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2019

Exclusive: Golovkin trainer Sanchez discusses possible Froch fight

Phil Jay 14/11/2016

Lawrence Lustig / Naoki Fukuda

Abel Sanchez believes Carl Froch walked away from boxing before his time amidst reports the Briton could make a sensational comeback against Gennady Golovkin in 2017.

Froch, 39, has been out of action for two and half years since knocking out George Groves in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, working for Sky Sports as a pundit since giving up his two super-middleweight world titles.

Having been challenged by a rising Golovkin before hanging up his gloves, Froch has been forced to watch on as ‘GGG’ became one of the most influential figures in the sport and Sanchez says he is open to a fight happening between the pair.

“In my view, Carl Froch retired too young and with the fire still burning,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Froch wasn’t forced to retire by age or losing a fight. Most boxers that walk away on their terms regularly stay in shape and have hopes for another opportunity.”

On the possibility of Golovkin v Froch next year, Sanchez gave his view on what weight the fight could happen after figures in the region of 170 or 172 pounds were mentioned in the media.

“We will convene as the GGG Team and see what our options and what Gennady would be willing to give up (weight-wise).

“Froch is still huge in the UK, and his losses are not the retiring type. Let’s see if Tom (Loeffler) and Eddie (Hearn) can come up with something that works for both,” he added.

Golovkin has always been open to fighting between 154 and 168 pounds in the past, whilst Sanchez didn’t rule out facing Froch even though the contest could fall outside that initial category.

It’s no secret Golovkin has longed for the Froch encounter for some time, although a meeting with ‘The Cobra’ as he’s pushing 40 may not tick every box with the fans. Most would rather see a fight with Canelo Alvarez come to fruition sooner than later.

The majority would probably rather see a fight with Canelo Alvarez or even Billy Joe Saunders come to fruition unless Froch can prove he’s still a world class operator 30 months on.

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