Boxing’s top super middleweight fighters Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant traded swings a little earlier than expected at a press conference on Tuesday officially announcing their fight.
Video from the Los Angeles press conference shows Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) pushing Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) before the two hit each other. Plant is the first to release a punch, although Alvarez’s quick reflexes kept him from taking a big left hand from the reigning IBF super middleweight champion. Alvarez then seeks two hits, including one aimed at Plant’s right eye:
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Warning: profanity used.
According to a report by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, Plant suffered a “big gash” under his eye which was “bleeding profusely”.
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The two were eventually separated before the showdown could expand further. Either way, it would have started after Plant called Alvarez “a multitude of names”, cheating among them. Shortly after the incident, Canelo tweeted another video of their confrontation with the caption: “Don’t talk about my mom.”
Part of Plant’s accusations come from the fact that Oscar Valdez – who trains under Eddy Reynoso as part of Team Canelo – tested positive for a banned substance and was still cleared to compete in his WBC super featherweight title on September 10.
Caleb Plant just called Canelo and Eddy Reynoso a host of names, then denounced the absurdity of Oscar Valdez testing positive for a banned substance but not receiving any six-month suspension
– Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 21, 2021
Plant on September 2 said that the entire Canelo camp is “intentional,” referring to a 2018 incident in which Canelo tested positive for a banned substance after eating meat in Mexico. Plant added that someone with Canelo’s reputation and experience in the sport should have known that such an easily avoidable mistake should not be made; he also wondered aloud how much he should have eaten for lead to such high HGH levels, implying that he used it as a cover to take banned substances.
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Alvarez and Plant will fight on November 6 to unify the super middleweight belt for the first time in the era of the four belts. Plant has won the IBF Super Championship since January 3, 2019, when he defeated Jose Uzcategui by unanimous decision. He has since managed three title defenses.
He’ll put his belt on the line for Alvarez, including the WBA (Super), WBC, WBO and The Ring super middleweight titles. This will be Alvarez’s fourth consecutive fight in the weight class after winning the light heavyweight title since November 12, 2019. He won the WBA (Super), The Ring and WBC titles against Callum Smith by unanimous decision on December 19. , 2020, went on to win the WBO against Billy Joe Saunders on May 8.