By: Sean Cross
to speak FightHype At the WBC convention in Acapulco, legendary trainer Abel Sanchez had a lot of news to share. “I’m retired,” he said. “I sold the gym and got out completely.” But the man who guided Gennady Golovkin to become one of the most powerful forces in boxing isn’t completely out of his game. “I want to be involved in this division,” Sanchez said, adding that he wants to stay in the fight game without training fighters. Sanchez was asked if he would be an analyst. “Maybe so,” he said. “Now I want to spend some time with my family.”
He may not be a trainer, but Sanchez had something to say about Golovkin’s old foe Canelo Alvarez. Although Canelo recently defeated Golovkin in their third fight (Golovkin was not trained by Sanchez, by the way), suffice it to say that Canelo will face WBA light heavyweight champion Bivol in a rematch. Sanchez doesn’t think that’s the best approach.
“I think he should stay at 168,” he said of Canelo. Certainly Canelo had to move up in weight to face Bivol at light heavyweight. And of course the man has done well for himself at super middleweight. “I think that’s probably his best weight,” Sanchez said.
All that being said, Sanchez admits to being impressed by Bivol. “I have to give Bivol a lot of credit for what he’s done in the last two fights,” Sanchez said. “It’s a tough fight for Canelo. Bivol is a big man. He’s a natural at this weight, and I think it’s wide open for Canelo to beat him. Not that Canelo had anything bad to say about the multi-division champion. on the contrary. “He went up,” Sanchez said of Canelo jumping up to lightweight to face Bivol, “and it was a little big for him. I think all great champions are like that, hoping to move up and command those divisions.”
In other words, even though he lost, Sanchez feels Canelo deserves credit for daring to be great. “He fought one of the best at that weight,” Canelo said of the jump to heavyweight. “It would have been difficult for Bivol to go down to 168, but at 175, I think he was the weight, and Canelo is too small.”