Gennady "GGG" Golovkin is looking out for a new trainer. The Khazikstan former middleweight champion has split with Abel Sanchez 7 weeks after signing a 3 year deal with streaming service DAZN that reportedly earns Golovkin $100,000 000.
Golovkin had asked Sanchez to accept a fixed amount deal to remain as head trainer but Sanchez was not happy with the terms which would have meant him earning one fifth the amount of their previous agreement.
Sanchez and Golovkin have worked together since 2010, transforming the Eastern European style GG arrived at Big Bear with into a fan-friendly, seek and destroy type adaptation.
Under the tutelage of the Tijuana, Mexico born Sanchez, Golovkin has become one of boxing's biggest stars. Many fans still regard GGG as the best middleweight in the world, even though Golden Boy promoted Saul "Canelo" Alvarez holds a controversial draw and win over the native of Karaganda, Kazakhstan.
When a boxer splits with the trainer that worked with them from the beginning and helped to make them a success, it nearly always leaves a sour taste. The public tends to feel that the big money that success brings gets the better of the fighter, leading them to think that they can keep more of the loot by sacking their long-term mentor.
"Big money makes greedy people," said Sanchez. "It's all about money. I was given a take-it-or-leave-it offer to take one-fifth of what I was earning before. I did my part, did my job."
No-one ever knows exactly what goes on behind closed doors, and there could be more than meets the eye to this split, but it is unlikely that Golovkin will improve under a new trainer at this stage in his boxing career.
DAZN has GGG fighting unknown Canadian Steve Rolls on June 8th at Madison Square Garden, a move that has not pleased boxing fans. Golovkin has been facing top-level opposition for years and his fans do not want to see him against unknowns.
The split with GGG comes on the heels of another parting of the ways. Sanchez had looked after British heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce, and the Brit recently left the solitude of Sanchez Big Bear training facility known as "The Summit" to go back to London and train under the tutelage of Adam Booth.
The link-up with Joyce was short-lived and I am sure the parting was a mutual decision, but Golovkin and Sanchez going their separate ways seem to have been a 9-year relationship ending over money. Sad, but nothing new.