Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez is confident that few fighters in the world could live with the middleweight king’s power as the Kazakh continues to rip apart the 160lb division.
The 32 year-old proved against Daniel Geale last month that nobody is safe from a pounding by ‘GGG’ and Sanchez believes most of the top contenders are running scared from the undefeated knockout artist.
“I thought Gennady did what people expect from him against Geale,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It was not the plan to get him out early, but if GGG applies his usual pressure, plus the opportunity presents itself and he is able to connect, most 154 to 168 fighters will get KO’d.
“As I have said in the past, Gennady has the potential to be one of the best ever, but in order for that, we need the current so called stars to fight him. We have not been picky in the past and will fight whomever signs a contract, although not many out there will do it.”
A fight with current unified super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has been talked about throughout the summer, although the Briton’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already stated that HBO turned down the fight as a pay-per-view offering. On the back on his double triumph against George Groves, Froch, 37, is only interested in a PPV match-up as he winds down his successful career and Sanchez is downhearted that the fight did not manage to get off the ground.
“I am disappointed that HBO feel the fight is not worthy as I think GGG has demonstrated his style in every outing on TV, Gennady is perpetual action and a KO is usually a given, thus making it fan friendly entertainment,” he said.
“We hope to find an opponent soon that will take up the challenge and I understand that K2 management and HBO are looking to put something together for the fall.”
Two other potential foes in Miguel Cotto and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr have been linked to fighting each other at some point – rather than a clash with Golovkin, although Sanchez has joined others in saying that the fight is a non-starter due to the current weights of the pair.
“Cotto v Chavez will never happen,” predicted Sanchez. “Chavez no longer makes 160 and will never agree to a catchweight either.”
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