Canelo Alvarez was told to re-wrap his hands late on Saturday night just an hour before his scheduled fight with Rocky Fielding.
According to reports, Fielding protested Canelo’s hand wraps to the New York State Athletic Commission. As the drama unfolded, the Mexican was accused of ‘doubling up’ or ‘stacking’ his wraps.
Although it wasn’t confirmed or denied, Canelo was asked to re-wrap before the Madison Square Garden battle could then go ahead with all parties happy.
— Golden Boy Boxing (@GoldenBoyBoxing) December 16, 2018
As far as any wrongdoing, Canelo is not said to have broken any rules.
Fielding was ready to defend his title for the first time after his team oversaw a second wrapping.
Undercard results from MSG:
Remaining undefeated, Katie Taylor put on a masterclass performance to see off a rugged and determined Eva Wahlstrom.
Taylor, defending her unified lightweight titles against an unbeaten super-featherweight ruler, was never in any danger.
Slick combinations and the trademark superb footwork enabled Taylor to dominate each and every round against Wahlstrom.
A clash of heads opened up a cut on Wahlstrom’s forehead before punches in the final round saw a nick happen on the corner of the Finn’s eye.
Cards read 100-90 across the board after ten times two-minute rounds, mimicking the live WBN scorecard.
With the victory, Taylor pushes to 12-0 and could now be in for the biggest year of her career.
A unification against Delfine Persoon and a massive match-up with Amanda Serrano are in the pipeline for 2019.
Taylor’s brilliance was followed up by a star prospect on the Golden Boy roster in Ryan Garcia.
The youngster, boasting a massive social media following, is touted as the next big thing by Oscar De La Hoya.
‘Kingry’ almost got the job done in the very first session with a huge shot that dropped Braulio Rodriguez hard.
Rodriguez somehow got up and began rough-house tactics, unorthodox dancing and low blows in order to stop Garcia.
It proved successful for a few rounds until Garcia trapped him on the ropes and ended the fight in the fifth.
Garcia moves to 17-0.
Lamont Roach Jr. survived a hairy final round to see out a decisive ten round points win over Alberto Mercado.
The super-featherweight moves on to bigger fights following a 99-91, 98-92, 97-93 victory on the scorecards.
In the super lightweight opener, Yves Ulysse Jr dominated Maximilliano Becerra for the eight rounds duration.
Dropping the Californian on more than one occasion late in the contest, Ulysse moved to 17-1 with relative ease.
The 30 year-old Canadian has now won three fights on the spin since suffering a first career reverse to Steve Claggett in October 2017.