The trainer of middleweight king Gennady Golovkin has informed WBN that the Kazakh puncher is not currently in training after reports surfaced of a possible regime to move down to 154lbs.
Golovkin was ready to boil down to super welterweight in a bid to snag a mega-fight with world number one Floyd Mayweather Jr in September, although is now spending time away from boxing after giving up on any potential agreement.
“GGG is not currently in training, he is enjoying his off-time with his family,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News on Saturday.
“We do not have a date nor an opponent at this time as Tom (Loeffler, promoter) and the Hermann Brothers (managers) are in the process if securing us an opponent.”
The 33 year-old is first in line to face the winner of the recently settled November 21 WBC title bout between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez – who are set to collide at a catchweight of 155lbs. That means Golovkin could still be forced to shed weight for his next big fight as whoever comes out on top may well stipulate that the WBA and IBO title holder must agree to come down.
A weight of around 156 or 157 could be sought by either Cotto or Canelo if Golovkin is to gain a chance to prove himself early in 2016, although Sanchez says no decision on boiling down in weight will happen until they have a challenger secured for their next fight.
“Gennady is the middleweight Champion and I hope he defends his title, but the search by Tom continues for a brave soul at any viable weight. When a deal is struck, we will train towards that weight and date,” added Sanchez.
In the past, Golovkin has aimed for four fights per year in his bid to stay active, but with time running out on a September bout, it looks likely that ‘GGG’ will only fight three times this year whilst he awaits the outcome of Canelo v Cotto.
A routine defence of his belt around October time, maybe even at a lower weight of around 158lbs, would make sense to prepare for any specifications laid down by Cotto or Canelo as GGG edges closer to facing the massive pound for pound rivals the formidable knockout artist craves.