End of an Era: GGG & Abel Sanchez Part Ways Ahead of Golovkin’s Next Fight

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Despite the fact that he has yet to set foot in the ring this year, 2019 has already been an eventful one for Gennady GGG Golovkin.

The year opened with rumors abounding that the former unified middleweight champion parted with longtime promoter Tom Loeffler. Instead, the relationship remained intact and with Golovkin working in the background as he prepares to come into his own as the head of GGG Promotions.

Then there was the matter of his fighting home base. With HBO removing boxing from it’s regularly scheduled programming, Golovkin fielded offers from ESPN, DAZN and PBC before ultimately settling on a lucrative, $100 million dollar deal to fight three times on the streaming platform. With the move to DAZN, GGG joins elite fighters Anthony Joshua and Canelo Alvarez who look to entice new subscribers with the ability to watch them fight without paying additional pay-per-view fees. It is on DAZN where Golovkin will make his first appearance of 2019 in the ring on June 8 against relatively unknown fighter Steve Rolls.

But it was Wednesday’s announcement that left boxing observers reeling. In a message written in Russian and English on his personal Instagram account, Golovkin announced that he has parted ways with longtime trainer Abel Sanchez and will be announcing his new trainer in the coming weeks.

Responsible for coaching GGG to the WBA, IBF and WBO middleweight championship belts over the course of nine years pulled no punches by calling his former prized-pupil “greedy” reports Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

Golovkin, now residing in Southern California, gave no indication to who is in the running to be his next trainer.

Sanchez did not appear with Golovkin at Tuesday’s Los Angeles press conference to formally announce the June’s bout against Steve Rolls at Madison Square Garden in New York.


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