By Steve Kim
In the lead-up to Saturday night's rematch between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez had complained that in last year's bout between the two - Alvarez had illegally wrapped his hands using a method called 'stacking' in which tape and gauze were layered against the rules.
Other camps prior to facing the Mexican star had complained of this tactic.
It remains an issue but Tom Loeffler, the head of GGG Promotions told BoxingScene.com on Thursday morning - "The layering or the stacking isn't an issue in the sense that Abel has accepted those are Nevada commission rules, so he understands we're going to follow the rules. So he understands we've got to follow the rules. When you're in California or New York you can wrap a certain way. When you're in Nevada or Texas, you can wrap a different way.
"I really think that's a bigger issue that needs to be addressed by the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) because if you have a world championship fight, whether you believe in layering or stacking of if you don't - it should be one way or the other and it will take all the controversy out of that argument."
So with that said, this conflict has not been resolved completely.
Loeffer continued by stating - "there is however a limitation on the rules of the Nevada athletic commission to the amount of gauze and tape. And the gauze really isn't a problem. The gauze is padding and to protect your hands and cushion and those type of things. There is an issue with the amount of tape that was used last time around because when you do put on two layers you basically put on twice as much tape and that's the biggest problem that Abel has.
"The Nevada commission has a limit of 24-foot on one-inch tape. Abel and the 'Triple G' team are looking to have them enforce that rule. As of right now, the position of the commission and Mr. (Bob) Bennett ( the executive director of the NSAC) is that both fighters can pretty much use as much tape as they feel necessary. That's a protest that Mr. Bennett said that we would need to file if we didn't agree with what their position is.
"So that's in the process now, in fact, I think it's already been filed. So we'll have to see how the commission rules on that."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.