Gennady Golovkin looks increasingly unlikely to fight Billy Joe Saunders
‘GGG’ is rated as one of the world’s top pound-for-pound boxers and is unbeaten in his 37 professional fights.
Golovkin is the reigning WBA, WBC and IBF world middleweight champion and has said he wants to unify the division’s belts, a feat that would require him to lift the WBO title.
And the Kazakh mentioned the current WBO champion Saunders in the ring after his latest fight, a decision victory over Daniel Jacobs.
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Negotiations were initiated between the two fighters over a June unification fight that would see 24-fight unbeaten Saunders likely fight outside the UK for the very first time in his professional career.
However, it now appears he will take the summer off to focus on a September super-fight with 48-1-1 light middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez after Sanchez revealed that Golovkin was hurt more by the Jacobs bout than first thought.
“He was sore,” Sanchez told Yahoo.
“He had a 12-round fight.
“I didn’t see it the first day in the dressing room.
“Usually the second or third day you start to feel it and I didn’t check in with him right after.
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"After a long training camp, I’m the last person he would want to see.
“He is not a complainer.
“It’s just natural soreness.
Gennady Golovkin fought Daniel Jacobs last time he competed
“It was a difficult fight.”
Sanchez is not the first man to poor cold water on a potential Golovkin-Saunders fight.
Golovkin-Alvarez is understood to be a more lucrative option and the Mexican’s promoter Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy, claimed last month that the Saunders bout could get in the way.
Billy Joe Saunders successfully defended his title against Artur Akavov in December
“I’m not aware of anything with Saunders,” Gomez said.
“We’re talking and he’s talking about making the fight [between Golovkin and Canelo] in September.
“If he tries to do a fight with Saunders, that will screw up the plans.”