Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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 BoxingScene.com.

"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 up...as 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

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (76)
Top Headlines Errol Spence Stays Ready in The Gym as IBF Scenario Plays Out WBC Reacts To Behavior, Controversial Comments By Angel Garcia Sullivan Barrera Accepts Artur Beterbiev IBF Eliminator WBA President Gives Status on Heavyweights, PED Testing, More Luis Ortiz vs. Jarrell Miller Could Top First Matchroom Card in U.S. Video: Michael Conlan Discusses His Pro Debut in March Joshua Coming To America, as Hearn Begins Build To Wilder Fight Felix Diaz Dares Crawford: Fight a Real Challenge, I'll Go To Omaha! Cotto vs. Kirkland, Lemieux vs. Stevens Land on BoxNation Photos: Anthony Mundine, Tim Tszyu Putting in Work Photos: Haye, Schaefer Hold Presser To Announce Their UK Deal Erislandy Lara-Yuri Foreman Card Generates 547,000 Viewers Photos/Weights: Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Ready For Bouts David Haye, Richard Schaefer Team Up, Launch Hayemaker Ringstar Froch: Smith is Not Ready For DeGale, Should Face Dirrell First Pedro Diaz on N'Dam's Big KO Win, Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Gamboa Luis Ortiz: Miller Will Have To Back Up The Crap He's Talking Adonis Stevenson: Unfair Haters Call All of My Opponents 'Bums' Danny Garcia: Not Worried About Critics Who Won't Say it to My Face Eubank Jr: In a Rematch I Would Annihilate Saunders in Four! Pacquiao: In The Eyes of The People - I Beat Floyd Mayweather Andrew Selby Faces Diale For WBC Regional on Eubank-Quinlan Wilkins, Karkardi To Appeal BBBofC Bans Over Nick Blackwell Manny Pacquiao: I Would Fight Conor McGregor - Only in Boxing De La Hoya Worried: Chavez Jr. Could Derail Canelo-Golovkin Plan Danny Garcia on Father's Racial Jabs: I've Heard Trump Say Worse! The Return of Zab Judah Ricardo Mayorga Holds Press Conference, Reveals April 1 Return DeGale: Mayweather Came To My Room, I Doubt I'll Work With Him! Cuadras Sides With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Take Down Canelo Canelo-Chavez: Big Promotional Tour on Tap, Big Undercard Plans Photos: David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens - Face To Face in Montreal Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin, He's Not The Truth! Photos: Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman - Official Weigh-in Leo Santa Cruz: I’ll Fight Different Than in First Frampton Bout Froch: I'm Very Confident Callum Smith Beats Anthony Dirrell Juan Jose Velasco Faces Fernando Marin in WBA Regional Clash Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout Dejan Zlaticanin: I Will Catch Mikey Garcia and Knock Him Out Brooklyn Boxing With a Big 2016, Bigger 2017 is Expected
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement