Sanchez: Canelo's Hand Wraps for Golovkin Fight Were Illegal

By Keith Idec

Canelo Alvarez’s recent positive tests for Clenbuterol are far from Abel Sanchez’s only concerns leading up to Gennady Golovkin’s rematch against Alvarez.

Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, told Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole for a story posted Wednesday that the Nevada State Athletic Commission allowed Alvarez to illegally wrap his hands the night he fought Golovkin to a controversial draw September 16 in Las Vegas.

The veteran trainer from California detailed how he questioned what he viewed as the prohibited practice of “stacking” while watching Alvarez get his hands wrapped in his dressing room at T-Mobile Arena.

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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.”

When reached by Yahoo! Sports, NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell said Alvarez’s preferred method of wrapping his hands is legal and has been allowed in Nevada “for decades.” Sanchez met with NSAC executive director Bob Bennett regarding his concerns about Alvarez’s hand wraps following their middleweight title fight, but their discussion didn’t lead to anything that satisfied Sanchez.

Assuming the NSAC’s investigation clears Alvarez now that he has tested positive for Clenbuterol, the Mexican superstar 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 (HBO Pay-Per-View). Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Alvarez, announced Monday that Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) twice tested positive in February for a trace amount of Clenbuterol, a banned anabolic substance that can come from contaminated meat.


Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PeasantCrusha on 03-10-2018

Damn so Cotto fought 2 migrants with illegal wraps... damn...

Comment by PeasantCrusha on 03-10-2018

[QUOTE=TainoGodCanelo;18559139]Still hurt that Canelo beat your maricon, huh? Pathetic old fart. Need more toilet paper? LMFAO.[/QUOTE] Team Migrant has relied on "tainted" beef for years. The truth is coming to light and Canelo won a close fight against a 35…

Comment by Elroy The Great on 03-09-2018

le·gal ˈlēɡəl/Submit adjective 1. of, based on, or concerned with the law. "the American legal system" 2. permitted by law. "he claimed that it had all been legal" [B][U]Definition of for[/U][/B] English Language Learners. —used to indicate the place someone…

Comment by TainoGodCanelo on 03-09-2018

[QUOTE=PeasantCrusha;18555459]Team Tainted Beef is suspect...From Morales, Salido all the way up to Canelo. Sad day for migrants.[/QUOTE] Still hurt that Canelo beat your maricon, huh? Pathetic old fart. Need more toilet paper? LMFAO.

Comment by Graz on 03-09-2018

[QUOTE=McNulty;18556618]I thought he said he tried to but they threatened to throw him out?[/QUOTE] You’re right he did. I found that out later and posted too soon. When I first heard it I thought he didn’t intervene but apparently he…

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