Watching Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Roman “Empire” Gonzalez perform against separate opponents was perhaps the best way to move on from Mayweather-Pacquiao disappointment.
With just two televised cards fulfilled my craving for action and entertainment for the sport of boxing.
Golovkin (33-0, 30KO’s) put on an electrifying performance dropping the slick southpaw Willie Monroe Jr. several times, and ultimately stopped Monroe in Round 6 on Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California on HBO Boxing. With the win Golovkin collected his 20th straight stoppage victory and 14th consecutive title defense.
Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KO’s) also did his part and wowed US fans on his HBO debut, whacking out veteran Edgar Sosa (51-9, 30KO’s) in two exciting rounds.
“I feel great. My special performance for you guys. Thank you for my team. Thank you for my opponent he bring beautiful drama show…” says Golovkin after the fight.
In the first round Golovkin was so accurate with his punches cracking Monroe with hard left hooks and straight rights. Monroe’s initial game plan was to outbox Golovkin from outside but had no success in doing so.
“I gave him chance. I said come on lets go, bring big drama show. Let’s go”, says Golovkin when Kellerman asked why Monroe managed to land big shots at him after dominating the first three rounds.
In the second, Golovkin blasted Monroe with a straight left hook to the head — the sneakiest one-punch knockdown I’ve ever seen in boxing. Monroe was able to get up but then again went down from another shot. It looks like it will end from there. But Monroe to his credit was able to finish the round.
Monroe came back in the fourth round, fighting from inside forehead to forehead. He obviously changed his game plan and start connecting counters, backing up Golovkin a little bit.
In the fifth, Golovkin start working again unleashing power shots from the distance.
After a solid fifth, Golovkin came out with real bad intention in the sixth, pouring heavy shots that sent Monroe down for the third time.
Monroe was able to get up, but when referee Jack Reiss if he wants to continue. “I’m done”, says Monroe.
After the fight, Golovkin calling out names. He wants the number one in the middleweight.
“I want unification! I want big big fights! Let’s go, let’s do it guys. Who is number one right now? Bring him now, I’ll show you” exclaims Golovkin.
“I’m ready for Canelo… to Miguel great champion.”