Sanchez: GGG Is Not Fighting Till 2018
There were rumors that Gennady Golovkin would take an interim fight in December, potentially to warm up before the rematch with Canelo Alvarez, but it seems both sides are dead set on making the rematch next year.
Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, who was in New York to work the corner of Golovkin’s stablemate Murat Gassiev, told Boxing Scene that the rematch is too big for the showdown not to happen next for both fighters.
“Gennady is definitely not fighting in December or this year in fact… Both sides (Golden Boy Promotions and K2 Promotions) have been in negotiations and they spoke as recently as this past Tuesday at the Cotto press conference. I believe there are going to meet this week. I think it’s close.”
Sanchez feels the best time to make the fight would be during the traditional Cinco De Mayo boxing weekend because the attention of the world usually falls on the sweet science.
“It’s a perfect day if they do it in May, with the whole Cinco de Mayo for the Mexican people… If it is in May, obviously no one’s going to fight in between. It’s too important of a fight to getting someone hurt or cut. May the 5th is perfect for me.”
Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who is the promoter for Canelo Alvarez recently stated that should David Lemieux win his fight with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders on December 16, that a match between Canelo and Lemieux could be made if the negotiations for the Canelo-Golovkin rematch fall apart.
If Canelo-Lemieux were to happen, Sanchez feels that scenario wouldn’t be good for the sport.
“It goes back to all the trash talking and all the talking they were doing before the fight. What he could do and what they were going to do in knocking out Golovkin and now they run to that route. First they gave up the belt and then they run from Golovkin to go after Lemieux – should he go that route. That’s Golovkin’s leftovers if he does win. It’d be sad for boxing.”