Andre Ward vs Gennady Golovkin at 168? GGG's trainer slams Ward's drawing powerWritten by Leroy Cleveland
Last May, a superfight between Carl Froch and Gennady Golovkin was being seriously discussed.
Froch vs Golovkin would have been contested at the super middleweight limit of 168 lbs, and the boxing world was buzzing about what would have been one of the biggest showdowns in the last 10 years.
Ten months ago, promoter Eddie Hearn told Mail Online:
"It would be massive and we can fill Wembley again."
"Given Carl’s interest, we have already begun negotiations with Golovkin’s people and they are very keen.”
Froch vs Golovkin would have been a 'can't miss' match-up, stylistically, and would undoubtedly had a heavy impact on the landscape of the middleweight and super middleweight divisions, boxing's mythical pound-for-pound list and, perhaps, the sport overall.
Unfortunately, though, Froch decided to retire so that fight never happened.
Given Team Golovkin considered facing Froch at super middleweight, why didn't they consider Andre Ward at the same weight limit?
The always-outspoken Abel Sanchez, who mentors IBF/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, told BoxingScene why Ward vs Golovkin was a no-go at 168 lbs, essentially saying Ward would have been a giant risk for a minimum reward.
"Absolutely [we would have fought Froch at 168], but you're not talking about fighting for ten cents," Sanchez told popular boxing writer Ryan Burton.
"You're talking about going and fighting in front of 80,000 people. This is a business.....if he's going to go to England and make $10, $15 million dollars."
"How many people are here [at Oracle Arena]? Our guy is going to sell out The Forum. Why would we take a step backwards?,"
Sanchez believes Froch vs Golovkin would have been comparable to Froch vs Groves 2 (2014), which had 80,000 fans on-hand, and insisted his fighter would have earned in the neighborhood of $10 million.
For Ward, on the other hand, it's obvious Sanchez simply wasn't confident enough the reward was worth the risk.
Had Ward fought Golovkin last night on PPV instead of Sullivan Barrera on HBO, how big would it have been from a revenue perspective? Could it have generated enough buys to pay the fighters $7 million apiece?
Regardless of what one might think of Sanchez's decision, the risk vs reward factor is as old as the sport itself, and something many fans still fail to take into consideration when making judgments about fighters and their management teams.