Abel Sanchez has explained that it was never an option for Gennady Golovkin to give up his IBF title ahead of his meeting with mandatory challenger Dominic Wade this weekend.
Eyebrows were initially raised when Golovkin picked out Wade as his next foe, even though the IBF had ordered the contest to take place before a scheduled WBC unification with Canelo Alvarez.
‘GGG’ now puts all his marbles on the line at The Fabulous Forum in California on Saturday night in a bid to end Wade’s perfect record and Sanchez says the Kazakh puncher’s eye is firmly on keeping and adding more straps to his haul.
“I have to remind everyone as Gennady has always stated that he wants all four middleweight belts, so It’s not hard to keep him focused,” said Sanchez.
“This keeps him motivated, he wants to be the undisputed middleweight champion. No way was he going to give up the IBF belt.”
On facing Wade, Sanchez added: “Wade is not spectacular but he is undefeated, I’ve followed him since he was an amateur. We’ll prepare for the best middleweight in the world and we’ll be ready.”
Former middleweight great Bernard Hopkins’ feat of 20 title defenses at 160 pounds is within reach for Golovkin following an active six-year reign and Sanchez is pleased his fighter has the opportunity to claim more accolades.
“It’s a big part of history to break Bernard Hopkins’ record and will be great for Gennady’s record. Wade is the next step; we’re going to prepare our utmost.”