Frank Sanchez says he is ready to fight any top-10 heavyweight in his next fight – including the division’s marquee stars Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.
‘The Cuban Flash’ improved to 18-0 (13 wins inside distance) with a technical decision victory over Nagy Aguilera (21-11) in Arlington, Texas on Saturday night.
And afterwards the 28-year-old – ranked by three sanctioning bodies and #6 with the WBO – set his fights on moving up to elite level.
Sanchez wants big guns
He told Matchroom Boxing: “Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Fury, anybody. Anybody in the top 10, I’m coming. I’m ready to fight, anybody in the top 10 I’m ready to go.”
Sanchez was clearly not happy with the ending of Saturday’s fight. Aguilera went to the canvas in Round 6 claiming he had been hit on the back of the head. Replays suggested the punch skimmed his shoulder and grazed the back of his head.
“I’m glad I won, I’m happy that I won. I was beating him every round and little by little I was breaking him down,” said Sanchez.
“He knew at some point he was gonna lose the fight so he quit the fight. I would have preferred to knock him out, I like to knock people out. But he knew that’s where it was going, so he tried to justify his loss by quitting.
“I finished my fight well, I did everything my corner told me to, (Sanchez trainer) Eddy Reynoso told me what to do and I followed instructions and I just finished the fight the way he told me to.”
Sanchez was delighted to get the opportunity to fight on the enormous Canelo vs Saunders show at AT&T Stadium.
“I’m very happy with the public – it was an amazing crowd. This event is humungous. It’s really good for me. I did what I was supposed to do and I’m very happy to be in front of this crowd.”
Sanchez on Canelo influence
Sanchez is just one of a host of stars working under trainer of the moment Reynoso. And training alongside the likes of P4P king Alvarez is something the Cuban clearly relishes.
“It’s been a beautiful experience working with them, working with Canelo. He’s taught me a lot – he’s always told me footwork is better than any heavyweight and I’ve got to concentrate on that.
“Eddy Reynoso’s the best trainer, he’s taught me a lot of things. It’s just a beautiful experience to be in camp with them and learn every day from Canelo. We work out all the time together and it’s just been beautiful.”