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Exclusive: De La Hoya determined to keep Canelo away from GGG, says Coach Sanchez

Phil Jay 09/07/2016

Naoki Fukuda

Following the announcement of Gennady Golovkin’s clash with Kell Brook on September 10, trainer Abel Sanchez has commented on the fighter that really should have been in the opposite corner.

Golovkin was ordered to challenge Canelo Alvarez for the WBC title as the organization’s mandatory contender, although the Mexican chose to vacate the belt rather than face the big-punching Kazakh.

Canelo’s decision led to the World Boxing Council crowning Golovkin as their new ruler at 160 pounds but without a big name fight for the fall. Step in welterweight world title holder Kell Brook, who will now face ‘GGG’ in London, whilst Canelo trades blows with another Brit in Liam Smith a week later in the fight capital of Las Vegas.

Despite Canelo promoter Oscar De La Hoya making it public he wants to agree a fight with Golokvin for September 2017, Sanchez has questioned whether the former fighter fully intends to follow through with the encounter.

“Oscar will say whatever is necessary to keep from answering questions on Golovkin v Canelo. He deflects conversations very well and I think he will someday run for political office,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Oscar will do whatever is necessary to stay away from Golovkin, like going down a division when supposedly he is thinking of a September 2017 fight at middleweight.

“As long as GGG is a middleweight, fighters will kill themselves to make a lower weight and will ask for the impossible. Some may even feint injuries or say they have manager/promoter problems to get out of facing GGG.

“As soon as GGG signs a fight, everybody is calling him out, and once he moves out of the middleweight division we will hear the usual BS.

“For now, the usual is ‘I want to fight GGG, just not next’ – at least Kell Brook has stepped up,” he added.

Golovkin is a massive favourite to improve to 36-0 at the O2 Arena in the fall, whilst Canelo will be likewise against Smith at the MGM Grand.

Whether fans will ever get the chance to see the biggest fight out there at the moment fully hangs in the balance and won’t move any closer until Canelo makes a permanent move up into the 160 pound division.