Exclusive: Signing to fight GGG is scary, means sleepless nights for opponents – Abel Sanchez

Naoki Fukuda

Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez says he’s not surprised that Chris Eubank Jr. is stalling on putting pen to paper ahead of a world title challenge against the four-belt champion.

Eubank Jr. has assured Golovkin and his team that a signature is on its way for a huge clash in the UK this fall, although Sanchez doesn’t blame the current British title holder for thinking twice about an agreement.

“I know that Tom Loeffler (GGG promoter) and the Hermann Brothers (managers) are working hard on it, but when it comes to Golovkin’s opponents, the signing of the contract is always scary for them,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It means sleepless nights just thinking about the fight and I’m sure the same thing is happening to Chris Eubank Jr. You can’t force anyone to agree and sign to step in the ring with the Middleweight Champion of the world.”

Chris Junior was not the original target for Golovkin’s 36th professional fight as the Kazakh puncher aimed to build on his highly impressive 91% KO ratio with a unification against Billy Joe Saunders.

Talks broke down early in 2016, although in the last few months there has been scarce contact between both sides as Golovkin continues to focus on eventually grabbing that final belt before moving up to 168 pounds.

“Saunders is a talker we know that, but he has no intentions of making himself available to fight Gennady Golovkin,” Sanchez said. “There are many ways to say you don’t want a fight and Saunders is showing all of those ways so far.

“Our job is just to keep GGG busy, fighting a minimum of three fights a year and hopefully, in the end we can make that fight,” he added.