UFC president Dana White has criticised Showtime following the chaotic scenes that marred the first face-off between Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant on Tuesday.
The two fighters, who will meet on November 6 in Las Vegas to decide the undisputed super-middleweight championship, were involved in a brawl towards the end of the press conference.
Canelo aggressively shoved Plant backwards after the pair went eyeball to eyeball on stage.
Plant reacted by calmly walking towards his opponent and swinging a left hook in the Mexican’s direction.
Canelo dodged the punch before throwing a shot of his own and catching the American. The boxers were eventually separated by security.
Plant sustained a nasty-looking cut underneath his right eye as a result of the melee.
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Canelo accused Plant of talking about his mother, tweeting: “Don’t talk about my mom” alongside footage of the brawl.
He also told a journalist: "Oh, he talked about my mum. He said 'you motherf***er' so you passed the line right there, so that's why I pushed him and then he came back with a left hook. That's what happened."
Dana White reacts to Canelo Alvarez vs Caleb Plant brawl
UFC president Dana White, speaking hours later, was heavily critical of Showtime for not doing more to prevent the incident from happening.
“I’m not surprised. S***showtime, erm, they’re great,” White said sarcastically at the post-fight press conference for Season 5, Week 4 of the Contender Series. “Those guys are really good at what they do - from production to press conferences, they’re f***ing awesome.
“How long have you been in the business that you would let two fighters go up to each other face-to-face without somebody there to try to [keep them from fighting]. And then, when it breaks out, there’s like two women that are there before there’s a man anywhere near it.
“You couldn’t be f***ing dumber than what they did today, risk a massive fight with one of the biggest stars in the sport, by not having the fighters safe.
“You can’t let two alpha males walk up to each other face to face at the f***ing supper club or wherever the hell they were having that press conference today and let two guys stare down without somebody there to break it up.”
He added: “But they’re awesome. They do a great job with everything they do so it’s not shocking.”
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