Updated: Aug 5, 2021
Last Saturday night revealed that middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 knockouts) might not be quite invincible. Known as “Triple G”, Golovkin actually dropped a round or two on his way to scoring a crushing sixth round TKO stoppage over Willie Monroe Jr.
(19-2, 6 knockouts). However, at night’s end, Golovkin hinted that the fight went as long as it did only because he wanted to satisfy the entertainment needs of his ever growing fan base.
A southpaw, Monroe was down twice in the second stanza but the flinty challenger gave Golovkin some lumps in in the fourth and fifth frames.
A Kazakhstan native who has recently moved to California, Golovkin said, “I gave him a chance and I say ‘Here, just come on. Bring Big Drama Show! Come on, let’s do it!’ ”
The punch that put the Monroe’s dream of a title to sleep was the same one that Juan Manuel Marquez used to turn the black lights on for Manny Pacquiao in 2012; that is, a wide overhand right, that Sugar Ray Leonard once said, “is one of the best weapons against a southpaw.” It was GGG’s 20th consecutive knockout...
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