3:35 PM PT -- Plant tells TMZ Sports his eye injury will NOT force the fight to be postponed ... explaining the bloody wound Canelo gave him is nothing more than "a scratch."
"Nothing I need surgery for or anything like that," said Caleb -- who was wearing a bandage over the injury. "It's just a little scratch."
Plant added the scrap will still go down on Nov. 6 as planned.
"Tune in," he said.
Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant couldn't wait 'til November to try to punch each other in the face ... 'cause the two just exchanged blows at a pre-fight event, with Alvarez making Plant bleed.
The boxers stared each other down before taking questions from media members in Los Angeles ... when suddenly, things got intense between the two.
Broadcast cameras showed Canelo shoved Plant ... and then repeatedly called him a "motherf***er."
That's when Plant came back and tried to land a huge haymaker ... which Canelo appeared to dodge.
Canelo then tagged Plant with a flurry of punches -- knocking off his sunglasses and causing the fighter to bleed from his right eye area.
Caleb Plant suffers a cut under his eye from the altercation at the Press conference with Canelo Alvarez 😳 pic.twitter.com/QkSyz4iiYB— Who’s In Your Corner? (@WhosInYaCorner) September 21, 2021
Caleb Plant suffers a cut under his eye from the altercation at the Press conference with Canelo Alvarez 😳 pic.twitter.com/QkSyz4iiYB
Eventually, the two were separated ... but Plant needed a white cloth to get the cut to stop oozing blood.
The drama, though didn't stop there ... 'cause the guys got heated, yet again, later in the press conference, with Plant calling Canelo a "motherf***er" as well as "a bitch."
Fight night is officially set for Nov. 6 in Las Vegas ... but it's clear the two certainly wouldn't mind trying to beat the hell out of each other multiple times before then.
Originally Published -- 2:24 PM PT