IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Plant 21-0 (12) insists he wasn’t rattled by his on-stage scuffle with WBC, WBA and WBO counterpart Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 56-1-2 (38) at the official press conference to announce their fight at at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 6.
“We just had some normal back-and-forth banter up there and then whatever happened, happened. It’s none of my concern though. I’m focused and locked in on November 6,” Plant said.
“I know only one thing better than proving people right and that’s proving people wrong. I’ve been doing that my whole life.
“As soon as I stepped on the stage, people started talking about what I can’t accomplish and what I can’t do. Where I come from, there is no boxing community. There was no other pro I could look to and say that if he can do it, then I can do it. All I had was my mind and my heart.
“I don’t do this to be famous or to get attention. When I first started, it was just me and my dad. No one thought I’d be standing here today.
“I can remember him and my grandfather scrounged up a little bit of money to open a little boxing gym. There was just one heavy bag hanging in the corner. But when you really want something, you don’t need all the fancy things. You just need your mind and your heart.
“I know that people don’t believe me when I tell them I’m winning on November 6. All those people who tell me that I can’t do something, you live believable lives and you do believable things.
“I promised myself that I was going to run this all the way to the top, with no problem crashing and burning along the way. I set out to live an unbelievable life and accomplish unbelievable things. Those people who doubt me are the very reason that I’m here.”
Plant, 29, from Nashville, Tennessee went on to reference Alvarez’s first real test against Jose Cotto 11 years ago when Alvarez got rocked early before winning by ninth-round knockout.
“Miguel Cotto’s brother can make you do the chicken dance but I can’t?” Plant said. “Okay. Mark my words, on November 6 you will hear the words, ‘And the new undisputed super middleweight champion,’ but you will also hear the words, ‘and still undefeated.’
“Being undisputed would mean a lot. I’ve sacrificed so much to this sport and I’ve been doing this a long time. All that work would come down to one moment. I want my name in those history books and that’s the only reason that I’m here.
Plant’s trainer Justin Gamber added: “I want to thank our whole team for believing in us and getting us this fight that we wanted and this opportunity to make history.
“It’s been blood sweat and tears, literally, to get here. It’s been a long journey. This fight is not about money, it’s about legacy.
“In 1996, when I was 15-years-old, my favourite fighter was the IBF super middleweight world champion Roy Jones Jr. Every fan back then craved an undisputed champion at 168-pounds and now I train the IBF champion and we’re going to be fighting for all of the marbles.
“Tune in on November 6 and you will see the first undisputed super middleweight champion of the world and he’s from Tennessee.
“Anything that happened today at this press conference is going to drive us and give us more hunger.”