A release went out stating that middleweight Willie Monroe was “non complaint” with the WBC. Turns out he has a reason why..
First, the release:
The World Boxing Council hereby informs that boxer Willie Monroe Jr. who will fight Gennady Golovkin on May 16 at The Forum in Los Angeles has notified via his promoter Art Pelullo from Banner Promotions, that he will not comply with the WBC safety requirements. Consequently, he will not compete for the WBC championship in possession of Gennady Golovkin and in case he wins, he will not be the mandatory opponent for Miguel Cotto’s championship.
Willie Monroe Jr. will not submit the safety 30-day weigh-in, the safety 7-day weigh-in and will not present the mandatory thorough medical examinations as required by the WBC.
It is truly regrettable that Monroe has taken this decision; however the WBC will certainly cover him with life insurance and medical expenses benefit, as he is fighting in a WBC championship bout.
The WBC is very proud of our champion Gennady GGG Golovkin and we wish both fighters the best of luck in this important fight returning to the great traditional Forum in Los Angeles.
Golovkin holds the WBC INTERIM middleweight belt, Miguel Cotto holds the “real” one. Monroe, his promoter told me, is only going for the WBA strap that Golovkin holds. So why should he bother with the WBC’s regulations, he asked rhetorically. He won’t, thus, pay a fee to the WBC, or, by the way, the IBO, whose titles is also held by Golovkin.