Gennady Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez has said he wants his man to return to the ring next February and face the winner of Canelo Alvarez v Miguel Cotto, or mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson.

Speaking to Fighthub, Sanchez told of his desire to see the 34-0 middleweight maestro back in live action in February against one of Cotto or Canelo.

Golovkin with his belts

“I think Tom [Loeffler] has some kind of agreement with the WBC. That fight [Cotto v Canelo] is November 21 and they have 90 days, or 120 days, for them to work out what they want to do.

“I would love for him to fight in February. If it’s not against one of those two guys, then somebody else. Hopefully that’s allowable by the WBC,” Sanchez said.

The prospect of Golovkin facing the winner of Cotto v Canelo, a fight you can see exclusively live in the UK on BoxNation, will no doubt have fight fans excited.

When asked about mandatory challenger and hot prospect Tureano Johnson, who earned his shot at after beating Ireland’s Eamonn O’Kane on the Golovkin v Lemieux undercard, Sanchez said he would be keen to see him challenge Golovkin.

“I thought that was a great fight [Tureano Johnson vs. Eamonn O’Kane]. He’s ranked really high. I’d love to fight him. If they could put it together, then this could be our next fight,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez went on to reflect on Golovkin’s impressive win over Lemieux last Saturday, grading his man a 9/10 but stating that the Kazakh star could have ended the fight sooner.

“On the jab I would give him a 12 [out of 10]. He could have pressed some more when he had him hurt to the body in the 3rd or 4th rounds and got him out of there quicker.”

“Again, it’s the issue that he wants to practice some things and please the fans, and it took him a little longer to find that spot in the 5th, 6th and 7th. Then he knew it was time. I’ll give him a nine in the overall fight,” Sanchez added.

“David fought a better fight than a lot of people expected. He tried hard. I’m sure he trained real hard, and he showed me some things that I didn’t see in the N’Dam fight. In the N’Dam fight, I thought he was sloppy. In this fight, he tried and he stayed composed.”

In a wide ranging interview, Sanchez predicted that Kovalev would beat Andre Ward, spoke about Golovkin’s stellar amateur pedigree, and more. Watch Sanchez’s full interview with Fighthub below: