Not many people believe Vanes Martirosyan will be able to impose himself on Gennady Golovkin this weekend, and trainer Abel Sanchez is no different. Sanchez says that opponents — despite whatever plans they enter the ring with — ultimately end up having to adapt to Golovkin’s style of fighting and what he wants to do in the ring.
And after looking back at some of Golovkin’s recent opponents, Sanchez predicts that Martirosyan is about to walk into a fight that he’ll never fully recover from.
“...no matter what Vanes has done in the past against other fighters, he won’t be able to do that against Gennady. He’s got to adapt to what Gennady is going to bring into the ring. He will never be the same after this fight. None of the fighters that Gennady has fought were ever the same.”
As an example Sanchez points to Daniel Jacobs recent win over Maciej Sulecki, saying that although he won that fight he looked terrible in doing so because he went through 12 hard round against Golovkin.
“It’s not only Jacobs. If you go back to [David] Lemieux, to [Curtis] Stevens, to Wade, to Willie Monroe, they are never the same. [Martin] Murray also,” Sanchez said. “They are never the same after they go rounds with Gennady. Jacobs was supposed to demolish Arias and he had a difficult time with him, which was his first fight after Gennady, and now the fight with Sulecki he looked terrible. He gets hit with everything in the book and the reason being, in my opinion, is once you [fight] Golovkin, you are never going to be the same.”
We obviously haven’t had the chance to test Sanchez’s theory against Golovkin’s most recent opponent in Canelo Alvarez, being that Canelo hasn’t fought since their meeting, but based on how that fight played out it’s hard for me to imagine he’s damaged goods at this point. Maybe his brand is — for other reasons — but certainly not from a physical standpoint.
But what say you, fans? Is there anything to Sanchez’s proclamation or is the trainer just blowing hot air?