Sanchez: Chavez Jr’s promoter likely won’t let him fight Golovkin
By Dan Ambrose: Abel Sanchez, the trainer for WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s), says he’s hoping that Golovkin can fight the winner of the September 15th fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez next later in the year. However, Sanchez doesn’t believe that Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum will allow him to face the dangerous Golovkin.
Sanchez sees a Martinez-Golovin fight a much easier one to get made.
Speaking with RingTV, Sanchez said “I think we stand a much better chance [of getting the fight] with Martinez, if he wins, then getting in the ring. I don’t think Chavez Jr’s promoter [Bob Arum] will put him in with Gennady.”
Those are my exact thoughts too. I really don’t foresee Chavez Jr’s promoter Bob Arum letting him fight Golovkin if Chavez Jr. is able to somehow get past Martinez next month. Arum would likely ignore Golovkin and put Chavez Jr. in with someone like former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, one Arum’s Top Rank stable fighters.
If not Pavlik, then Arum will try and match Chavez Jr. against IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. I can see that fight happening easily, even though the World Boxing Association has already ordered the winner of the Golovkin vs. Grzegorz Proksa and Geale vs. Felix Sturm fights to face each other by December 31st.
Arum will likely make it worthwhile for Geale to ignore that fight and take on Chavez Jr. If not Geale or Pavlik, Chavez Jr. will probably go back to defending his WBC 1160 pound title agaisnt the next available contender that has any kind of a recognizable name with casual boxing fans. Maybe Jermain Taylor, Matthew Macklin or Joachim Alcine.
In other words, Chavez Jr. will be matched against weaker opposition to continue to make money. Look for Chavez Jr’s fights to be back in Texas where he tends to pack large stadiums with fans. It doesn’t really matter he faces, the fans still show up to see him.
Golovkin will probably never get a shot against Chavez Jr as long as he’s holding the WBC middleweight title.