Golovkin to defend titles against southpaw Monroe on May 16
Mar 14. Tengrinews
By Gyuzel Kamalova
Gennady Golovkin will defend his WBA Super, WBC Interim and IBO middleweight titles against Willie Monroe Jr on May 16 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, Tengrinews reports citing ESPN.com
The Golovkin-Monroe fight will be broadcasted on HBO on May 17 at 8:00 am Astana time. The press conference is scheduled on May 12 at The Forum.
Monroe (19-1, 6KOs) does not seem as a tough opponent to the more experienced Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs). According to Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler, the Kazakhstani wanted to face a southpaw boxer. Hence, Monroe was the perfect available candidate.
“Gennady likes the challenge of fighting a southpaw. He has not fought a southpaw since [his American debut against Grzegorz] Proksa [in 2012]. So Willie is a southpaw and he also has been on ESPN four times in the past years between winning the Boxcino tournament and beating Vera. Willie beat two undefeated guys in the Boxcino tournament (Adams and Vitaliy Kopylenko), so he made sense for this particular fight,” Tom Loeffler told ESPN.com
Monroe’s last fight was against Brian Vera (23-9, 14KOs) on January 16, 2015. The 28 y.o Rochester native won his opponent by the unanimous decision of the judges. The middleweight boxer defeated Brandon Adams, Vitaliy Kopylenko and Donatas Bondorovas at the 2014 ESPN Boxcino tournament.
“It’s a contract of styles, Gennady being the aggressive, come-forward fighter and Monroe being a slick southpaw. He’s never been stopped, only has one loss. So if Gennady is going to keep his knockout streak alive, it is going to come against a credible opponent in Willie. Monroe was one of the rare people who jumped at the opportunity to take the fight with Gennady,” Loeffler added.
As for the title fight against Miguel Cotto, Loeffler explained that they had not received an answer from Cotto’s team.
“We can’t force guys to fight Gennady. But he wants to stay active and we want to keep the momentum we have in Los Angeles after the Rubio fight going, so we’re going to fight at the Forum,” the promoter stated.
That much for those who accuse Golovkin of not facing serious opponents. Unfortunately for GGG, the big names were not available for the fight in May or did not express interest in the fight.