KEY POINTS

  • Frank Sanchez opened up his 2022 with a win
  • Sanchez is confident he's ready for a world title shot
  • The Cuban is being backed by his teammate Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and his trainer Eddy Reynoso

A highly-ranked heavyweight could be looking at a bright future ahead of him.

Coming off a one-sided 10-round unanimous decision victory over Efe Ajagba in October last year, Frank Sanchez picked up where he left off and outboxed Christian Hammer to start the new year with a shutout decision win.

Though not really known for having notable knockout power, Sanchez, who won 13 of his 20 wins via KO/TKO, vowed that he’s ready to move things up a notch and take on current world champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. What’s even more interesting is that he is also confident he can “easily” knock the pair out.

“I knock him out easily,” Sanchez recently told EsNews of Fury. “He has no boxing skills.”

“[Usyk will be] even easier,” he stressed. “Usyk has movement, but he doesn’t have the technique that I do.”

Britain's WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury lands an early punch on the way to an 11th-round knockout of US challenger Deontay Wilder Britain's WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury lands an early punch on the way to an 11th-round knockout of US challenger Deontay Wilder Photo: AFP / Robyn Beck

Sanchez is a stablemate of multi-division champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The two have been sparring partners for years and are both training under renowned boxing coach Eddy Reynoso.

As he strives for heavyweight supremacy, Sanchez feels fortunate to have the support of both Reynoso and Alvarez, the two key figures who have been motivating him all these years.

"Eddie Reynoso trusts me very much,” the Cuban told Boxing Scene in May 2021. “He sees the seriousness I put into training. He sees that I want to work, I want to be a champion, and I am very happy and proud that he and Saul are supporting me. Everyone wants me to be Cuba's first heavyweight champion.”

"I feel motivated [by the support from Canelo and Reynoso],” he continued. “They have that confidence that I'm going to be the first Cuban champion [at heavyweight]. Eddie and Saul say it, and I'm preparing myself pretty hard to become one. That's my goal in life and I'm going to fulfill it.''

The 29-year-old’s prediction about his career was echoed by Alvarez himself after witnessing his sparring partner start the year with a bang.

“He will be world champion, he will sweep everyone in the heavyweight division because he is a special talent," Canelo told El Nuevo Herald of Sanchez last week.

Despite his promising start, many believe that Sanchez will not be handed the title fights he’s yearning for within the year. A report suggested that his “safety-first” style of boxing doesn’t tempt any title holder, and he would need to be able to prove himself first by beating a heavyweight with “power and ability.”