Watch Golovkin vs Alvarez 2 from las vegas T mobile arena . The fans at home might not know this, but the hand wrapping of a boxer is considered an art. Different trainers use different techniques to wrap the hands of their boxers, but there are some rules that apply to the proses. When GGG faced off against Alvarez in 2017 the hand wrapping techniques used by trainer Eddy Reynosa on Alvarez was highly scrutinized by GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez.
It is standard procedure for an inspector and a representative from the opponent’s camp to be present during the wrapping process in order to ensure transparency. Before their 2017 fight, the inspector for the Nevada Athletic Commission was Francisco Soto. Sanchez was observing the wrapping process and immediately raised his hand to object to the fact that Reynosa applied a layer of gauge between two layers of tape. According to Soto, there was a layer of gauge on his skin and that the wrapping process used by Reynosa was, in fact, legal and that it is standard practice. Sanchez said that he would be filling a protest but Soto was quick to say that they have used this wrapping technique over a thousand times and that filing a protest would be useless.
This controversy is yet to be cleared and it will be a big point of discussion during the Golovkin vs. Alvarez 2 rematch in September 2018. The big issue at hand here is about the interpretation of the rules. Nevada and Texas are currently the only states that allow the stacking method during hand wrapping. Sanchez has gone out of his way to prove his point, on the 8thof Aug, 2018 he did the hand wrapping for a young boxer, Ali Akhmedov, in Hollywood and used the stacking technique in order to see the response by the inspector. The inspector for the California State Athletic Commission immediately intervened when he observed what Sanchez was doing.
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Sanchez refuses to use the stacking wrapping on GGG, his reasons are that he doesn’t want his fighter to get used to something that he probably won’t normally be able to use on a regular basis. In a recent fight in Arizona between Ray Beltran and Jose Pedraza, it was noticed that Beltran had stacked wrapping and he received a big amount of scrutiny on social media, many called it illegal and cheating. There is without a doubt a grey area in the rules and it will definitely be a big point of discussion come the rematch on the 15th.