Rocky Fielding’s trainer Jamie Moore has opened up about the backroom drama before his charge faced Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night.
While both boxers were preparing for battle the Team Fielding took issue with the way Alvarez had his hands wraps.
Moore claimed the Mexican’s camp were using a technique known as ‘stacking’, a practice banned in some jurisdictions – including New York – and both the trainer and his offsider Nigel Travis pointed out the transgression.
“As you can imagine because of the superstar he is, he gets the rub of the green,” said Moore in an interview with Boxing News. “I’d seen somebody getting wrapped up on DAZN, they put it on Twitter, I’d seen it earlier on and I said that’s not right in this state.
“They were wrapping the tape numerous times round the wrist and hand. It’s stacking, you’re not allowed to do it. We raised it as an issue, the [New York State Athletic] Commission agreed, said, ‘No, you’re right, you can’t do it.’ I sent Nige in and Nige got there, they’d already done it. So made them take it off, said you’re not allowed to do that.
“The commission agreed to take it off and then they done it again. No, take it off again. So they started going crazy. Sent five people into my room saying take the tape off his hand, I said no problem, I don’t want tape on.
“We knew we were going to walk into those sort of situations when we were coming here so we weren’t surprised. But Nige did the exact right thing. He didn’t bow to them. He went out and got the main guy and said tell them to take that off twice. He had them do it twice. It had to be rewrapped twice and rightly so.
“At the end of the day there are rules and regulations and people have to stick by them. You can’t just do your own thing because you’re Canelo.”
The fight itself didn’t go to plan. Fielding failed to utilise his substantial height and reach advantages, opting instead to keep the fight short. It was a fatal mistake that resulted in four trips to the canvas before the fight was stopped at 2:38 of the third frame.
“As far as longevity’s concerned it wasn’t a nine, 10, 11 round beat down,” Moore mused. “He’ll be alright. He’s disappointed, I’m gutted for him because I know he could have done it better.
“We believed we could have won before, if we’d done it right, but watching that now it was a big ask. He wanted to test himself against the very best. And that’s all you can want from a fighter.”