fight won’t be postponed due to Plant’s cut. Pushing and shoving can be fairly common at boxing press conferences, but punches are not usually thrown, and if they are thrown, the punches typically miss.
Plant has an opportunity at a reported career-high payday of around $10 million for this fight, so with or without the cut, it’s highly unlikely he pulls out of this fight.
If it still happens, November 6 should be a lot of fun.
Watch below as Alvarez and Plant brawl at press conference: