The super-middleweight bout between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant could be in doubt after their press conference turned violent on Tuesday night.
This press conference was held prior to their fight on November 6th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The winner of this fight will be the first undisputed super-middleweight champion in boxing’s history.
Plant, who has been the IBF super-middleweight champion since 2019, is undefeated throughout his professional career. Canelo (WBA (Super), WBC & WBO champion) has lost just once in his 59-fight career to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Due to Tuesday’s events, however, the fight for the super-middleweight title could be scrapped.
During a face-off between the pair, Canelo aggressively shoved Plant which sparked an attempted punch, which was dodged by the Mexican, but hits were exchanged before security and trainers intervened.
Plant suffered a serious injury to his right eye and was left with a significant cut. Mike Coppinger, a MMA and boxing reporter, raised concerns about the scheduled fight on November 6.
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Coppinger was at Tuesday’s press conference, and admitted on Twitter following the incident: “Been to literally hundreds of boring press conferences. Never seen an exchange like that, and especially for a fight like this.
“That’s a big gash under Plant’s right eye, and it’s bleeding profusely. A cut like this in training can delay fights.”
It doesn’t bode well for Plant, who saw his first effort on Canelo dodged before the Mexican returned with an accurate counter punch, but the heated exchange may have postponed or even cancelled the main event set to take place in just over a month.
Should proceedings still go ahead as normal, it certainly won’t be one to miss, with a heavy amount of bad blood between the two, with the stakes even higher than initially anticipated.