Sanchez: GGG Beats Ward & Kovalev
There is no bigger fan of Gennady Golovkin than the Kazakh’s trainer Abel Sanchez. While Golovkin prepares for a fight against Danny Jacobs with a Canelo Alvarez superfight on the horizon, Sanchez says GGG will be able to beat the elite fighters of heavier weight divisions.
In less than two weeks, boxing’s best matchup will finally take place when undefeated light-heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward compete for Kovalev’s title and potentially the top spot on the pound-for-pound list.
Sanchez, who once trained Kovalev, likes Golovkin’s chances against him and Ward.
"I was asked a question that if he ever moved up, would he be able to beat them," Sanchez said, per BoxingScene. "I said a while back that he would be a better 168-pounder than he would be a 160-pounder. Those three guys [Kovalev, Ward, Adonis Stevenson] that I mentioned are beatable by Golovkin. We have not seen the best of Golovkin. The goal right now is the four belts, so it’s not like I’m talking about it tomorrow."
Golovkin (36-0, 33 KOs) first wants to capture all of the middleweight titles, of which there is one remaining: the WBO belt currently held by Billy Joe Saunders. Golovkin will look to fight Saunders, or whoever holds the WBO belt, after taking care of Danny Jacobs in early 2017.
Before GGG moves up, of course, the long-awaited showdown with Canelo Alvarez is the prize of 2017.
Golovkin, 34, remains in his prime but most likely does not have many more years before he begins to slow down. Some questioned if that already happened this year, when welterweight Kell Brook gave GGG trouble in September before Golovkin stopped him in the fifth. According to Sanchez, however, Golovkin is just getting started.
"I’m talking about down the road when he wins the four belts. It could be a couple of years, it could be next year. It could be the end of next year that we’ll be ready to move up. Right now we’re focused on what’s in front of us, but I truly feel he’ll be a better fighter at 168."