Sanchez: Andre Ward Should Tune Up on ESPN, Not HBO!

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Abel Sanchez, the trainer of IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24KOs) and several others, is siding with HBO's decision to reject several potential opponents that were presented to face Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs) on their network. Ward has been inactive since last September's TKO of Chad Dawson. During training camp for an early 2013 return, Ward suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery.

Ward was slated to return on September 28 but the fight is now pushed back to November 16, which gives the boxer and HBO more time to agree on an opponent.

Sanchez understands that Ward might want an easier opponent because he is coming off a long layoff and shoulder surgery, but that doesn't mean HBO has to pay for it.

"The public is now demanding better fights. The public is now demanding fights that are entertaining and will keep you glued to the TV. And I think with Andre asking for these easy fights, the public is having a hard time with that. We're in the entertainment business and if you don't want to entertain then you shouldn't be on TV," Sanchez told

"The network doesn't see that any of the names that he's presenting are good enough to give their viewership what they demand. You have to understand that he's coming off of an injury too. Taking that into consideration, maybe he shouldn't fight on HBO. Maybe he should fight on ESPN or Fox Sports and get a tuneup fight and build back they do in other sports, [in] the minor leagues. I hope that he fights this year, so that he's ready next year for what's discussed [a fight with Golovkin]. But that's up to Andre."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hougigo on 09-06-2013

Unless HBO is willing to pay for it, might as well NBC or FNF can't put up much money though

Comment by doninlouisiana on 09-06-2013

[QUOTE=Tommy Gun;13712829]Not only does he want to fight a lame in the tune up fight but he also wants a $2+ Million purse aswell. Smh[/QUOTE] As HBO has said "That ain't happening" :boxing:

Comment by INGLEWOOD on 09-05-2013

[QUOTE=SugarAnt05;13712729]Sanchez is speaking the truth, he's not taking shots at Ward. Why should HBO constantly pay for a no name, no hope, tomato cans in what has been a pretty solid year for boxing. I hope Ward comes back strong…

Comment by timurgepard on 09-05-2013

It is highly disrespectful what he is saying towards other channels NBC, ESPN. They can easily start a case towards him. Who Gena fought with? Are them top ranked fighters? Andre Ward is also avoided by others. And he should…

Comment by JamesEarl on 09-05-2013

Andre Ward is too dull for HBO

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