Sanchez: Saunders Doesn’t Want GGG Fight
Even though Abel Sanchez is certain Gennady Golovkin would beat Billy Joe Saunders in a middleweight unification fight, the trainer doesn’t think Saunders would want the fight.
“Look, we know now that he’s never gonna be the unified champion,” Sanchez told reporters after Golovkin’s second-round knockout of Vanes Martirosyan at StubHub Center.
“Saunders is never gonna fight him. Saunders is never gonna fight him because, like I said a little while ago, is looking for lottery money. He’s waiting for that opportunity and Saunders doesn’t wanna fight him.”
Saunders was campaigning for a fight with Golovkin following Canelo Alvarez pulling out of the May 5th meeting, due to a six month suspension for two failed drug tests. While Saunders was claiming he wanted the fight, he wanted Golovkin to cancel his May 5th date and come to the U.K. in June.
Sanchez believes that if offered the fight, the WBO champion would price himself out of a fight with Golovkin .
“Well, he asked for $7 million to fight [Daniel] Jacobs,” Sanchez said. “Isn’t that what he asked for to fight Jacobs? So imagine Golovkin. It’s gonna be Anthony Joshua money. So we’re kind of, in my opinion, we’re not gonna get that fourth belt. So really, the belts are not as important as what’s in Gennady’s best interests.”
The 28-year-old Saunders is scheduled to make the next defense of his WBO title June 23 against Martin Murray at the O2 Arena in London.
Original Story: Boxing Scene