EXCLUSIVE: Trainer Abel Sanchez clear on Gennady Golovkin future

Phil Jay 30/01/2019
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WBN caught up with respected trainer Abel Sanchez this week in order to get the latest on former middleweight king Gennady Golovkin.

As several reports pull Golovkin in different directions, the Kazakh puncher has a plethora of options open to him.

The removal of HBO from boxing after 45 years. Coupled with a defeat to Canelo Alvarez have made Golovkin’s immediate future unclear.

A mandatory order by the WBC to face Jermall Charlo for a trilogy shot at Canelo has also clouded the situation.

Here’s a rundown of what we know so far.

  • Golovkin asked for patience in order to spend time with his family and to discuss what’s next
  • GGG made no decision on whether he would pursue a third fight with Canelo
  • He is a TV free agent after HBO’s withdrawal from the sport. DAZN, ESPN, FOX and Showtime are all interested
  • Oscar De La Hoya said the only way a third Canelo fight happens is on DAZN

Sanchez was first asked when we should expect an official statement from Golovkin on his next move. He exclusively told World Boxing News in reply: “GGG is on vacation from boxing, he values his private time. His decision will come once he has evaluated the best option for his career, family and for the sport of boxing.”

On whether retirement was a possibility, Sanchez replied: “GGG has had a great Hall Of Fame career. His accomplishments and records will stand on their own.

“He has nothing else to prove to anyone, so his future will be determined by GGG.”

Quizzed on the Charlo order by the WBC, Sanchez was non-plussed: “What’s in GGG’s best interest is the main focus.

“Nobody or no Organization will determine who GGG will fight. When he decides the direction, he will decide whom he fights.

“Once GGG does decide and issues a press release, that will have a definitive answer,” he added.


Canelo faces Danny Jacobs on May 4th in a Las Vegas unification encounter. The fight airs live on streaming service DAZN.

As of now, it’s not clear whether Golovkin will make a return in the spring before he pursues the resumption of hostilities with Canelo in September.

A move up 168 has been mentioned by WBN in the past, although the big money lies with Canelo.

The first fight is reported to have secured 1.3m PPV buys, with the second coming in at 1.1m.

Doing it all over again seems the logical move to make. But what Sanchez made abundantly clear is that it will be Golovkin who makes the final call when he’s good and ready.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay