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Sanchez: Golovkin Not Slipping; Opposition Has Just Been Better!

By Keith Idec, photo by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos

NEW YORK – The question was inevitable.

Following back-to-back performances that created some doubt about Gennady Golovkin’s invincibility, is Golovkin starting to show signs of slippage? The undefeated middleweight champion is, after all, just three weeks shy of his 35th birthday.

Abel Sanchez, Golovkin’s trainer, thinks Golovkin’s outings against Kell Brook and Daniel Jacobs were more reflective of the level of competition, not Golovkin moving out of his prime.

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“Yeah, this is the same guy,” Sanchez said Sunday morning, following Golovkin’s unanimous-decision defeat of Jacobs at Madison Square Garden. “He’s getting a lot better, but the opposition’s getting a lot better. Daniel was a champion, is a champion still in my mind. If we get the fight in Kazakhstan, and Gennady vacates once he wins against Saunders [on June 10], Daniel I’m sure is gonna be champ [and own] one of the belts. He’s probably better – other than Golovkin, he’s probably better than anybody else out there. He beats every other middleweight.”

When asked again if Golovkin’s skills have deteriorated since he first fought on American television in September 2012, Sanchez said, “No. I just think the opposition’s getting better.”

England’s Brook (36-1, 25 KOs) was faster than Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) and showed boxing ability that troubled Golovkin when they fought September 10 at O2 Arena in London. Brook also was a welterweight who moved up two weight classes to challenge Golovkin, but before he was stopped during the fifth round landed enough punches against the knockout artist from Kazakhstan to make him appear vulnerable.

Brooklyn’s Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) boxed well against Golovkin, often out of a southpaw stance, took Golovkin’s power well other than suffering a fourth-round knockdown and was very competitive against Golovkin on his way to ending the WBA/WBC/IBF/IBO middleweight champion’s knockout streak at 23 fights.

“He’s my best opponent,” Golovkin said. “He’s very smart. He has very good boxing technique. He’s moving, you know, don’t have panic, don’t lose control. It’s very good.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joesaiditstrue on 09-11-2017

[QUOTE=War Mayweather;17523180]so abel admits GGG was only looking good cause he was facing subpar competition. Got it.[/QUOTE] strawman he said the opposition got better. getting better doesn't mean everyone prior was a bum you just got exposed.

Comment by BufordTannen on 05-08-2017

Unable Sanchez telling the truth for once. Straight up and down.

Comment by aboutfkntime on 03-21-2017

[QUOTE=Hype Job;17525534]Ward's a hard fight but stylistically he's easier for GG than Jacobs.[/QUOTE] i was going to call you an absolute dickhead, but it could be more humorous to hear you explain why waiting, with baited breath :lol1: username =…

Comment by Reloaded on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=Hype Job;17525657]Ward's a good fighter but you're an idiot if you think it will be easy for him against GGG. Ward himself has acknowledged a fight against GG won't be easy.[/QUOTE] Ward will beat him very clearly but it doesn't…

Comment by Hype Job on 03-20-2017

[QUOTE=Reloaded;17525583]Honestly you don't know what you are looking at Andre is a class above Danny, you do realize boxing is all classes.[/QUOTE] Ward's a good fighter but you're an idiot if you think it will be easy for him against…

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