Team GGG Not Looking Past Martirosyan
“We’re focused on May 5th.” That is the mantra Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler are sticking to, in the fallout of the Canelo Alvarez drama.
Speaking with FIGHT SPORTS this week Sanchez discussed his and Golovkin’s initial reactions to Alvarez testing positive for the fat burning drug clenbuterol.
“Disappointment,” was the first word out of Sanchez’ mouth.
“Disappointment that someone would put a fight of this value to the boxing industry in jeopardy.”
Loeffler, who always has a “plan B and C” in place for Golovkin fight, did not for the fight with Alvarez, “we were scrambling after the Nevada commission made it clear, that Canelo wouldn’t be able to fight on May 5th.”
Within the chaos of finding a new opponent for Golovkin, the Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down a six month suspension for Alvarez. And while Sanchez doesn’t disagree with the suspension from the governing body, he believes the Commission screwed up by not forcing daily testing on Alvarez when he’s able to apply for licensing in August.
On the subject of a rescheduled rematch with Alvarez, Sanchez was very clear on where he stood.
“We’ve got Vanes Martirosyan in front of us right now, that’s what we’re concentrating on,” Sanchez said on Monday.
“I’m sure Tom Loeffler is on the phone with not only Eric (Gomez), but Oscar (De La Hoya) to try and put together something if everything goes well on the 5th. I think we have to fight the 5th first before we (Golovkin and Sanchez) think about everyone else.”
“Abel’s 100% correct,” Loeffler claimed in a phone interview earlier this week.
“Everybody’s focused on May 5th, that’s the amount of respect we have for Vanes… If GGG doesn’t win on Saturday, there’s no conversations of a rematch with Canelo.”
An upset by the California based fighter is not a likely scenario, even though both Loeffler and Sanchez have praised the former U.S. Olympian’s skills. And while Martirosyan may not be an elite fighter, at the level of Canelo Alvarez, Sanchez used history as an example to why he’s not frustrated with who his fighter is facing.
“I don’t think you can name me one fighter that’s in the business right now, that’s fought three elite fighters in a row,” Sanchez told FIGHT SPORTS.
“Oscar didn’t do that, Bernard Hopkins didn’t do that, and for him (GGG) to continue to fight all the elite fighters would be ridiculous… If he fought the elite fighters the next three or four times, there would be no one left. He’d be fighting Anthony Joshua next.”
When asked about why it would be the Armenian American fighter taking to the main event on May 5th, Loeffler was pragmatic in his reasoning “The fact that Vanes is a local here in Los Angeles, had a tremendous amount to do with it.”
Loeffler, Sanchez, and Golovkin are focused on May 5th, as the boxing world continues to look ahead towards September, and the looming return of Alvarez. And while its not a slight against Martirosyan, who took the fight with less than three weeks to fight night, many just want to see Canelo or Golovkin finally prove who’s the better fighter.