Going into Saturday’s fight between Gennady Golovkin and Willie Monroe Jr, no one really gave Monroe a chance. Some people, like myself, believed that Monroe’s style would at least frustrate Golovkin for a short time before getting knocked out. The truth was we were wishful thinking.
The style of Monroe was quickly negated by Golovkin’s amazing footwork as he cost off the ring with ease. Then Golovkin started to land and we all know what happens when he starts to land, his opponent goes down, just as Monroe did twice in the second round. However, Monroe fought back bravely the next couple of rounds and hung in there with the champ. At some point in the fourth round, Golovkin dropped his hands and allowed Monroe to tee off on him. It didn’t faze Golovkin one bit, his chin is made granite. By the sixth round, Monroe had all but given up on himself and after a flurry from Golovkin, he went down yet again. This time he reaches his feet right at the end on the 10 count but said “I’m done.” to referee Jack Reiss.
With each passing fight Gennady Golovkin’s fan base is growing. He has a fan friendly style of fighting that always seems to end in a knockout. Critics say he has yet to face any big competition to measure him against and they are right but no for his lack of trying. Golovkin calls out someone after every fight and as of late it has all been Miguel Cotto. Cotto has yet to reply only saying “Golovkin will have to wait his turn.”
Here’s to hoping someone steps forward soon to take the Golovkin challenge. Thanks for reading and being a fan of the sweet science.