Golovkin fancied to have narrowly – but deservedly – beaten 27-year-old Canelo at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas only to be deprived of the win by judge Adalaide Byrd’s now-infamous rogue scorecard.
The proposed rematch, which had been due to take place on Cinco de Mayo this past weekend, was subsequently cancelled after Canelo tested positive for banned fat stripper clenbuterol in February.
He was handed a six-month ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – a punishment deemed too lenient by many – and will be eligible to fight again in mid-August.
There has been no love lost between Canelo’s camp and Golovkin’s representatives following the drugs test fall-out but the rivalry threatened to explode once again this week as GGG’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, accused the 49-1-2 fighter of using “illegal” hand wraps.
“[His hand wraps] are not within what we, as a business, understand it a fair play. They are building a cast,” Sanchez explained.
“In order to get away from the tape on the hands, they put wrap then tape, wrap then tape, wrap then tape.
“It’s like, what do you do when you get a cast? They put layers and layers and layers.
“Don’t quote me but you can call the California Commission and they’ll say that is completely illegal. They are ignorant there.
“If you’re familiar with weightlifting, when the guys put that belt on? All you’re doing is making your hand into a weapon. [The wrap] is not on the knuckle it’s just on the back of the hand.
“It protects you but if that is the rule then it needs to be universal.”
Golovkin stayed busy in his hastily-rescheduled return to action last night, wiping out Armenian Vanes Martirosyan inside two rounds in an emphatic statement to the middleweight division.
The WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and IBO champion is now expected to fight Canelo on Mexican Independence Day, September 16.