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Exclusive: GGG trainer questions Canelo reason for dropping belt

Phil Jay 20/05/2016

Naoki Fukuda

Abel Sanchez has pondered why Canelo Alvarez gave the excuse that he didn’t want to be pushed to a deadline in a bid to agree a mandatory fight with Gennady Golovkin.

A middleweight contest had been stipulated by the World Boxing Council for some time, even before Canelo claimed the title from Miguel Cotto, although Sanchez is just happy that his man eventually came away with the green belt.

“Canelo and his handlers have had since before the Cotto fight (as it was part of the agreement) to think and mull over what negotiations and terms would be discussed to fight Gennady Golovkin,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I’m just glad that the situation is now resolved and we can get on with GGG’s quest to become the unified champion.”

Despite Canelo’s intent to keep the door open, Golovkin could now move on to the final championship in that said quest and make a mega-bucks offer to WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders.

Asked whether pursuing Saunders would be the case, Sanchez was he was leaving the matter in the hands of Golovkin’s managers Oleg and Max Hermann, alongside influential promoter Tom Loeffler.

“Who knows (what is next), I just have to concentrate on what Tom and the Hermann brothers line up,” he said.

“I am sure (Saunders) is on the agenda and Tom will reach out and try and make the best fight possible for us and for the middleweight division.”

Saunders’ UK rival Chris Eubank Jr has been noted in the media this week asking for a shot at Golovkin, although Sanchez was non-the-wiser when asked if that fight could happen this year.

“Not to my knowledge, but that’s a question for Tom,” pointed out Sanchez.