The lessons Abel Sanchez gained as a contractor who’s built custom homes around Southern California has parallels in his craft of constructing a fighter.
Sanchez will be honored Friday night as trainer of the year at the Boxing Writers Assn. of America dinner here – mostly for his work in Big Bear with unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
“God put us on this earth to do something, and if we’re fortunate enough to find our calling, we’re going to do well,” said Sanchez, who turned 60 in November.
“I think I was put here to be a teacher because I can convey what I know in a way people can understand. In both fields, you’re not finished unless you’re...