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Abel Sanchez: If not for Golovkin, Canelo would already be fighting at middleweight

Abel Sanchez has serious doubts about Canelo Alvarez facing Gennady Golovkin this year, saying Canelo may not be willing to face him for another couple of years.

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

Currently there are two big fights to be made in the sport of boxing - with one of them being the light heavyweight showdown between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, expected to take place later this year. The other is the much talked about middleweight title fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

But despite the anticipation from fight fans, there are at least some insiders who don't believe the Canelo-GGG fight is on its way any time soon. Here's what Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez had to say about the potential meeting between Canelo and GGG:

"I don't think Canelo wants to fight GGG. We won't see Canelo until probably 2018. Aye look, Oscar [De La Hoya] gotta be smart. When Arum was doing Pacquiao, he used him for how many years before he really put him against anybody? If Golovkin wasn't there, Canelo would be a middleweight."

This is an interesting theory considering that 'Caneloweight' has been a topic of heated discussion over the past couple of years. What say you, fans? Would Canelo be officially campaigning at 160lbs instead of taking on Amir Khan if not for Golovkin? Is Canelo really ducking the fight?

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