Caleb Plant and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez had to beat some negotiating hurdles to finally make a deal to satisfy during a Nov. 6 clash to crown an undisputed super middleweight champion. Those hurdles led to serious animosity that spilled over during a violent way at a Tuesday news conference to formally announce the Showtime pay-per-view bout.
After the 2 sides engaged during a prolonged staredown at the news conference, Alvarez delivered a shove to Plant’s chest. Plant stormed back and commenced throwing blows in Alvarez’s direction with Alvarez returning fire. Security managed to separate the 2 sides as their camps also began exchanging words. The scuffle left Plant bleeding from a gash below his right eye. The severity of the cut could have an impression on the status of the fight. If it’s bad enough to need an interruption in Plant’s training for the most important fight of his career, it could end in the fight being postponed, though it’ll require medical attention to work out if such steps are necessary.
“It’s a fight,” Plant said. “If he’s gonna turn it into a fight, then that is what it’s. I’m not a punk. you do not just get to face over here and do whatever you would like to me. Maybe the remainder of those guys, you’ll just come up and here and they are all frightened of you. That’s now how this works.” The plant holds the IBF super middleweight championship while Alvarez is that the WBA, WBC, and WBO champion at the load. the 2 previously had negotiations disintegrate for a planned September bout only to beat those hurdles to book the fight for November.