Golovkin stops Monroe in six to retain middleweight titlesWritten by Joseph Herron
On Saturday, May 16, at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, the perceived destroyer of the 160 pound weight division, Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs), retained his WBA, IBO, and interim WBC titles by forcing unheralded but game Middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr. in six entertaining and action filled rounds.
The fight officially came to a halt when the brave title challenger from Rochester, New York, didn’t want to continue at the :45 mark of the sixth stanza, when asked by the third man in the ring, veteran referee Jack Reiss, whether or not he wished to carry on with the physically and mentally demanding contest.
After taking a beating for five plus rounds and being floored three times, Monroe wisely said, “I’m done”.
At the opening bell, Gennady stalked his opponent in traditional “Triple G” manner while having very few problems successfully cutting off the ring and closing the distance. Although many experts and pundits expected the 28 year old challenger’s customary lateral movement and southpaw style to give Golovkin some problems throughout the outset of the scheduled twelve round fight, Golovkin found his mark early and often.
After putting his habitually fleet-footed opponent on the canvas twice in round number two, the heavily favored champ began to open up and go for the kill to begin the third stanza. Because Willie couldn’t seem to evade the Triple G onslaught from mid to long range, the gallant New Yorker decided to take the fight into close quarters and found a bit of success landing clean hooks and uppercuts on the inside.
Despite getting hit with several flush shots throughout rounds four and five, Golovkin was determined to fight fire with fire and answered the call by punishing the hungry, young challenger with damaging blows to the body and head to start the sixth three-minute period.
With a hard left uppercut, followed by a punishing right hook and damaging left hook, Golovkin sent his worthy adversary to the canvas for a third and final time. After barely and questionably beating the referee’s ten count, Monroe astutely decided to call it an evening and concede the prizefight to the remaining champ, Triple G.
After the entertaining scrap, Gennady was most appreciate to his rapidly growing fan base in the southern California area.
“Thank you very much home…thank you very much LA,” Golovkin stated to the 12,000 plus that filled the fabulous Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. “Muchos gracias, everybody! It feels great…very good drama show. This present was just for you!”
When asked by HBO commentator Max Kellerman what he thought of potential fights with Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, and Andre Ward, Triple G’s message remained consistent.
“I stay here…I ‘m real champion,” claimed the 33 year old native of Kazakhstan. “I want unification. I want big, big fight. Let’s go…let’s do it, guys. Who’s number one right now? Bring him…I show you!”
“Not for future, I’m ready right now for big fight. I ready for Canelo and Miguel…two great champions. I’m ready right now. I understand Ward’s current situation…first Canelo or Cotto, and next Ward…I’m ready for everybody!”
With the resounding TKO victory, Golovkin picks up his amazing twentieth consecutive stoppage victory, as well as his thirteenth straight defense of his WBA Middleweight strap.
Monroe falls to a record of 19 wins and 2 losses.