Frank Sanchez believes he is the ‘best heavyweight in the world’ and could be lurking for the winner of Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker.
The undefeated Cuban is ranked #3 in the WBO rankings, just behind Joyce and Parker, and will watch closely this weekend as his heavyweight rivals battle for the WBO interim title.
Oleksandr Usyk holds the WBO title, along with the WBA and IBF titles, but the Ukrainian is being linked with future fights against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, which could mean Sanchez poses an immediate threat to Joyce or Parker.
Sanchez, who returns against Carlos Negron on the Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius undercard, told Sky Sports: “I’m not looking past Carlos Negron.
“He is a very strong fighter with very good strength which is dangerous. I have to be at my best.
“Joyce vs Parker is a very interesting fight. I think Joyce’s size and strength will eventually be too much for Parker, but you never know.
“Parker is a good boxer and I think it is possible that he can beat the slower Joyce. I will watch with interest and I expect a good fight.
“Of course I would like to fight the winner of Joyce versus Parker for the WBO Interim title. To be a champion has been my dream since I was a kid.
“God willing, I will fulfill this dream in 2023, but first I have to focus on Carlos Negron.”
Sanchez is also eager to work his way into Wilder’s plans when he joins “The Bronze Bomber” on the same program at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 15.
“Wilder has a very tough fight against Robert Helenius,” said Sánchez. “It is not certain that he will be the winner.
“If he manages to win the fight, Wilder and the WBC belt is another option for me. 2023 is going to be a very exciting year.”
“I’m looking forward to boxing another big show with Deonaty Wilder and Robert Helenius,” added Sanchez, who defeated Efe Ajagba with a dominating win at the Fury vs Wilder 3 show.
“I am so eager to show boxing fans what I can do. I truly believe I am the best heavyweight in the world. Hopefully I can show this in my next few fights.
“I want to fight against everyone who has a title belt. This is my ultimate goal, for my family and for Cuba.”
Mike Borao, who leads Sanchez along with Guadalupe Valencia, is confident that Sanchez will take another big step towards a big-name fight next year.
“Al Haymon and PBC have been absolutely fantastic in Frank’s career,” Borao told Sky Sports.
“After October 15, we will discuss how to make the biggest fights possible for him in 2023.”