Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin: "Fight may happen when GGG is 60"
Tuesday afternoon at the Palm restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, K2 Promotions held an intimate press conference for Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, promoting his September 10 bout with current IBF Welterweight title holder Kell Brook.
Although GGG is solely focused on facing the confident Briton, a very popular Mexican fighter quickly became a hot topic of discussion among various media members in attendance.
When asked to share his thoughts on Canelo Alvarez's unpopular decision to relinquish his WBC Middleweight distinction rather than face Golovkin in a 160 pound unification bout, the hard hitting Kazakh's trainer pulled no punches with a candid response.
"Canelo, I thought was never going to fight us...at least not right now anyway," admitted Abel Sanchez to FightHub TV. "The fight may happen when Gennady is 60. But for right now, I didn't think he would fight us."
Because the 26 year old Mexican native currently owns an impressive resume, and has shown a genuine willingness to step in the ring with the apparent best in boxing, many believe the decision to ditch the coveted WBC title and seemingly avoid the best Middleweight on the planet was constructed by Canelo's promoter, Oscar De la Hoya.
Sanchez chooses not to hold any promoter responsible for what is ultimately a fighter's decision.
"When you get to the championship level, these are grown men," explains the experienced fight trainer. "The fighters are making decisions for themselves, the future of their families, and of their own lives. Ultimately promoters, managers, and trainers work for these fighters. The fighters are the ones who get paid. The fighters are the ones who sign the contracts with the networks and have to get in the ring. We work for them."
"So if a fight isn't made, it's not because the manager or the promoter didn't want it...the fighter didn't want it. But the promoter and the manager are going to discuss the best opportunities available for that fighter, recommend what he should or shouldn't do. But ultimately the fighter makes the decision."
While the Big Bear Lake based coach believes "Golovkin vs. Canelo" would be a very competitive and entertaining fight, Abel thinks the match-up probably won't materialize because the obvious risks may be too great for Alvarez's career at this time.
"I hope that I'm wrong," claims Abel Sanchez. "I hope that I'm wrong, not necessarily for me, but for the fans. It's a fight that the fans really want to see, and they're anticipating a great fight...I am too. I don't think it's a walkover fight. I think Canelo is a warrior, but the business of boxing is why the fight's not happening. It's not happening today, it's not happening September of this year, and it may not happen in September of next year, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the idea that he's not ready."
"The business of boxing is what Canelo and his team are basing their decision on."
So if Golovkin is successful in getting past Kell Brook on September 10, what's next for the avoided Middleweight champion if Canelo, Saunders, or Jacobs refuses to accept the challenge of fighting GGG?
"We're not going to wait for Canelo, Saunders or anyone. Time is not on our side. If Canelo does fight us in September of next year, Gennady will be 35 year old. We're going to stay busy. If these guys don't want to step up, that's their business."