Sanchez: Golovkin Wants To Unify Titles, Will Travel To The UK For Froch


    Abel Sanchez, trainer of perhaps the most feared man in boxing, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, spoke with following Golovkin’s destruction of tough Australian challenger Daniel Geale. Just over a year ago, in a small ball room in Connecticut, Golovkin scored an impressive body-shot knockout over then-top challenger Matthew Macklin. That glorious left hook and Golovkin’s similar performances since then have established him as one of the most exciting names not only in boxing, but in all of sports. “He’s progressed a lot… not only physically and technically, but I think that he understands his responsibility in the ring and his responsibility to the fans,” says Sanchez of his franchise fighter. In truth, the Golovkin/Sanchez corner seems to be doing everything right in regards to the fans; exciting match-ups, high pressure fights, knockout finishes.

    After a dazzling performance like last Saturday’s one has to wonder what is left for a fighter to improve upon. “I would have liked for him to have been a little more careful.” laughs Sanchez, “We we’re trying to tell him not to look out for that knockout… I know and he knows that if he hits someone square, whether it’s on the chin or on top of the head it’s going to knock him out.” Sanchez understandably worries about Golovkin getting hit, but the knockout on Saturday shows that his fighter can take a clean shot and still counter with a devastating blow.

    Golovkin isn’t impossible to hit, but he sure did look impossible to evade against one of his division’s toughest challenges in Daniel Geale. The fact is that the middleweight division is not overflowing with legitimate challenges to Golovkin. The newly crowned lineal champion at middleweight is Miguel Cotto, who Golovkin called out in the ring after his dominating performance over Geale. While a unification fight with the division’s best would be the first pick of Sanchez or Golovkin, actually inking the deal may prove difficult.

    Sanchez says he is relieved not to a trainer and not a matchmaker, and insists that of the matches offered to him by the Herman brothers and Tom Loeffler, “We haven’t turned one down yet.” Sanchez’s confidence in his fighter is apparent as he discusses possible future matchups- “If it’s not Cotto, then let it be Soliman, there’s another champion here in New York (Peter Quillin) but I think he’ll keep hiding behind the network wars. But until then, we’ll be in the gym preparing for the next victim.”

    The only brief break in Sanchez and Golovkin’s siege of the division came earlier this year when Golovkin’s father passed away. In observance of Kazak custom, Golovkin mourned for 40 days, taking a total of four months off. Though a four month is a brief layoff for some, Sanchez and Golovkin are used to fighting four times a year. The obvious emotional and possible training issues this disruption caused were issues on the minds of many fans leading up to the fight with Geale. “Two three days after we got back into camp… He was back to the same old hard-working Gennady,” explains Sanchez. has always been devoted to addressing the questions of the fans; so, in that interest, we asked Sanchez if he would be hypothetically willing to travel to the UK to fight Britain’s Carl Froch at super middleweight. Sanchez addresses our question-“[Golovkin] is a world champion, if we have to go to Monte Carlo, [or] the UK, then that’s where we have to go… We would rather stay in the U.S., but if we have to travel we will.”