Trainer Abel Sanchez told World Boxing News on Tuesday that WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is moving “away from” Gennady Golovkin.
The 31-year-old Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) stopped Curtis Stevens at the end of the eighth round to successfully defend the WBO and IBO middleweight crowns last weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
A silver medalist as a middleweight at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the 5-foot-11 Golovkin constantly stalked the 28-year-old Stevens (25-4, 18 KOs) and floored the challenger with a ferocious left in the second.
“GGG” ultimately landed 293 punches and badly defaced the 5-foot-7 Stevens.
Although courageous and brimming with testicular fortitude, Stevens was utterly overwhelmed and the bout needed to be called.
A ferocious and accurate slugger, Golovkin’s never once hit the canvas and has now recorded 15 consecutive knockouts.
“I think that Martinez is heading in the opposite direction of Golovkin,” said Sanchez, who works out of Big Bear Lake, California. “Sergio and/or his people don’t show any interest in facing Gennady. I think Sergio wants to drop down and fight at 154, which in other words means away from Golovkin.”
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) was shelved for the remainder of 2013 after deteriorating against formidable Englishman Martin Murray in April.
Despite suffering another right knee injury, broken left hand and bad cut over his left eye, Martinez controversially outscored the 31-year-old Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) by three counts of 115-112.
Currently ranked as the fifth preeminent pound-for-pound pugilist, Martinez is graying and no longer the dominant force that won the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” award.
Using quickness, speed, reflexes and guile, Martinez could have handled Golovkin in his prime.
Unfortunately for the immensely popular Argentinean, “Maravilla” can no longer outmaneuver the Kazakh scrapper.
Accordingly, “Sergio and/or his people” likely don’t want to face Golovkin.
Expect Gennady Golovkin to “head in the opposite direction” of Sergio Martinez and tussle with either Andre Ward or Carl Froch at 168 pounds in the springtime.
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