Sanchez: If Canelo Rematch Is Made, GGG Won't Fight Before Then

By Keith Idec

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Abel Sanchez hopes their promoters can come to an agreement soon for Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez to fight again sometime next spring.

If that happens, Sanchez doesn’t expect Golovkin to box before facing Alvarez again. According to Golovkin’s trainer, there’s simply too much money at stake in an Alvarez-Golovkin rematch to take a bout in between.

“If they fight in May, I think we’d be foolish to take a chance,” Sanchez told on Wednesday. “They shouldn’t take that chance.”


Sanchez spoke during a media workout for one of his other fighters, IBF cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev. Russia’s Gassiev (24-0, 17 KOs, 1 NC) will oppose Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (53-3-1, 37 KOs) on Saturday night in the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is spending time with his family in Southern California and is optimistic about getting an immediate rematch with Mexico’s Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs). The IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion fought to a controversial 12-round draw with Alvarez in an HBO Pay-Per-View main event September 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tom Loeffler, managing director for K2 Promotions, said in the immediate aftermath of that bout that Golovkin would return to the ring sometime in December. It appears more likely, though, that if Loeffler can come to a rematch agreement with Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, Golovkin won’t fight until then.

Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez said Tuesday that scheduling an Alvarez-Golovkin rematch for some time in March is a possibility, but that it’s more likely it would take place May 5 (

“We’re just hoping that Tom and Oscar and Eric can come together on the fight soon,” Sanchez said. “I think it’s a fight that needs to happen. We shouldn’t wait until September [2018] – I don’t think, anyway. That’s too long. But if it does happen, hopefully it happens on that Mexican holiday, May the 5th [Cinco de Mayo].

“I think the buildup to May or March, whenever it may be, needs to be just that – a buildup to show people that they wanna go at each other again. They need to promote it in a way that they have time to do it. That way we can draw a little more interest to it.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by AhabSnake on 10-20-2017

As GGGs biggest fan,this is bull****, they're just milking it for the money. GGG was never about money, it was about unifying and then moving up. Sadly now it's about money, like Sanchez said. Canelo was just an obstacle in…

Comment by Basco on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=kingkhoas;18147236]Anyone with sense knows that you don't take chances unnecessarily,especially when your the older fighter. Alvarez loses nothing in a fight with tripple G. Tripple G fought him it was a "draw(so they say)". HE's not a champion, he holds…

Comment by Basco on 10-19-2017

I have a feeling the Canelo handlers don't want a rematch. Hell, it should've been announced by now, They already fought, how hard can it be to negotiate the rematch....unless.......

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 10-19-2017

[QUOTE=turnedup;18147206]He's ducking a guy whose most notable wins are: Bundrage, Williams, Heiland, and Trout....let's hold everyone to the same standard. He could very well turn out to beat Golovkin but this overhyping is nuts. Hell Lemieux has a better resume.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by ruedboy on 10-19-2017

After fighting 3X a year for a few years, Golovkin has settled into the 2 fights a year pattern we've seen with Floyd and Alvarez. First he waited on Jacobs, now it's Alvarez. No problem, sometimes you gotta wait on…

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