Exclusive: GGG trainer Sanchez expects WBO belt for Parker-Ruiz, backs Klitschko over Joshua

Phil Jay 15/10/2016

Naoki Fukuda

Top world champion training coach Abel Sanchez has informed WBN that he believes any fight between Joseph Parker and new charge Andy Ruiz Jr. will be for the vacant WBO belt.

Tyson Fury vacated the strap, along with the WBA and IBO versions, leading to number one Parker and third placed Ruiz opening talks for what they immediately thought would a sanctioned clash.

WBO President Paco Valcarcel recently threw a spanner in the works by stating a four-man tournament, including Parker, Ruiz and two other fighters, could be arranged instead to settle a new champion.

Despite this, Sanchez remains hopeful negotiations for the Parker v Ruiz fight will be completed soon.

“Top Rank are trying to finalize fight but I don’t know yet what month it will take place,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“As far as I know, It’s definitely for the vacated WBO title,” he added.

Asked his thoughts on the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko clash, which promoter Eddie Hearn is attempting to finalize for December 10 – possibly with the WBA and IBO belts added to the IBF strap – Sanchez gave what some may see a surprising prediction.

“I think Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko is a very good scrap,” he said. “I think we see a much more animated and aggressive Klitschko, he has to be as he is the challenger.

“If you ask me for a result I’d go for Klitschko by close decision,” added Sanchez.