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GGG trainer: All considered who would take the fight, Murray in the UK possible

Phil Jay 08/07/2013

Middleweight puncher Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez has explained to WBN that a fight with Martin Murray in Britain is one of the possibilities being considered by his fighter on the back of his crushing win over Matthew Macklin last week.

WBN exclusively revealed that Murray was the top target for Golovkin’s next outing, although visa problems Stateside would have prevented the potential clash going ahead on the date in question in New York City.

Now, Sanchez has agreed with Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 in his belief that a fight in the UK is very possible between the two if an acceptable offer can be put together by Murray’s promotion outfit Hatton Promotions.

“I have no problem going to the UK as they are ardent, fanatical fans and appreciate greatness,” Sanchez told World Boxing News. “If Tom Loeffler can work out the details and it makes economic sense, why not.”

The original fight, scheduled by HBO for November 2, would have seen Murray make his US debut in challenging ‘GGG’ for his WBA and IBO titles, although Sanchez admitted that there is next to no chance of the visa issue being worked out in time to seal the deal.

“I think Murray wants the fight with Gennady but his legal issues may be a hurdle too hard to get over,” said Sanchez.

“Right now, I will wait for the promoter to ask me to approve or disapprove any opponents, but I don’t have a preference at this point and it’s really just about who is willing to take the fight.”

Golovkin, 31, has quickly established himself at the very top of 160lbs with his third round victory at Foxwoods, with the manner of his stalking win against Macklin the hot topic of the sport in recent days.

Beyond a fight with Murray, Golokin has limited options to improve his standing in the rankings further, although a three-belt battle with the winner of the HBO broadcast IBF match-up between Daniel Geale v Darren Barker is an early favourite.