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Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin Cooks Willie ‘The Mongoose’ Monroe!

by on May.19, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan at ringside

 

Gennady Golovkin, at left, punishes Willie Monroe Jr. (photo courtesy of Will Hart and www.insidehboboxing.com)

Gennady Golovkin, at left, punishes Willie Monroe Jr. (photo courtesy of Will Hart and www.insidehboboxing.com)

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, May, 16, 2015 — The Forum in Inglewood once again hosted a magical night for the ages thanks in large part to Gennady Golovkin’s awe inspiring destruction over the skilled and game, but ultimately outclassed Willie Monroe Jr. In the brief time the bout lasted, just over 5 rounds, there was enough facets of the game on display to satisfy everyone from the lover of a chess match to the fan thirsting for a savage bar room brawl. Predictions were divided before the bout, falling between calling Monroe out matched and an easy opponent to claiming that his speed and slick skills would see him survive and upset Gennady via decision. Please read along as I provide you with a first hand account of the main event.

The brief co-main afterglow is still fresh when Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe (19-1, 6 Kos) suddenly appears at the perimeter of the arena prepared to make his ring walk.  Apparently we aren’t going to have to wait for an hour as is pretty customary when a co-main ends very quickly. The fans in the arena begin their boo’s — the arena is packed and 99% of them are here for Gennady, many of them wearing official and custom made Gennady Golovkin apparel. It must be somewhat of a gut check for the young Monroe to enter under these conditions.

Willie is made to wait for quite some time as the Gennady “GGG”, or more commonly “Triple G” Golovkin (32-0, 29 Kos) show cranks up the hype, the large monitor begins playing highlights of Triple G knockouts interspersed with a rapper singing a tune about his fighting style, “this is my style, Mexican style.”  Then the hero makes his appearance wearing traditional Kazakh clothing that shines a brilliant combination of blue and gold. Upon entering the ring Triple G appears very confident, warmed up with a light sheen of sweat and happy, while Monroe is pacing around the ring trying to stay warm during the long wait.

As the first round begins, Monroe comes out looking very tight and nervous, but lands the first punch of the fight, a quick flicking jab flush on the forehead of Triple G. Triple G simply walks forward.  Man, he is so good at cutting off the ring and has such poise in the ring. Monroe tries his best move away but is trapped in the corner and takes a heavy straight right hand to the head. He tries to escape to the left but Triple G stays right on top of him so he can’t get back to ring center and is forced to move only along the ropes. When Monroe stops moving for a second, he gets blasted with two left hooks from Triple G and jumps back on his bicycle. Triple G allows Monroe to briefly get to ring center and then blast him with a short left uppercut right under the guard that Monroe never sees coming.  Sweat flies and Monroe retreats to the ropes. When the bell rings to end the first stanza, I realize I’ve observed a first in all the boxing matches I have watched: Willie Monroe employed a lot of movement but just about all if it was relegated to the ropes; he literally circled the ring while being pinned back against the ropes. Triple G truly is a master of cutting off the ring, even against a slick southpaw.

Triple G comes rushing right out at Monroe at the start of the second heat.  He’s very economical with his punches, but they all land with deadly force and accuracy.  Midway through the round, Monroe throws out a right jab and pulls it back low, paying the ultimate price for his mistake when Triple G dumps him hard with a blazing fast left hook right on the point of the chin.

Monroe’s whole body shakes as he falls to the floor, making us at ringside think the fight is over right as Monroe scrapes himself up off the canvas just in time to beat the count. Triple G gives Monroe no quarter and rushes right in winging hard lefts and right hands over the guard.  A chopping right hand dumps Monroe, who fell also to just get away from the onslaught — Triple G almost ran him over! While administering the count to Monroe, referee Jack Reis motions to Triple G to go wait in the far right corner. Triple G ignores his request and tries to end the fight, but the bell saves Monroe from further abuse.

Just when it looks like it is all over for our challenger, Monroe comes out for the 3rd and 4th rounds and takes the fight to Triple G, landing enough hard jabs and straight lefts to visibly mark up the hero’s face and stop him in his tracks a couple of times.  During these two rounds, Monroe is able to take the crunching shots of the KO king a lot better, causing his confidence to grow as he comes forward and lands a right, left to Triple G’s body at the end of the 4th.

In the 5th round, Triple G steps up the intensity a little more, but appears a little tired from all of the heavy leather he has been slinging thus far.  About a minute into the round, Triple G is pushed back to the center of the ring after trapping Monroe on the ropes.  If that isn’t a sign of fatigue, then I don’t know how to account for that. Triple G lands an extended barrage on Monroe near the end of the round as he is now throwing when Monroe is landing harder shots down the middle.

The bell sounds for the start of the 6th round.  Triple G rushes across the ring, hurts Monroe badly with a left hook and then throws a right hand so hard that he almost falls down! Monroe drops in a heap on the floor, rises at the count of 6 but is visibly wobbling on his feet, prompting the referee to wisely call a halt to the bout. Triple G is the winner by TKO!

During the post fight interview, Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin admits to Max Kellerman that he purposefully allowed Monroe back into the fight, and allowed himself to be hit just to give the fans a good show! The crowd went nuts with applause and cheers when Triple G revealed this!

To conclude this main event write-up I would like to pass on a unique phenomena that affected me and others at ringside who shared the same story without any prompting. During his post fight interview, Golovkin’s smiled brightly with such pleasant and radiant energy, it made me feel the same way, so much so that I had a huge smile on my face as well.  Looking around everyone in the arena, everyone was smiling and happy. Bottom line, Gennady Golovkin has a very special quality as a fighter and as a human being, he is truly a very special presence in the boxing landscape, a fighter seen maybe once every generation, and I now understand why he doesn’t just have fans, he has die hard fanatics.

 

Undercard

In the co-main event, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 Kos) of Managua, Nicaragua and Edgar Sosa, Mexico City, Mexico (51-8, 30 Kos) produced a fantastically entertaining, but short lived contest with Roman Gonzalez keeping his undefeated record intact after scoring 3 knockdowns in the 2nd round.

Edgar Sosa enters the ring first to much crowd support, as he is Mexican and the crowd majority in Los Angeles is usually Mexican and Mexican American…until, Roman Gonzalez enters the ring and receives one of the loudest and excited cheers I have heard for a fighter.  Looking around the arena I can see Nicaraguan flags everywhere.  This is the first time this exciting Kayo artist has fought in the United States and his fans are out in full force.

In the first round both men feint and move around the ring without throwing a punch causing some scattered boos to rain down. Edgar Sosa throws a couple of jabs and a right hand, both missing and eats two thudding right hands from Roman, Edgar tries to counter but his offense lands on Romans gloves. Roman opens up and lands a rib crunching hook to Edgars body, Sosa is now retreating after tasting some of the potent punching power of Roman but gets tagged twice on the ropes with a left and right.

Roman goes right back to work picking up where he left off at the end of the first, walking in confidently with a high guard just looking for an opening. Chants of “Me-Hi-Co, Me-Hi-Co” spread through the arena, shortly afterward even louder chants of “Nicaragua, Nicaragua” rain down from all sides of the arena. Spurred on by the overwhelming crowd support Roman lands a wrecking ball left hook to the chin of Edgar dumping him to the canvas immediately, he gets up and Ramon chases him down dropping him for a second time with a right hand. Edgar thinks about his plight while sitting down on the canvas and decides to get up and have another go, but his legs are not all there nor can he defend against an expert finisher on a mission as he is dumped for the third and final time the referee waiving it off without a count to end the destruction.

 

Non-Televised Undercard

In the first bout of the evening, Kazakh Super Lightweight Ruslan Madiev (4-0, 2 Kos) scored a quick 2nd round blowout of Houston Texas’ Julio Sanchez (1-1, 1 Ko)

Seniessa Estrada of East Los Angeles (3-0, 1 Ko) Scored a 6 round unanimous decision over Carly Batey (4-4, 0 Kos) of the United Kingdom

Pedro Duran (10-0, 7 Kos) of nearby Paramount California scored a 6 round TKO over Daniel Perales (5-1, 3 Kos) of Monterrey Mexico.

Undefeated Super Flyweight Ivan Morales(28-0, 16 Kos) of Tijuana Mexico scored a lackluster TKO over Mexico City’s Danny Flores (14-6, 8 Kos)

 

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