LAS VEGAS – It wasn’t just Canelo Alvarez’s two-handed shove in September that convinced Caleb Plant that he has gotten under the Mexican superstar’s skin.

Alvarez’s body language and overall behavior when they were together convinced Plant that he has annoyed Alvarez. Plant suspects that his own confidence level has rubbed Alvarez the wrong way, as if the unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion were supposed to express deference toward the four-division champion he’ll encounter November 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“I think something about me irritates him,” Plant told at City Boxing Club. “You know, it’s not like I was talking about his mom or anything like he said. You know, I think he knows he’s got somebody in front of him who’s the real deal, who’s not scared of him, not just here to pick up a check and hand over his belt. But coming to win and gonna win.

“And I think he can feel that, and he don’t like that. And, um, you know, even after the situation, you know, he got up there to talk and he couldn’t even get his words out. He’s up there stuttering and trying to get his … you know, he couldn’t even talk, so you know.”

Plant, of Ashland City, Tennessee, is undefeated (21-0, 12 KOs), but the more accomplished Alvarez (56-1-2, 38 KOs) is listed by Caesars Sportsbook as a 9-1 favorite to win their Showtime Pay-Per-View main event on Saturday night. In addition to Plant’s IBF belt, they’ll fight for Alvarez’s WBA, WBC and WBO 168-pound championships and the distinction of becoming their division’s first fully unified champion during the four-belt era.

Plant’s preparation for the biggest fight of his career hasn’t been negatively impacted by the scrape he suffered beneath his right eye during their scrap at their initial press conference September 21 in Beverly Hills, California. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.