Title: Controversy Surrounding Naoya Inoue’s Hand Wraps Ahead of Super Bantamweight Title Fight
In a shocking turn of events, Naoya Inoue, set to face Stephen Fulton for the unified super bantamweight titles, has found himself at the center of controversy. Fulton’s trainer, Wahid Rahim, has accused Inoue of using improper hand wraps, raising concerns about the safety of both fighters.
Rahim claims that Inoue’s hand wraps consist of multiple layers of tape, forming a cast-like structure. This allegation has sparked worries about the level of protection these hand wraps provide, as well as the potential risk they pose to his opponent.
Faced with the accusations, Inoue took to Twitter to address the issue. He stated that he would abide by the Japanese rules for hand wrapping, given that the fight is scheduled to take place in Japan. This response suggests that there may be different regulations or practices regarding hand wraps in Japan compared to the United States.
To shed light on the matter, the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) has outlined specific guidelines for hand wraps. These guidelines include restrictions on the length and width of gauze and adhesive tape, designed to ensure fairness and safety in the sport.
Despite the seriousness of the accusation, Fulton’s camp seems unfazed by the hand wrap controversy. Fulton himself confidently dismissed the claims, stating that he doesn’t care if Inoue has bricks in his gloves, as he firmly believes he will emerge victorious in the fight.
With the highly anticipated Inoue vs. Fulton bout set to take place in Tokyo, Japan, fans worldwide eagerly anticipate the clash between these talented fighters. The fight will be streamed exclusively on ESPN+, making it accessible to a broader audience.
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As the fight draws nearer, all eyes will be on Inoue and Fulton, with the hand wrap controversy adding another layer of intrigue to an already captivating matchup. Boxing fans are counting down the days until these two fierce competitors step into the ring, vying for the unified super bantamweight titles.
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