Canelo Alvarez has revealed Caleb Plant insulting his mother was the cause of their press conference turning nasty.
The pair came to blows on Tuesday ahead of their fight at the MGM Grand on November 6 with Alvarez first pushing Plant when they squared up for the cameras.
Plant retaliated by swinging a left hook in his rival's direction which was sharply dodged before Alvarez responded with a left of his own, drawing blood.
Before the altercation the boxers could be seen chatting to one another for a long time, a conversation which we now know included a dig from Plant directed at Alvarez's mum.
Alvarez said: “He talked about my mum. He said ‘you motherf***er’ so you’ve passed the line right there. So that’s why I pushed him and then he came back with a left hook.
“My mum was angry too. She said, ‘Thank you son for showing me respect. You need to win’.”
There were fears the bout could be scrapped after the violent brawl, but these are yet to be realised.
The clash in Las Vegas is set to determine the undisputed super-middleweight champion as it pits the IBF champion Plant, 29, against Alvarez, 31, the holder of WBA (Super), WBC and WBO titles.
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The more experienced Mexican holds a professional record of 56-1-2, with his only career defeat coming against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In comparison, his American adversary is unbeaten in his 21 outings with 12 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
Alvarez heads into the fight as heavy favourite and is extremely excited about the prospect of becoming the first ever undisputed super-middleweight champion.
"At the end of the day, this is what I want to do with my career, make history," he added.
"These things, like becoming the first to be the unified champion at 168 pounds, is making history.
"To potentially be one of the few who holds this prestigious honour in any weight class makes me very happy.
"For my country, this would be a huge accomplishment. I want to be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of the sport."
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