Golovkin’s Promoter, Trainer Open to Canelo Fight

By Ryan Maquiñana

Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin’s next opponent is Marco Antonio Rubio, but that hasn’t stopped the chatter about a future clash with another Mexican fighter.

With the news of Canelo Alvarez’s multifight deal with HBO hot off the presses, the possibility of the Mexican star facing Golovkin – whose fights are also broadcast by the premium cable network -- has become a topic du jour.

“Going to HBO is a good move [for Alvarez], and it definitely opens the door for a fight with Gennady down the road,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director of Golovkin’s handler, K2 Promotions.

Golovkin’s trainer, Southern California-based Abel Sanchez, was in accord.

“That’s a great fight for next fall,” Sanchez said. “Canelo has a commitment in May with [Miguel] Cotto, I think, so next fall.”

When Sanchez was asked if Cotto-Golovkin were an option, the trainer simply replied: “I don’t think Cotto would show up.”

Of course, Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) is the current obstacle facing Sanchez’s 160-pound powerhouse, who has knocked out 17 consecutive foes and will aim to replicate the feat on Oct. 18 in Carson, California’s StubHub Center.

“We’re in the third week of sparring,” Sanchez said. “We have four guys sparring with him. Paul Mendez is one of them. I think he was 165 [pounds] a week ago at the 30-day weigh-in. It’s just a matter of not getting any injuries and doing a job in the 18th.”

Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) took a break from his Big Bear training camp and made the three-hour trip west to watch last Wednesday’s ESPN2 card in Santa Monica. His burgeoning Q factor was on full display as he was mobbed by fans for picture requests for the duration of the show.

Could the pugilistic pride of Kazakhstan’s newfound popularity stateside serve as a distraction?

“No, because it’s only here that he gets that kind of adoration,” Sanchez said. “In camp, nobody goes there. The public is not allowed. He does what he needs to do the job.

“If that’s the type of response he gets for this one, I would love to see what the response would be for the next one based on if he can keep doing what he’s been doing to his opponents. If he does this to Rubio, oh wow.”

Ryan Maquiñana is the Boxing Insider at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and the Editor-in-Chief of He is a full member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @RMaq28 or email him at [email protected] .

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ny123 on 10-08-2014

Of course he's open to one of the bigger fights available for him.

Comment by kafkod on 10-08-2014

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;15008189]Well, I [I]do[/I] want Ward vs Golovkin, my reasons are that I think it'd be a great, competitive fight. I also think it'd make most sense for Golovkin to establish some SMW credentials first, but I'd still be good with…

Comment by Mr. Objectivity on 10-08-2014

I would love to see this fight.. iF this happens after the cotto vs canelo fight.......Canelos heart in seeking the best fight for fans can never be questioned again.

Comment by Build That Wall on 10-08-2014

[QUOTE=junior gong;15008231]Floydspastic logic :- If you want to see floyd someone they dont want him to fight, then you are a fanboy of the fighter you would like to see floyd fight. Herp to the retarded, racist, flowmo derp![/QUOTE] This…

Comment by junior gong on 10-08-2014

Floydspastic logic :- If you want to see floyd someone they dont want him to fight, then you are a fanboy of the fighter you would like to see floyd fight. Herp to the retarded, racist, flowmo derp!

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