Trainer Abel Sanchez has come out publicly and stated that he is not happy with former 2-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) wanting to fight a tough challenger next.
That challenger is David Lemieux (38-3, 35 KOs). The fight only happens if he gets past WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) in their fight on December 16 at the Place Bell, in Laval, Quebec, Canada.
Sanchez believes that the fight is a waste of time for Canelo due to him being topped in the 8th round in his fight with IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2015.
Make no mistake about it, the fight was a mismatch. The longtime trainer believes that fans wants to see is a rematch between Canelo and Golovkin.
He also thinks that Canelo might lose, and that would wreck the rematch against Golovkin if he did take this fight.
Keep in mind that Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions are interested in making the fight with Canelo and Lemieiux due to the fact there’s good money in that fight right now while Canelo is still looking good.
There’s always the possibility that if Canelo faces Golovkin in a rematch next May, he might lose the fight by a knockout.
Thus, the interest would not be nearly as high if the red-headed Mexican star is coming off of a knockout defeat to Golovkin.
“There is talk that he (Canelo) wants the fight and if he wants to, it’s all up to Canelo,” said Sanchez to ESPN Deportes.
“It’s said that he’ll face the one who wins (David) Lemieux vs. (Billy Joe) Saunders. If he wins, Lemieux, it’s a fighter Golovkin already destroyed.
I do not know why they give importance to that fight. Boxing needs the fight of Canelo and GGG to define who is who,” said Sanchez.
“Canelo is talking like he wants to knock him out (to GGG), who wants to brawl more, so maybe if there is a knockout on one side or the other, that’s the type of fight that the people are going to like,” said Sanchez. “When they’re in close together, we’ll see who holds more,” said Sanchez.