Gennady Golovkin – the middleweight puncher from Kazakhstan who holds the WBA portion of world title belts – continued last night to terrorise his 160 pound division in his usual way as he crushed a talented but out of depth Willie Monroe Jr.
It was Golovkin’s 20th straight knockout victory, leaving him with one of the highest KO ratios in the sport - and middleweight history - just shy of 91% of his 33 fights (30 KOs).
After a dominant first round of Golovkin stalking forward in his menacing way, but the “big drama show” started to wind up in round 2 when Monroe hit the canvas after getting caught with a heavy left hook. Monroe bravely resumed to action despite unsteady legs and a wild crowd chanting “Triple G! Triple G!” at Golovkin’s every move. Monroe got dropped again, this time to a right hand. More unsteady the American pressed forward to survive the round.
Monroe, 28, from New York, had better rounds in the fourth and fifth; at times the skillful American southpaw stood toe-to-toe with Golovkin, 33, now based in California. But the clean punches Monroe landed appeared to seldom affect the native Kazakh star despite being the smaller man.
In round six at the Los Angeles Forum Golovkin cut off the ring well and looked to resume his destructive ways, landing clean punches on Monroe who visited the canvas for the third and final time - on this occasion he was on all fours.
Although Monroe beat the count, he told the Jack Reiss, the referee “I’m done”, and Golovkin wasted no time in making his position clear to his two star peers Miguel Cotto and Sual ‘Canelo’ Alvarez - who he wants to fight sooner rather than later.
“We were both in motion and he hit me with a good shot,” Monroe said. “He is strong. Golovkin did a good job. He was easy to hit but he takes a good shot.”
Munroe makes a good point. As ferocious and affective Golovkin has proved at middleweight, he is also proving to be easily hittable – and although he has never looked hurt after taking a power shot – he could find himself in trouble against a serious puncher in the super-middleweight division, where he states an interest of campaigning.
It’s hard to tell whether the Kazakh megastar-in-the-making is willing to take shots simply to make himself appear more vulnerable to snag a more serious contender and paycheck. He certainly alludes to that.
After the bout had finished Golovkin, said: “Willie is a good fighter, a tough fighter. My performance was special for you guys. The crowd can’t get enough of Triple G. “This was very good drama show. This was for you.”
The big drama show continues and fans cannot wait to see him touch gloves with a top-level fighter, but it’s hard to see anyone at 160 pounds beating the man that many are calling the next Manny Pacquiao.