They wanted Cotto, and they couldn't get him. So, they wanted a lefty, and they did get him. Triple G (32-0) couldn't lure Miguel Cotto to see who the best middleweight titlist is. So, in keeping with his wish to stay busy, until the money pot and fan demand grows to where a Cotto or a Canelo or a Floyd or a Ward, if he wants to venture north, have to tangle with the misery-fisted Kazakh, Golovkin chose NY-state lefty Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1) for his next violent waltz partner.

Monroe is known to some fight fands, more than the man who may though would get this gig, Argentine Jorge Heiland. Monroe beat two undefeateds to snag the middleweight “Boxcino” tourney last year, and his promoter Art Pelullo told me that the climb will be hard, but his kid can do it. I'm dubious, as I think Golovkin is one of the five best boxers on this eart right now. And Monroe ain't. But like all of you, I will be tuning in, on May 16, watching HBO and these two do a leather trade at the Forum in LA.

Here is the release which went out today announcing the tangle:

GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS. WILLIE MONROE JR.

TO HOST LOS ANGELES PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE FORUM

 

Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 P.M.

Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2015) Boxing Superstar GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN and

Top-Rated Challenger WILLIE MONROE JR. will host a Los Angeles press conference to announce their World Middleweight Championship showdown on Saturday, May 16 at the Forum. Presented by K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and the Forum, the event will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

WHO:       GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN/WBA, IBO & Interim WBC Middleweight Champion

                   WILLIE MONROE JR./Top-Rated Challenger

                   ABEL SANCHEZ/Trainer of Golovkin

                   TONY MORGAN/Trainer of Monroe

                   TOM LOEFFLER/K2 Promotions

                   MATT ROWLAND/Banner Promotions

                   DANA DUFINE/the Forum

WHAT:    Los Angeles Press Conference

                   (Accredited Media Members Only)

WHERE:   THE FORUM

                    3900 West Manchester Boulevard

                    Inglewood, CA 90305

WHEN:     Tuesday, March 17

                   11:30 a.m. Media Arrival/Lunch

                   12:00 p.m. Press Conference

                   –Parking available through Prairie Ave. entrance 

                   –Enter through marked door adjacent to Box Office/West side of building

FACTS:    World Boxing Association (‘WBA’), International Boxing Organization (‘IBO’) and World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) ‘Interim’ Middleweight World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, 32-0-0 (19KO’s) of Los Angeles, California via Karaganda, Kazakhstan will make the 14th defense of his title against top rated challenger WILLIE MONROE JR.,

19-1-0 (6KO’s), of Ithaca, New York on Saturday, May 16 at The Forum in Inglewood.

On February 21 in Monte-Carlo, Golovkin stopped Martin Murray for his 19th consecutive win by knockout, the most in the history of the middleweight division. This will be Golovkin’s second fight in Los Angeles, having stopped former world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio on October 18, 2014 before a record setting crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub! Center in Carson, CA.

Monroe Jr. won the acclaimed 2014 ESPN Boxcino Tournament defeating fellow contenders Donatas Bondorovas, Vitaliy Kopylenko and Brandon Adams towards the title.

Most recently Monroe Jr. won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Bryan Vera on January 16 in a bout telecast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Monroe is currently ranked #2 by the WBA, #5 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC.   

SOCIAL MEDIA: For more information, visit www.K2Promos.comwww.GGGBoxing.com, www.Banner-Promotions.com, www.FabulousForum.com and www.HBO.com/boxing.

Follow on Twitter at Gennady Golovkin @GGGBoxing, Willie Monroe Jr. @WillieMonroeJr, Tom Loeffler/K2 Promotions @TomLoeffler1, Banner Promotions @BannerBoxing, the Forum @theForum and HBO Boxing @HBOBoxing and become a fan on Facebook

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Wow! "The Worm" Junior is more like his father than I thought. OMFG! Another generation being moved by ignorant management too early to fight a monster with mitts on. Junior's management should be arrested for conspiracy for putting out a hit. Three g has bloody murder on his mind. And his mind on bloody murder. Holla!


-Skibbz :

Agreed RG. Way too Green. And GGG's management know it. This will be over before the 5th.


-Pazuzu :

No disrespect to Monroe, but he has no business being in the ring with Golovkin. If Brian Vera could walk Monroe down...oh,man. This aint gonna last long...and it won't be pretty. Is this really the best matchup they could make?


-Radam G :

No disrespect to Monroe, but he has no business being in the ring with Golovkin. If Brian Vera could walk Monroe down...oh,man. This aint gonna last long...and it won't be pretty. Is this really the best matchup they could make?
It is all about that big purse. Best match ups are at the bottom of the list above injury and retire. Holla!


-stormcentre :

No disrespect to Monroe, but he has no business being in the ring with Golovkin. If Brian Vera could walk Monroe down...oh,man. This aint gonna last long...and it won't be pretty.
Is this really the best matchup they could make?
Short answer; "no". It's not the best matchup they could make, but Loeffler and Sanchez will try and sell it like it is. Like some of their possible opponents, team 3G are also looking away from (some of) the hard assignments; towards the easy kills/paydays. That said, this is "out/overmatching" at its best and even when the public and 3G fans are starting to wake up. Perhaps the fact that Martin - like a bride from the high gene pool that's unsure whether her matrimonial "worth" has been truly accepted and acknowledged - didn't go down when expected; threw K2's matchmaking office in a different direction.


-stormcentre :

No disrespect to Monroe, but he has no business being in the ring with Golovkin. If Brian Vera could walk Monroe down...oh,man. This aint gonna last long...and it won't be pretty.
Is this really the best matchup they could make?
Short answer; "no". It's not the best matchup they could make, but Loeffler and Sanchez will try and sell it like it is. Like some of their possible opponents, team 3G are also looking away from (some of) the hard assignments; towards the easy kills/paydays. That said, this is "out/overmatching" at its best and even when the public and 3G fans are starting to wake up. Perhaps the fact that Martin - like a bride from the high gene pool that's unsure whether her matrimonial "worth" has been truly accepted and acknowledged - didn't go down when expected; threw K2's matchmaking office in a different direction.


-Skibbz :

Well I'm sure they aren't at all clueless Storm. I think they know where GGG is best and they're making sure he has what's vital to his and their success - longevity. As always the fans lose out but we're not the ones who get the headaches both physical and financial after the final bells ring


-Pazuzu :

Perhaps the fact that Martin...didn't go down when expected; threw K2's matchmaking office in a different direction.
Indeed. I'd be curious to understand their rationale. I thought GGG turned in a dominant performance against Murray and only further established himself as the man to beat at 160. Why not Heiland or N'Dam? Heiland was in the running, right? Monroe is half a step above a club fighter. For Golovkin's team, the toughest part of this fight will be billing it as a competitive matchup. The last two guys Monroe knocked out had records of 3-35 and 19-18-3. Now he's stepping into the lion's den. Having a stay busy fight is one thing, fighting patsies in prime time is something else. This may be a Garcia-Salka level mismatch.


-Chris L :

Getting bored of watching Golovkin against sub par opponents, he should have taken a step up 4 fights ago now. His management is building this perception that he's avoided, but he's not, there's a plethora of fighters between 154-168 that would be willing to fight him, but time after time they are taking these sub par opponents. I hope he loses so everyone will see the farce that the fans are being sold. I mean, the dudes in his prime, and he's taking a step back in opposition. If his management are correct in saying he can't get a decent fight at 160 (which they're not) then they should step up to 168 and find a fight there if he's so great. If they don't want to step up to 168, which they don't, then stop listing off fighters names saying they're scared, it's bs (i.e; Ward, Froch, Chavez jr et al). My point is; it doesn't matter if they want to stay at 160 and fight sub par opposition, but stop selling him as the second coming of Godzilla if that's what they want to do, it's dishonest and annoying.


-Radam G :

Getting bored of watching Golovkin against sub par opponents, he should have taken a step up 4 fights ago now. His management is building this perception that he's avoided, but he's not, there's a plethora of fighters between 154-168 that would be willing to fight him, but time after time they are taking these sub par opponents. I hope he loses so everyone will see the farce that the fans are being sold. I mean, the dudes in his prime, and he's taking a step back in opposition. If his management are correct in saying he can't get a decent fight at 160 (which they're not) then they should step up to 168 and find a fight there if he's so great. If they don't want to step up to 168, which they don't, then stop listing off fighters names saying they're scared, it's bs (i.e; Ward, Froch, Chavez jr et al). My point is; it doesn't matter if they want to stay at 160 and fight sub par opposition, but stop selling him as the second coming of Godzilla if that's what they want to do, it's dishonest and annoying.
I hear ya! I'm glad that somebody else with a brain can see that. Because every time that I say anything about 3g's tricks of the trade and optical illusions, I'm hammered and called a hater. Holla!


-The Commish :

I've got Willie Monroe coming on my show on Monday. I will try to post either a link to the interview or highlighted excerpts. I am very curious as to what made Monroe take this fight. Obviously, he'll be making more money than he ever made before. But it's got to be more than that. On Monday, I'll ask him. -Randy G.


-Radam G :

I've got Willie Monroe coming on my show on Monday. I will try to post either a link to the interview or highlighted excerpts. I am very curious as to what made Monroe take this fight. Obviously, he'll be making more money than he ever made before. But it's got to be more than that. On Monday, I'll ask him. -Randy G.
Whaddup, Commish? I've not seen you post for a minute. I thought that you were on vacation in Europe or something. I difinitely want to hear what "The Worm" Jr has to say. Holla!


-Radam G :

I've got Willie Monroe coming on my show on Monday. I will try to post either a link to the interview or highlighted excerpts. I am very curious as to what made Monroe take this fight. Obviously, he'll be making more money than he ever made before. But it's got to be more than that. On Monday, I'll ask him. -Randy G.
Whaddup, Commish? I've not seen you post for a minute. I thought that you were on vacation in Europe or something. I difinitely want to hear what "The Worm" Jr has to say. Holla!


-amayseng :

Ggg is staying busy while waiting for Cotto to come out from hiding underneath his bed stop hating RG ggg is the real deal!


-The Commish :

Whaddup, Commish? I've not seen you post for a minute. I thought that you were on vacation in Europe or something. I difinitely want to hear what "The Worm" Jr has to say. Holla!
It wasn't Europe. Me & the Missus were on a cruise to the Grand Turks, something we booked last Summer. We had a super time, especially getting away from the ice and snow in New York. I look forward to hearing from Willie Monroe. He has to know what a huge underdog he's gonna' be vs GGG. -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

I've got Willie Monroe coming on my show on Monday. I will try to post either a link to the interview or highlighted excerpts. I am very curious as to what made Monroe take this fight. Obviously, he'll be making more money than he ever made before. But it's got to be more than that. On Monday, I'll ask him. -Randy G.
After the Rubio fight, the question was posed which fighter out there would give Golovkin the toughest test? I stated at that time that it would be Willie Monroe. Why? His ultra slick southpaw style. Monroe is quick and elusive. He does not hit hard but is defensively very skilled. I am very excited for this fight (yes I am) and credit Golovkin a lot for taking on a fighter with such a slick style as Monroe. Do I think Monroe will win? No but I am very interested to see how the aggressive Golovkin handles the slick quick defensively skilled southpaw Monroe. It could (I am saying could) be a stylistic nightmare for Golovkin. This is not Matthew Macklin, Rubio, Martin Murray, etc. Aggressive fighters who came forward and played right into Golovkin's hands. And why Monroe took the fight? Yes money but the guy was looking for an opportunity. Anything...His phone was not ringing because nobody wanted to fight a slick quick defensive minded southpaw. He was having the issue that Winky Wright had 15 years ago or so. And when the opportunity presented itself, I guarantee when the door was cracked Monroe did everything he could to convince HBO, Golovkin's team, etc to make this fight happen.


-The Good Doctor :

I hear ya! I'm glad that somebody else with a brain can see that. Because every time that I say anything about 3g's tricks of the trade and optical illusions, I'm hammered and called a hater. Holla!
I roll with you and Chris. Look, I do think GGG is good but I have yet to see him fight anything much more than a cadaver. Stop yapping and move out of your class. And as much as a Cotto fan as I am, I am willing to admit that GGG fighting Cotto is only a fight that make sense on paper. Cotto won the belt at 160 at a convenient time as many people have done in the past, ex (Roy Jones fighting Ruiz). Therefore, even though GGG can and wants to fight Cotto, he really is chasing a blown up welter. Lets be real too. He needs to get moving. Disregarding Hop, Archie Moore, and a handful of others your best years are in that 26-35 range in pugilism. GGG is 32 and father time is beginning to take notice.


-The Shadow :

I hear ya! I'm glad that somebody else with a brain can see that. Because every time that I say anything about 3g's tricks of the trade and optical illusions, I'm hammered and called a hater. Holla!
You already know the deal, brother.


-Skibbz :

After the Rubio fight, the question was posed which fighter out there would give Golovkin the toughest test? I stated at that time that it would be Willie Monroe. Why? His ultra slick southpaw style. Monroe is quick and elusive. He does not hit hard but is defensively very skilled. I am very excited for this fight (yes I am) and credit Golovkin a lot for taking on a fighter with such a slick style as Monroe. Do I think Monroe will win? No but I am very interested to see how the aggressive Golovkin handles the slick quick defensively skilled southpaw Monroe. It could (I am saying could) be a stylistic nightmare for Golovkin. This is not Matthew Macklin, Rubio, Martin Murray, etc. Aggressive fighters who came forward and played right into Golovkin's hands. And why Monroe took the fight? Yes money but the guy was looking for an opportunity. Anything...His phone was not ringing because nobody wanted to fight a slick quick defensive minded southpaw. He was having the issue that Winky Wright had 15 years ago or so. And when the opportunity presented itself, I guarantee when the door was cracked Monroe did everything he could to convince HBO, Golovkin's team, etc to make this fight happen.
The match up reminds me of the recent Kovalev Agnew fight, and I think it'll end in a very similar manner. Untested green foe who slowly crept up the ladder meets a vicious puncher who hits him with a heavier leather than he's conditioned for, both physically and mentally, and he will crumble n tumble before the middle rounds. I said it after the Murray fight, they aren't taking GGG north because at 168 the risks are too much out of their favour. At 160 he is the hardest puncher and amongst the strongest. But at 168 he slides back down the scale a little in my opinion. Sure at 168 we will see him compete much better, and he may be still knocking guys out but the best at 168 will pose him serious problems in my view. In his amateurs he got his face busted up but still kept a phenomenal record of something like 350-5... That was with fighting guys both long and short. But amateurs and pros are different sports and the experienced, long and the strong will make greater competition in the ring with Golovkin than we will ever see at 160.


-deepwater2 :

Let the number one middleweight stay at middleweight and collect all the belts. Cotto is the Lineal, but he needs to get a good defense. GGG is number one at middleweight just like Kovalev is the number one lt heavy. Quillin will dump his belt again if he gets by Lee because the PBJ league is handing out belts soon enough. GGG is keeping busy until he can get Lemieux or N Dam ,Cotto, BJ Saunders, Eubank Jr, Lee or anyone with a belt. In the meantime it's fun to watch a top man fight every three months until he can get a big fish. GGG's people say that they can make a fight with anyone, but is the outfit known as pbj boxing , allow their guys to fight GGG? No.