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Exclusive: Golovkin would relish 168 two-belt title chance, winner of Jack v DeGale – Sanchez

Phil Jay 28/10/2016
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Trainer Abel Sanchez says moving up to super-middleweight in a bid to unify another division would be hard to pass up for current middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.

With four titles in his possession and with an eye on completing the set against Billy Joe Saunders in 2017, Sanchez and Golovkin will be interested spectators when Badou Jack and James DeGale unify the 168 pound division on January 14 next year.

Whoever comes out on top and claims number one status at the higher weight, would then become a solid target for Golovkin should a fight with Saunders or main rival Canelo Alvarez fail to materialize.

“Being a champion of several middleweight organizations means you have mandatory obligations, so if there is no other requirements and Tom Loeffler, along with the Hermann Brothers can come up with a good opportunity at 168, we would obviously relish the chance to win another belt in a different division,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I think Badou Jack v James DeGale is a very good fight. DeGale struggled in his fight with Medina, so if he is not at his best Jack has a great chance to become a star. If both guys are on point it’s a 50/50 fight.

“Actually, I think it will be an enjoyable all-out war. The winner could then make for a good fight with GGG.”

On Golovkin’s immediate future, Sanchez pointed out that rekindling talks with Daniel Jacobs was at the forefront of proceedings, although one eye remains firmly on UK rival Saunders for early in 2017.

“I am hoping that it’s Jacobs as I think he is the second-best middleweight right now and it’s a great story,” he said. “Jacobs being a cancer survivor and his rebounding with eight consecutive KO’s since the loss to Pirog has put him right up there.

“However, the WBO middleweight title is the target, whomever we have to fight for it,” added Sanchez.

Golovkin, 34, recently returned to training at The Summit Gym in Big Bear as the big punching Kazakh eyes a fight in the first quarter of the New Year.

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