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Canelo Alvarez’s hand wraps are legal, commission deems, ahead of GGG rematch

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Canelo Alvarez’s hand wraps are legal after all.

Abel Sanchez, Gennady Golovkin’s longtime trainer, issued a public complaint Wednesday during an interview with Yahoo Sports, in relation to the way Alvarez’s hands were wrapped prior to his September meeting with GGG.

“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 said. “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.”

But it’s not illegal, the Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed Thursday ahead of the May 5 rematch between Alvarez and Golovkin for THE RING middleweight championship.

Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez and GGG’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, met in Las Vegas earlier in the day along with the chairman of the commission, Anthony Marnell, and Bob Bennett, the executive director.

“It’s the proper way to wrap the hands, and it’s going to be allowed for the second fight,” Gomez told THE RING during a phone interview Thursday. “But we discovered that Abel doesn’t know how to read or understand things. It’s not illegal to stack, it’s just another method to wrap his hands. You’re just not using tape or graze, you’re using both.

“I think it’s a little bit of a smear campaign. But [Sanchez] knows the commission would never allow a fighter to fight with illegal wraps. And if it’s that case [and the wraps weren’t proper], shame on him for allowing his fighter to fight someone with illegal wraps.”

The promotion is certainly becoming heated just two months out, between the hand wrap controversy and Alvarez’s positive test for traces of clenbuterol, a banned substance. Now it’s up to the fight to live up to the pre-fight drama.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger