Abel Sanchez, trainer for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs), believes his boxer had a hard time going to the body of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) - because the Mexican superstar refused to stand and trade and always stayed on the move.
Golovkin and Canelo fought to a controversial twelve round split draw last September at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The two sides are in negotiations for a planned rematch for the Cinco De Mayor date of May 5th, likely back at the T-Mobile.
As Sanchez complains that Canelo never stood his ground to fight and used movement throughout the fight - Golovkin failed to slow him down with his well-known hooks to the body.
Sanchez explained why Golovkin was unable to get those body shots in.
"It's a little difficult when a guy doesn't want to be a little more stationary, for Gennady to go to the body like he's done in the past. He did hit him with a body shot in the fourth or fifth round, and [referee] Kenny Bayless warned him that he hit Canelo in the back. And the reason he hit him in the back is because Canelo is turning his body to avoid some of the shots and when he turned his back his got hit," Sanchez told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.
"It's not the kind of fight where you want to get a point taken away. I'm sure a lot of those thoughts have gone through his mind. I noticed that he didn't really go back to the body after that. But like I said, it's really hard to hit a target when they are close to running away from you. Canelo may fight a different fight next time where there might be a body punching exhibition on both sides, because Canelo can really punch to the body but he has to be there to do that."
Sanchez is hoping things will be different for the rematch, with a lot more action and toe to toe fighting.
"I thought [Golovkin] had some moments where he could have capitalized and he didn't. Canelo fought the fight necessary for him not to get knocked out. I thought [Canelo] fought a great fight, for the style that he fought," Sanchez said.
"It wasn't the fight that the people expected. He talked a lot about knocking Gennady out before the fight, so did Oscar [De La Hoya] and so did Bernard [Hopkins]. Hopefully in the next fight they know each other better and go after each other more."