Sanchez: Charlo Hasn’t Earned A GGG Fight
The middleweight division is beginning to become deep with world class talent, and creating a litany of potential matchups, with the top of the list is obviously the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
After the Canelo rematch, GGG’s trainer Abel Sanchez is unclear of the path Team Golovkin will take.
“After that rematch with Canelo, who knows? It’s a matter of sitting down with the whole team and trying to line up a path that’s best for Gennady. Nothing is written in stone and you just mentioned [David] Lemieux should he win [with Billy Joe Saunders] and that’s another name that could happen next year. Depending on how the whole negotiations go with Tom Loefller and Golden Boy who handles Canelo, then we can map out 2018.”
One option would be the mandatory challenger to Golovkin’s WBC middleweight title, Jermall Charlo. Charlo recently moved up to middleweight and knocked out John Sebastian Heiland to become the mandatory contender. Sanchez says that just like Golovkin had to wait his turn, so does Charlo.
“He knocked out a cripple, Sanchez said of Charlo stopping Heiland. “I think he has to earn he right to fight Golovkin. Just like a guy like Keith Thurman is telling Spence he has to wait to fight because he’s not known. I think these guys have to earn a shot to fight someone like Golovkin or Canelo. Reason they want to fight Golovkin or Canelo is because they want to cash out.”
“They want a big purse. Golovkin was number 1 rated for Felix Sturm for two years and then Martinez. Then we were mandatory for Cotto and even for Canelo it took a while. You have to make sure the people want the fight. Can you imagine what Charlo would do in sales? He wouldn’t sell nothing. I think we like to make title fights but obviously you have to earn them and he hasn’t earned it.”