EXCLUSIVE: Gennady Golovkin’s trainer comments on IBF decision, possible 168 move after Canelo
Abel Sanchez is disappointed with the International Boxing Federation after the organization decided to strip Gennady Golovkin of their middleweight title.
Reacting to the news as Golovkin prepares for serious training to face Canelo Alvarez again on September 15, the respected trainer says both he and the current 160 pound king are aware of the politics which goes on behind the scenes.
“These organizations have their agendas,” Sanchez exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It’s a ridiculous situation and action taken by the IBF to take the title away from a long-standing champion like Gennady Golovkin.”
On how Golovkin took the news, Sanchez added: “It didn’t faze him, he understands the politics and agendas involved in these decisions.”
Reports have already surfaced that Golovkin’s rematch with Canelo at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in three months time will be his last at the middleweight limit.
The speculation began once the IBF made the red belt vacant as ‘GGG’ was then unable to fulfill his goal of unifying all of the belts against WBO ruler Billy Joe Saunders.
Golovkin had long targeted holding all five straps and being universally recognised as the best around, although the WBN Fighter of the Year for 2017 has already proved his worth at the weight class.
Claiming the pound for pound number one spot following the retirement of Andre Ward was proof enough Golovkin will be remembered as one of the top fighters of his generation, whilst Sanchez won’t rule out an attempt by the Kazakh to win a championship at super-middleweight.
Asked if he believes Golovkin is considering such a move, Sanchez told WBN: “I think he will seek the next challenge, wherever and at whatever weight category that is.”
Beginning a strong favorite to overcome Canelo after seemingly winning their initial bout (scored a shock draw), Golovkin could add to his feat of becoming just the third man in history to put any kind of dent on the Mexican’s record.
The first was a draw with Jorge Juarez a day before Canelo’s 16th birthday in 2006, whilst the second was to Floyd Mayweather in the biggest boxing event of 2013.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay