The IBF, WBO, WBC And WBA 168 pound unification fight between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant has kicked off his promotional tour with a bang, bad blood flying around as they needed security and Men from both teams to have them separated at Beverly Hills, Calif. on Tuesday
Plant, who had been ranting all up on social media about Canelo and his camp being cheats after Golden Boy stablemate Oscar Valdez tested positive ahead of his junior light weight title defense last week. Went face to face with the four division champion, calling him a drug cheat. This sparked harsh reactions from Canelo, who shoved and pushed him but Plant came back firing a left hook, which narrowly missed Canelo’s jaw but gave him room to unload on Plant.
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Valdez positive test was ignored by the WBC and the local Athletic Commission in charge of the fight. However, this gave room for books to be opened and Plant was at the library that day, bringing up Canelo’s failed drug test back in 2018 before his rematch with former middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, whom he later edged with a split decision.
Canelo Alvarez, who presently holds the WBA, WBC and WBO 168 pound titles was the first to draw blood even before the fight gets to the ring.Plant (21-0, 12 KOs) bled following the punch from the Mexican and had to use a handkerchief through most of the event to stop the blood. However, Canelo isn’t satisfied and maintains that Plant will pay for everything on fight night.
“He’s going to pay on Nov. 6. You know, when somebody bothers me with a lot of sh!t, they know. I have something special for him,” said Alvarez. “You know what happens when they mess with me. It’s extra motivation for me. This is something personal. So on Nov. 6, I am going to go with the same mentality that I had versus Billy Joe Saunders,” said Alvarez.
Whether a mistake or not, Canelo’s failed drug test will continually remain in his shadows as every fighter he faces brings up that part of his career when he had to be banned six months as penalty for a substance he claimed to have eaten in food. Former WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders tried to take the trash talking route under his skin but was battered and stopped in the eight round of that faithful encounter.
“I’m on my way to being undisputed. I’m happy to be here. I’m glad to have this fight. It’s a very special fight for Mexico and for me, to be one of the unique fighters. To be undisputed. I am one step away from doing that,” said Alvarez. “[Being undisputed] is what I want in my career — to make history. This fight is very important for me. I have the experience to deal with any style.”
Canelo Alvarez will fight Caleb Plant with the undisputed super middleweight title at stake on Nov 6th at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas