Former middleweight king Gennadiy Golovkin has outlined the reason for leaving Abel Sanchez in favor of Johnathon Banks.
‘GGG’ split with long-time coach Sanchez to join forces with ex-Klitschko trainer Banks as he gears up to fight on June 8.
Golovkin faces Steve Rolls in New York City and sees Banks as an important addition for a title run in his twilight years.
“I want to build on what I have already achieved and continue to improve as a boxer,” said Golovkin.
“Johnathon is teaching me new skills that will help me reach those goals. I believe in Johnathon’s teaching methods.
“We are working hard and I look forward to showing the world something special when I bring the Big Drama Show to Madison Square Garden on June 8.
Banks himself has been following Golovkin since his days in a head guard and vest. In pro terms, Golovkin went under the radar for the most part before he exploded onto the scene in 2012.
“I have always been a fan of Triple G since I began watching him as an amateur. I remember him at the Olympics and thought he was a tremendous talent,” said Banks. “When I got the call, of course, I was excited to be working with him.
“We have one goal and that is to officially return Gennadiy to the world championship throne that he deserves. The two fights Gennadiy had with Canelo reminded me of the two battles between Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns.
“Those fights had the same caliber of high-level competition. I can’t wait for Gennadiy to get another shot at him.”
Rolls must be taken care of in fine style as Golovkin will be under further pressure due to his decision to drop Sanchez.
Any sub-par performance will almost certainly be blamed on the transition.
Fights against WBO ruler Andrade or three-belt champion Canelo hang in the balance. Golovkin signed a mammoth six-fight deal with DAZN in the spring of 2019. Both Canelo and Andrade are believed to be part of the agreement.
A rematch with Daniel Jacobs could also be considered should Rolls be successfully maneuvered next month.