In the main event on HBO, Gennady Golovkin took on Willie Monroe Jr, looking to extend his KO streak to 20 straight. Success; Good Boy provided Big Drama Show and sent Monroe to the mat, and the loser told the ref he wanted no more in round six. After 45 seconds, he knew his legs weren’t there and his brain was too buzzed and Monroe told the ref no mas. GGG sent him to the mat twice in the second and we thought we’d get an abbreviated show; but no, Monroe was able to re-calibrate, elected to stand and fight some, and showed good hand speed. But the predator was not to be put off..
Golovkin is 33, and was 159 Friday, and 170, to Monroe (from Rochester, NY), age 28, 160 up to 172 on fight night.
GGG went 133-297 to 87-305 for the loser.
After, GGG told Max Kellerman that he thanked everyone for coming. “My performance special for you guys…very good drama show, this present just for you,” he said. “I showed him who is real champ. I gave him chance, bring big drama show, let’s go…this my big present,” he said. “He is real good fighter, seriously,” he told the assembled, after Monroe came over to pay honor. He said he wanted a big fight next, Cotto, or Canelo, right away. Andre Ward has to become a star first, he said, then he can get some. He told Max also he wanted to give the fans some money’s worth, so he let Monroe get some shots in.
In the first, GGG came out intent on the lefty, stalking, blocking jabs, and he landed a decent right. Monroe was moving, landed some, didn’t look too tight or out of his depth.
In the second, GGG stalked, while Monroe looked to get off and get out. A left hook dropped Monroe. It was after a lazy jab. He was up at 1:38. A right after lefts sent him down again. He said he could continue. A left upper landed by Willie, and another. He made it to the end of the round, somehow. After the round, trainer Tony Morgan told him to stay off the ropes.
In the third, Willie stood his ground. He stayed off the ropes, threw combos, and did well to avoid bombs. GGG actually looked a bit errant and wild once or twice. Monroe found a bit of the rhythm.
In the fourth, Willie stood close, electing not to “run.” He landed some solid tosses, and made GGG miss a bunch. “You got to be a little busier,” Sanchez said, and asked for a right not to come over the top. He asked for little short punches. An upper hurt Willie in the fifth. Then he showed his hand speed, and landed clean tosses. Blood came from Willie’s lip but he was in the fight, and GGG looked a bit tired. “You got to keep touching him,” said Sanchez and he wanted more jabs.
In the sixth, a right left upper after the lazy jab hurt Monroe, then a right upper did more, a left hook high on the head, a flurry, and down Monroe went. He was up at 9.99. Ref Jack Reiss almost reached a ten count. “You just beat it,” the ref said. Monroe said when asked if he wanted to continue that he did not. “You want to continue?” he asked and repeated it. “I’m done,” came the sad reply.