Sanchez: GGG Won't Be Unified Champ; Saunders Won't Fight Him

By Keith Idec

CARSON, California – As important as it is to Gennady Golovkin to one day own all of boxing’s recognized middleweight titles, his trainer has given up hope of that happening.

Abel Sanchez is certain Golovkin would beat Billy Joe Saunders if they ever fought. Sanchez also is convinced that Saunders, the WBO 160-pound champion, doesn’t genuinely want to challenge Golovkin for full middleweight supremacy.

“Look, we know now that he’s never gonna be the unified champion,” Sanchez told a group of reporters following Golovkin’s second-round knockout of Vanes Martirosyan on Saturday night at StubHub Center. “Saunders is never gonna fight him. Saunders is never gonna fight him because, like I said a little while ago, is looking for lottery money. He’s waiting for that opportunity and Saunders doesn’t wanna fight him.”


England’s Saunders seemed willing to fight Golovkin last June. Negotiations ceased once Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and his handlers determined that there wouldn’t have been enough time between boxing Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) last June 10 in Kazakhstan and resting before the start of training camp for his September 16 showdown with Canelo Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs).

Once a deal was finalized for Alvarez and Golovkin to fight in Las Vegas, Oscar De La Hoya, Alvarez’s promoter, didn’t want Golovkin to fight Saunders first. With so much money at stake heading toward an Alvarez-Golovkin bout, it simply wasn’t worth the risk of suffering a cut or another injury or, worst of all, getting upset by Saunders.

The British southpaw would be an attractive alternative if Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, can’t come to an agreement with the suspended Alvarez’s handlers to reschedule their rematch for September 15. Sanchez suspects Saunders would price himself out of those negotiations, though, which would deny Golovkin an opportunity to add the WBO title to his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBC championships.

“Well, he asked for $7 million to fight [Daniel] Jacobs,” Sanchez said. “Isn’t that what he asked for to fight Jacobs? So imagine Golovkin. It’s gonna be Anthony Joshua money. So we’re kind of, in my opinion, we’re not gonna get that fourth belt. So really, the belts are not as important as what’s in Gennady’s best interests.”

The 28-year-old Saunders is scheduled to make the next defense of his WBO title June 23. He’ll make an optional defense that night against England’s Martin Murray (36-4-1, 17 KOs) at O2 Arena in London.

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 Street15 on 05-11-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18758232]well, it was a little silly..... you probably should not have wasted your/my time saying it I was obviously referring to veteran/retired fighters I was actually talking about every adult human being on the planet..... it would be childish to…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-11-2018

[QUOTE][B][SIZE="4"]every single fighter EVER, is 100% responsible - therefore accountable - for his resume/legacy.....[/SIZE][/B][/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Street15;18757879]I'm glad you agree. Now, keep that exact same agreement in mind when you speak. You seem to forget we are just fans quite a bit.…

Comment by Street15 on 05-10-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;18757735]that is great to hear because yea..... every single fighter [B]EVER,[/B] is 100% responsible - therefore accountable - for his resume/legacy..... they take the fights they want, and they pass on the rest pretending anything else, would be lunacy..... especially…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-10-2018

the only appropriate response to this thread is..... Sanchez is a fkn idiot, because Saunders agreed to their terms last year..... and they were not prepared to face him in June either

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-10-2018

[QUOTE=Street15;18757679]Huh? Fans have never been able to make excuses for boxers. You need to realize we are fans. We arent the boxers. We arent at the tables. It's impossible for fans to make excuses for boxers to not fight boxers.…

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