Trainer Abel Sanchez brushes off suggestions Gennady Golovkin is looking old
Trainer Abel Sanchez hasn’t seen any indications in training to suggest Gennady Golovkin’s ferociousness is diminishing with his advancing years.
Golovkin, who is now 35, fought what seemed to be a solid fight against Canelo Alvarez in September only to be flummoxed when the scorecards were revealed.
Canelo claimed a split decision draw in Las Vegas, something which has since made Golovkin reluctant to return to the boxing capital for their May 5th return match-up.
In a recent interview with Jenna Jay, Sanchez was asked whether the extra six months will be detrimental to Golovkin’s chances at the veteran stage of his career, although the top coach was adamant the big-punching Kazakh was the same fighter in the gym.
“I’m not father time, but in the gym, I see the same things I saw before,” Sanchez told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.
“Obviously we are training different than we did eight years ago because he is getting a little bit older, but until somebody really dominates him in a way that the speed is too much or the boxing is too much, only then I’ll say he’s getting old.
“Until now, nobody has done that, Canelo didn’t do that. I will tell you this, I will be brutally honest when I see it in the gym or if I see it in a fight,” he added.
Many believe Golovkin, who earned the number one pound for pound spot for his performance against the Mexican, should rightly be recognized as such and be in a position to fully unify the division against Billy Joe Saunders.
Another meeting stands in the way of that dream becoming a reality for Golovkin and Canelo will be hoping to dethrone the undefeated warrior to set-up a meeting with the talented Briton for himself.
An official announcement on the venue for GGG v Canelo II is expected by the end of February.