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Abel Sanchez: I wanted GGG to fight Canelo, he decided to box

Abel Sanchez discusses the Canelo-GGG 2 outcome.

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.


“It’s two great fighters. For me to say that Golovkin wasn’t at his best would take away from Canelo. We’ve gotta give Canelo the credit, too, that he was able to do the things that he needed to do tonight. It doesn’t happen every night, but for me to tell you that Golovkin wasn’t at his best would be taking away from a great victory for Canelo.”

“I’m very proud of the fight that they gave us tonight. I’m very proud that another Mexican is a champion, especially on September 15. I’m happy for the fans. The fans won tonight. I think that they were uninspired from the first one, I think they’re very inspired from this one.”

“For me, it was never personal, it was always business. I’m just happy that the fight itself was a great fight and that the fans came out winning.”

“If I start to make excuses about Golovkin, then I’m taking away from the victory of Canelo, and that’s ridiculous.”

“We as coaches can only coach them and do the best we can in the gym and have a game plan. When we get in there, they see things that maybe are better for them. We can’t force them to do something they don’t want to do. I’m sure that Chepo and Eddy didn’t want Canelo to fight the way he fought the first time. Maybe Gennady didn’t fight the way I wanted him to fight this time. But when they get in there, they’re gonna do what they think is best. They’re the ones getting hit.”

“I wanted Golovkin to fight Canelo. If Canelo was gonna stand in the middle of the ring, I wanted him to fight Canelo. He decided it was better to do the things that he did. He had a great jab going.”

“I scored the fight even. I thought that the 12th round was the pivotal round. I said to Golovkin in the corner that I thought we were behind in about the 8th or 9th, and I told him I needed the rounds at the end. I thought it was even, but you know what? Canelo won, and that’s what’s important.”

“I think it merits (a third fight). I think this fight was a one-round fight.”

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