EARLY EVENING UPDATE: Trainer Abel Sanchez is making it known he is not going quietly. Him and GGG hooked up in 2010, had a majestic run…but the split is ugly.
Here is what the Big Bear, Cali-based teacher told fight writer Kevin Iole:
And here is what Abel told writer Lance Pugmire:
They have been as linked as a boxer-trainer duo can be, in this age, really. Triple G and Abel Sanchez have been together forever, in boxing years…but that chapter is closing, it looks like, with word that the 37 year old Kazahk is moving in another direction.
On Wednesday afternoon, we received this statement, after we saw a post saying the same on GGG's IG:
STATEMENT FROM GENNADY GOLOVKIN
I would like to announce that I have made a major decision for myself and for my career. I want to build on what I have already achieved and continue to better myself. Therefore, I will not be training with Abel Sanchez. This was not an easy decision for me and it is not a reflection on Abel's professional abilities. He is a great trainer, a loyal trainer, and a Hall of Fame trainer.
I will be announcing my new trainer at a later date. But today, I want to thank Abel for the lessons he taught me in boxing.
Hardcore fans know that GGG has been in something of a re-boot; word is that he took more of the management reigns himself, is embroiled in a suit against longtime management stemming from his start-up days in Germany, and he and his wife did more negotiating on his behalf for the deal he crafted with DAZN than he'd been involved in previously. Now, this…
Sanchez has been by his side, riding side-car with the middleweight…but no longer.
The marriage was ultra long and seemingly exceedingly fruitful, outside looking in. No word as yet on who might be cornering GGG for his next bout, June 1, versus Steve Rolls, at Madison Square Garden.