Abel Sanchez: When all comers means except you!
Recently Abel Sanchez’s comments regarding a possible showdown with Jermall Charlo have generated a lot of buzz. He had this to say:
Charlo is a good fighter. He had a good reign at junior middleweight. He’s a good boxer. He gets into some trouble sometimes because he talks a little more than he should. But he’s not a marquee name that would warrant Golovkin fighting him. I think Saunders is a much bigger fight than Charlo.
There has been considerable debate since this interview. On one hand, many feel that Golovkin has a mediocre resume and Charlo brings the attributes and skillset to truly test the Kazakh KO artist.
There’s another contingent of fans who feel that Charlo is inexperienced, and hasn’t earned the opportunity to challenge Golovkin. This, regardless of him being ranked #1 by the WBC.
Exploring A Fans Thought Process.
There are two very distinct schools of thought regarding this fight. Some believe should Golovkin get past Canelo in September, he should fight a unification bout with Billy Joe Saunders. This fight has the potential to be very lucrative, in which they’ve negotiated terms previously. This is a relatively easy fight to make.
The second school of thought involves the idea that Golovkin is cut from the cloth of a Marvin Hagler. If true, then fighting Charlo is the next logical step in building an all time great middleweight legacy.
There’s a case to be made for both arguments. He only needs one victory to tie Bernard Hopkins for successful title defenses at middleweight (20).
Most Golovkin fans site Charlo’s resume at middleweight as a reason for the fight not being made. Charlo has fought Sebsatian Heiland (WBC #4 challenger) and Hugo Centeno in a WBC title eliminator.
What makes Sanchez’s comments ring hollow to many fans is some of the names and circumstances on Golovkin’s resume. With voluntary defenses against Grzegorz Proska, Gabriel Rosado, Nobuhiro Ishida, Curtis Stevens, Osumanu Adama, Willie Monroe and welterweight titlest Kell Brook. While Charlo, whose fought a title eliminator should be forced to wait, or fight a second elimination bout.
What are your thoughts?
By: Corey Cunningham