Alvarez and Plant trade blows before fight

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Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant couldn't wait until November 6 to start throwing hands.

The super middleweight champions traded blows at their news conference on Tuesday to promote their title unification bout, and the exchange left Plant with a cut under his right eye.

The fighters scuffled after exchanging verbal barbs during the ceremonial face-off before the news conference began in the garden of the Beverly Hilton.

Apparently in response to a comment from Plant about Alvarez's mother, the Mexican superstar knocked Plant backward with a two-handed shove.

"You can say whatever you want to me, but not about my mother," Alvarez said afterward.

In retaliation to pushing pushed, Plant stepped forward and threw a left hook at Alvarez, who dodged it and countered with a left-right combination to Plant's face.

Plant said the initial blow from Alvarez struck his sunglasses, which jammed into his cheek and caused the cut.

"We were just saying things, just the normal back-and-forth banter, and then he did what he did," Plant said.

Alvarez put it succinctly on Twitter while posting video of the scuffle: "Don't talk about my mom."

The fighters' camps eventually separated them, but Plant was left dabbing at the blood on his cheek.

He eventually put on his sunglasses for a frosty, combative news conference in which Plant repeatedly called out Alvarez for his doping violation in 2018.

Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) will risk his WBC, WBA and WBO super middleweight titles against Plant (21-0, 12 KOs), the unbeaten IBF champion from Tennessee, when they meet at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Plant repeatedly said Alvarez and trainer Eddy Reynoso are "cheaters".

Alvarez was suspended for six months for clenbuterol detected in a drug test, although the Mexican champ claimed the banned substance came from tainted meat.

"This sport is too dangerous for people to be popping positive," Plant said.

"He's a cheater. It's not up for discussion. Did he get suspended? Did he test positive?

"It's not about what I say. It's about what the (athletic) commission said.

"You have to take that up with them, not me."

The 31-year-old Alvarez - unbeaten in 15 fights since his only career loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and recognised as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world - denied that he had knowingly ingested the drug, but accepted the ban.

"Don't make excuses," Alvarez said.

"You are not on my level...

"For me, it's for history, for Mexico, for my team

"I'm going to knock out this guy in less than eight rounds."

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