Gennady Golovkin coach Abel Sanchez feels there is one thing, one boxer specifically no less, that will stop his man unifying all of the middleweight division belts before anything else.
Golovkin made quick work this past weekend of his game Armenian stand in opponent who replaced Canelo Alvarez at the last-minute following Alvarez’ failed drugs test.
Both Golovkin and Alvarez are expected to rematch this September after Canelo sits out his six month suspension.
Golovkin’s plan either way however is to fight three times in total this year.
Meaning there’s room for another fight outside of Canelo.
‘GGG’ has always said he wants to unify all the belts at 160lbs and one current champion – WBO title holder Billy Joe Saunders from the UK is firmly on his radar for this.
Speaking to a group of reporters in the post-fight media scrum following the fight, Abel Sanchez thinks Saunders will never take the fight however:
“We know now that he’s never going to be unified champion. Saunders is never going to fight him, because Saunders is looking for lottery money. He’s waiting for the opportunity and Saunders doesn’t want to fight him. He asked for $7 million to fight Jacobs. Imagine Golovkin? That would be Anthony Joshua money.”
‘Joshua money’ referring to a recent $50 million dollar offer from WBC heavyweight champion Wilder to Joshua to take a fight with him.
Obviously that kind of money is not available in the middleweight division – but it will be interesting to see what figure might be needed by both fighters later this year if the fight is to happen.