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SANCHEZ: CANELO’S HAND WRAPS WERE ILLEGAL FOR GOLOVKIN FIGHT

Amid the drug scandal that continues to circulate around Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez the fall out as continued with suggestions from Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez that the Nevada State Athletic Commision allowed the illegal wrapping of Canelo’s hands in the controversial draw on September 16th.

According to Sanchez, an unnamed inspector for the NSAC warned that he would be removed from Alvarez’s dressing room if he continued to argue about how Alvarez’s hands were wrapped.

“They put the gauze on his hand and he put one layer of gauze on the hand, and then they put the tape on top of the gauze,” Sanchez told Yahoo! Sports. “Immediately, I caught that and I said, ‘Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! That’s illegal. He can’t do that.’ And the inspector looked at me and said, ‘Yes, he can do that.’ It’s called stacking and it’s illegal, and you can’t do that. It’s creating a cast.

“We kept going back and forth, to the point where he threatened to throw me out of the room. But they put a layer of gauze on and then two or three layers of tape on top of that, and then gauze and tape again. That’s illegal.”

Yahoo! Sports reached out to NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell who said that Alvarez’s preferred method of wrapping his hands is legal and has been allowed in Nevada “for decades.”

Canelo will challenge Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) for his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC middleweight titles in a rematch May 5 at T-Mobile Arena.

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