Boxing matches are often characterized by flare-ups of short tempers and trash-talk in the pre-match press conferences. The upcoming Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant bout, which will take place on November 6, is no exception. On Tuesday, the two appeared in the first press conference meant to advertise the upcoming event, and things got a little heated.
The November 6 match will be a bout to determine the unified super middleweight title holder. The press conference on Tuesday night took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel, during which Alvarez and Plant got into a tense stare-down during the proceeding. At one point, the two even got close enough to touch nose-to-nose, with tempers visibly flaring on-screen.
Then, Plant was heard calling Alvarez and expletive, resulting in the two briefly scuffling, trading a series of messy punches. The expletive in question that set Alvarez off related to his mother, with the boxer stating “You can say whatever you want to me, but not to my mother. My mother is not here.”
While these kinds of rivalries are common in the high-stakes world of boxing, the tempers seen flaring up during the conference looked genuine. The two boxers truly appear to have no love lost for one another, with the two needing to be physically separated at another point during the conference. They were each eventually escorted off-stage by security to prevent a full-fledged fight breaking out.
The punches thrown were apparently hard enough to leave a mark. Plant was left with a cut just under his right eye that was visible throughout the rest of the conference. Alvarez, meanwhile, had a cut on his forearm from the brief scuffle.
Following the brief fight, Alvarez told reporters “He landed first. And then, I don’t know how, but I responded quickly. I don’t know how. I just do it.” For his own part, Plant was surprised with Alvarez’s reaction to the expletive term. Plant pointed out that Alvarez himself used the term in a previous news conference to refer to Demetrius Andrade.
“Now, all of a sudden, I’m talking about his mama?” Plant joked. “C’mon man.”
Plant has been escalating a feud with Alvarez’s training organization for weeks. Chief among his complaints about Alvarez’s organization is that one of his trainers, Oscar Valdez, recently tested positive for a banned substance, but didn’t suffer a suspension. This in turn has led to Plant openly accusing Alvarez and his organization of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Publications like ESPN have called Alvarez one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the scene right now. The tensions between Alvarez and Plant are only serving to intensify the pre-match excitement among fans.
Alvarez himself has suggested that the bout will be a good fight. “Caleb might be on the same level as Billy Joe Saunders and Callum Smith, but he’s not on my level. I respect that he isn’t here to back down. You can see from today that this is definitely going to be a good fight.”