Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez is hopeful a deal can be struck between the middleweight king and Billy Joe Saunders despite the latter saying a contest was no longer on the table.
Saunders, who holds the only title not in the possession of the big-punching Kazakh, told WBN last week he wants to face Golovkin in his own backyard before stipulating a deadline of days to sign a contract.
That point in time came and went last Friday and Saunders has since stated his desire to move on. Despite this, Sanchez wants Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler to reignite negotiations – if possible.
Asked by World Boxing News whether the fight was still on Golovkin’s mind, Sanchez exclusively told WBN: “That’s a question for Tom Loeffler but I would love the fight against Billy Joe Saunders.
“It also means to me that GGG will be busy this year, so fighting Saunders would be good for us,” he added.
Golovkin is still being linked to a potential battle with Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez, although reports a scheduled September date could be delayed have surfaced again.
There’s no doubt which is the bigger fight for Golovkin moving forward, but the three-time WBN Fighter of the Year has always made it clear he wants that final title belt.
This desire puts Saunders in a strong position to be the next in line should the Briton have a change of heart and accept any further advances from K2 to get the fight together for the summer.
WBC CHAMPION – Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)
WBA ‘SUPER’ CHAMPION – Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)
WBA CHAMPION – vacant
IBF CHAMPION – Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)
WBO CHAMPION – Billy Joe Saunders (Great Britain)
IBO CHAMPION – Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)