Golovkin's Coach: Charlo Not a Marquee Name, Saunders Better

By Rick Reeno

Las Vegas - At the moment, Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) is preparing for his scheduled rematch with Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).

Their fight takes place on September 15th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Should Golovkin win, there are plenty of options on the table.


One of those options is WBC mandatory challenger Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs).

The World Boxing Council has already issued an order which directs the winner of Golovkin vs. Canelo to face Charlo next.

Charlo, in his last ring appearance, blasted out Hugo Centeno in two rounds to capture the WBC interim-title in April.

He was previously the IBF's world champion at junior middleweight, and moved up in weight to 160-pounds in July of 2017 with a TKO of Jorge Sebsation Heiland. In his last bout at 154-pounds, he knocked out undefeated mandatory challenger Julian Williams in five rounds.

Despite his mandatory standing, he's not viewed as a lucrative option for Golovkin - who admits his preference would be a unification with WBO world champion Billy Joe Saunders of the UK.

Able Sanchez, who trains Golovkin, agrees with his boxer.

He also would prefer to see Golovkin fight Saunders in the very near future.

The veteran trainer, while praising the skills of Charlo, indicates that he's not done anything of note - as a middleweight - to deserve a lucrative crack at Golovkin.

"Charlo is a good fighter. He had a good reign at junior middleweight. He's a good boxer. He gets into some trouble sometimes because he talks a little more than he should. But he's not a marquee name that would warrant Golovkin fighting him. I think Saunders is a much bigger fight than Charlo," Sanchez told

Besides Charlo and Saunders, there is also the possibility that Golovkin could fight the WBA's top challenger, Ryota Murata of Japan - who holds the WBA's "regular" title at the weight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 07-09-2018

[QUOTE=King Arthur;18924287]I'm a big fan of King genad Gennadyevich. But this is indefensible. Charlo [B]not marquee[/B] yet wade n Monroe Jr were? Get out of here with that shat.[/QUOTE] they said that [B]EXACT[/B] same thing about Mora/Lara/Ward oh..... before running…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 07-09-2018

[QUOTE=OnePunch;18924044]doesnt matter what Derev said, because it isnt his call. Its Connely's call. And Connelly would spend 3 weeks arguing about what color gloves to wear. He cant even make a fight that he has both sides of (Derev-Jacobs). [B]To…

Comment by goldenbear on 07-09-2018

I would love to see Charlo vs GGG however Golovkin is at end of his career and Saunders and several other fighters makes $en$e because they have a country behind them and would command substantially bigger paydays and less risk.…

Comment by efreng on 07-09-2018

Charlo is a mandatory so regardless of who he has fought he earned his mandatory they are just afraid of the young hungry lion with punching power. Them willing to fight that piece of **** vanes but not charlo says…

Comment by BLASTER1 on 07-09-2018

Gotta face the truth. GGG aint gonna fight Charlo when he brings naught to the table. Either fight someone your equal or get in line cause ya aint gonna get this fight by hope.

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