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Sanchez: Golovkin focused on middleweight, Andre Ward is irrelevant

Trainer Abel Sanchez says that Gennady Golovkin is focused on cleaning out the middleweight division and that Andre Ward needs to be more realistic about his current bargaining power if he wants to make a fight with GGG.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Even with the Golovkin-Lemieux fight buzzing, there is still talk out there of Gennady potentially moving up to 168lbs to take on Andre Ward. Golovkin's trainer, Abel Sanchez, says all of that is on pause until his fighter has unified all the middleweight titles - meaning he doesn't think Lemieux will be much more than a speed bump and that a potential fight with Canelo Alvarez is looming for early 2016. I guess you can infer from this how Sanchez sees Cotto-Canelo playing out.

As for a future fight with Andre Ward, Sanchez says that Ward needs to come to the realization that Gennady doesn't need him take that understanding with him into any negotiations.

"Personally I think that Andre Ward is not relevant right now and hopefully one of these days he will ponder where the most important years of his career have gone. Then, once he's finished blaming everyone else, he will come back down to earth and have his people call Tom Loeffler.

"Ward has to be reasonable and negotiate something that will work, understanding that GGG does not need him. GGG is doing quite well right now and selling out arenas on both coasts. Having Ward on GGG's ledger does not matter one way or the other to us.

It's true that Gennady appears to be doing quite well for himself without the likes of Ward, which probably means he'll want to call plenty of shots in trying to negotiate any potential Ward fight. And as long as Ward continues to fight on networks like BET, it could be hard for him to make any claims of being the A-side, regardless of how highly his skill set is rated. So basically Sanchez is telling Ward that he's not in a position to make many demands on the potential fight, and at this point he's mostly right.

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